Here are just a few of our favorite websites for downloading bead patterns
Laura Cole’s Original Patterns
We recently started an Etsy page specifically for tutorials written by Laura, so that beaders from outside our local area can instantly purchase and download these original designs. We also highly recommend searching Etsy for all the other designer sites that features a HUGE variety of designs for all levels and styles of beading. If you are a fan of peyote designs, Etsy is a treasure trove of inspiration!
Our boards on Pinterest are organized to help you get directly to what interests you. Whether you are looking for patterns that use some of the new 2-hole bead types, or patterns that focus on peyote stitch, we have something for everyone. We also love suggestions, so feel free to suggest pins that you think our other beaders will also enjoy!
Around the Beading Table by Deborah Roberti
Deborah Roberti has an amazing selection of patterns on her site and is a very talented designer. Her instructions are very detailed and clear, enjoyed by both beginner and experienced beaders. She has an assortment of free patterns, particularly geared towards beginners, plus a large number of more detailed patterns that you can purchase. Deb has generously allowed us to teach her patterns here at our shop, so be sure to check our calendar to see when they are coming up.
Designs by Ella Des
Ella has an absolutely gorgeous selection of original designs for sale at very reasonable prices. Her directions are detailed with lots of photographs and we know you’ll love working with them! Ella has generously allowed us to teach her patterns here at our shop, so be sure to check our calendar to see when they are coming up.
Bead & Button Magazine
Although we all miss Bead & Button magazine with it’s selection of great new patterns, as of now they continue to keep a large catalog of their previous patterns available for digital purchase on their website.
Beading Daily and Beadwork Magazine
Created by Interweave, publisher of Beadwork magazine, you can sign up for free email tips and project patterns on this site. You’ll have to register with your email address to get the free patterns, but once you do you can download and print out many free patterns, including several different booklets that are filled with patterns focusing on different stitches and techniques.
**NOTE: this website has been down for maintenance for quite some time, so we’re not sure what’s going on**
Here you will find access to many patterns that feature the latest Czech beads and trends. Although some of the patterns on this site are available for anyone to download, most are only accessible though your local bead shop. If you are a customer here at Laura’s Beads and see something you like on this site, just let us know next time you stop in and we’d be happy to assist you with getting a copy of the pattern and your supplies.
Here is another source of patterns that focus on helping you create pieces using the latest shaped beads — the best part? They are all FREE to download!
This site has a huge amount of patterns, some free (click on the link that says “free” when you get to their home page to only access those) and many available for purchase. Even if you are selecting a free pattern you must put it in your shopping cart, as a $0 item and go through the checkout process. There’s a lot to browse through on this site, so give yourself some time when you visit!