If you’ve mastered certain bead stitches, you might want to try coming up with patterns on your own. Creating your own patterns is a great way to let your imagination flow and it ensures your jewelry is truly one-of-a-kind. Before you can create your own patterns, you’ll need something to create them with. We’re offering free printable seed bead graph paper as part of our Designer Downloads series to help you create your very own patterns.
All you have to do is color the graph paper in with the shape or pattern desired and you’ll have a beautiful template and up-close visual to work with. Cheri and Cynthia used the graph paper to make their brick and peyote stitch designs in this Artbeads Cafe episode. Drawing out your pattern first is especially handy when making brick stitch cuties like the fish, elephant, and bird above.
We have free downloadable PDF graph paper for brick stitch, peyote stitch, square stitch, loom weaving with seed beads, and more. Our graph paper options even provide the exact bead shape for a better visual of your finished piece. For each stitch type, you’ll find graph paper templates for cylinder beads like TOHO Treasures and Miyuki Delicas, as well as templates for round seed beads. Use the links below to download and print the graph paper you need:
- Brick Stitch with Cylinder Beads
- Brick Stitch with Round Beads
- Peyote Stitch with Cylinder Beads
- Peyote Stitch with Round Beads
- Square Stitch with Cylinder Beads
- Square Stitch with Round Beads
- Bead Loom Weaving with Cylinder Beads
- Bead Loom Weaving with Round Beads
You can find these Designer Downloads on our website, too. What kind of pattern will you make first? Let us know in the comments below. We’ll be dreaming up all kinds of wonderful patterns and shapes. Once you’ve used the graph paper to make something incredible, share your finished work with us by leaving a product review (you’ll earn Rewards Points if you’re a Rewards Member) or by sharing on our Facebook page. Have fun creating endless patterns for your designs!