Bead Pattern Obsession

     I had been searching for a way to combine my love of gaming with my love of jewelry making ever since I bought my first earring kit and 3-in-1 tool. But I wasn’t going to get anywhere close to having that dream come true until I buckled down and learned to work a beading needle. Learning the square stitch brought me nose to nose with it. However, I would still need to wrap my head around beading patterns. A bit of practice was in order.

     For my first attempt I used a pattern of a 1UP mushroom from the Mario games I saw on the Internet. I decided to try it out using the brick stitch method of off-loom bead weaving which was a complete fail. The result was almost unforgivably crooked and uneven and no one that I showed it to could even begin to guess at just what my creation was. It was a lesson learned: brick stitch + perler pattern = NO! Don’t do that!

     So I tried that same pattern again, but this time would use a totally different method: the square stitch. The result was MUCH better and instantly recognizable to everybody I showed it off to. This new and improved version was not without it flaws though. There were one or two cracked beads and a few more that were out of place. But I didn’t really care about that because I had just learned something pretty cool: that I can take any perler pattern that I want and, well, bead it. And that’s when the Great Pattern Hunt began.

     It turns out that the Internet is positively crawling with all sorts of beading patterns. They’re everywhere! Also turns out that those perler ones are the most prevalent. You can find patterns for just about anything you can think of. So what did I think of? Why anime and video games, of course! Sailor Moon, DBZ (Dragonball Z), Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Sonic the Hedgehog, Five Nights at Freddy’s, The Binding of Isaac, and many more. I soon had dozens of them, all organized into a whole “Beading Pattern” folder and I’m starting to think that I may have a problem. . .

     I started looking brick stitch patterns after getting my fill of the square stitch/perler ones. What I found were mostly peyote stitch patterns, but I found a way around that. All you have to do is turn them a certain way and they become brick stitch patterns. Er, most of the time. It doesn’t always work. This is going to save me an incredible amount of time and grief because now I kinda don’t have to specifically seek out those brick stitch patterns at every turn.

     Even though I have spent hours gathering and organizing these things and then converting them into beads, my obsession has not quite been satisfied. And so I joined Pintrest in hopes of finding all the patterns that didn’t show up during all those Google image searches. Pintrest has been more useful than I thought it was going to be. All I had to do was connect it to my Facebook account. The site even sends me emails with even more stuff to try my hand at. I honestly think that it is the beginning of beautiful things . . .to wear! And put on keychains for no reason in particular. Did I mention that I also found this really interesting pattern generator online? My (beading) life is now complete!