The Art of Bead Crochet

January 24, 2017

The Art of Bead Crochet

If you've browsed the gallery at Island Cove, you've likely spotted a few of the bracelets and necklaces designed by Debbye Mika - The Cove's bead crochet expert. Read on to learn more about this special beading technique and why Debbye enjoys it so much.

 The Art & Stages of Bead Crochet

stringing beads in preparation for crochet
begin to crochet with hook
finish the piece with a decorative clasp

Bead Crochet Instructions

1. Select your color palette and gather your beads - this is the first step in creating your special piece. You can work with colors that coordinate with a particular outfit or are thematic in your wardrobe. Another on-trend idea: break out of your comfort zone and choose new colors that are perfect for the season.

2. Begin to crochet your necklace or bracelet using special crochet hooks. Take your time and enjoy the rhythmic repetition. This type of creativity is both rewarding and stress-relieving for many artists.

3. Add a decorative clasp - Island Cove has many to choose from - metallic finishes including copper, gold tone, sterling silver, or antique bronze. We have a gorgeous selection of toggles, magnetic clasps, and lobster claws to choose from, or bring your own.

Q&A with Instructor & Bead Crochet Expert Debbye Mika

  • Is bead crochet only done with thread? "No, there are many types of crochet that you can experiment with. One of my favorite is wire crochet and I teach a Wire Crochet class at Island Cove at least once a month. It's possible to use colorful wire to add a new look to your crochet work - you don't have to stick to silver. Island Cove sells a beautiful aqua hued wire that's perfect for wire crochet designs."
  • Do bead crochet projects require a big time commitment? "You'd be surprised, but the most time consuming part of a jewelry crochet project is often the initial stringing of beads. Once your beads are strung, it works up pretty quickly."
  • What are your favorite beads to include in your bead crochet designs? "I love the beach, and enjoy picking up seashell bits on Indian Rocks Beach. You'll see spiny oyster shells, white branch coral, and lots of vivid orange beads in my work."
  • Any final tips or tricks you can share Debbye? "Bead crochet is really easy to travel with, and fun to take along on short trips or vacations."

Can't wait to get started crocheting? Call in to The Cove to book your seat at Debbye's next bead crochet course - you're sure to be inspired too! 

wire crochet bracelet + spiny oyster shell bits
wire crochet bracelet + coral

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