The light was fading by the end of the afternoon of this workshop so this picture doesn't do Myrna's designs justice. She wanted to make bookmarks for her daughter Melissa and her three friends who are away doing missionary work. Myrna brought in a prototype design someone had helped her do but unfortunately it looked unfinished. So we put our thinking caps on and came up with another design featuring a beaded loop focal on one end and a cross on the other. Tiny seed beads in complimentary colours covered the rest of the beading wire.
As you can see Myrna used different beads including a blue and white porcelain bead and tortoiseshell dagger beads to create one of a kind bookmarks for 4 amazing young people.
Beaded Bookmark Tutorials
There are many ways to make a beaded bookmark. They make terrific gifts - teacher gifts, stocking stuffers, party favours and so on. Bookmarks are a wonderful way of using up your mismatched beads too. Here is a great video tutorial on how to make one. This eHOW instructor uses figure 8 knotting to secure the beads at each end of the bookmark.
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1. Simple cord bookmark with beads knotted at either end is an easy design idea by Denise Witmer. Or use a narrow ribbon instead as shown in this tutorial.
2. Tammy Powley's Bead and Wire Bookmark tutorial features a purchased metal shepherd's hook bookmark finding with a hole where the beader can then hang long pretty beaded charms on it. If you're good with wire work, you can easily come up with a hook of your own. Crystalaffair.com shows you how to make a bead cluster to add as a charm to these hooks. Cindy Lietz's tutorial has multiple dangles using polymer beads. You get the idea.
3. The Bookworm Bauble (left) is another bead and wire bookmark originally from a book called Easy Beading (Better Homes & Gardens). The full tutorial was reprinted here.
4. Craftbits has the cutest butterfly bookmark tutorial made from wire and bits.
5. Agnes Farside's themed bookmarks involves seedbeads and the right charm for the recipient.
6. Familyfun.com's braided tutorial is a nice variation with three beaded sections on each end. This is a good idea if you want to practice some macrame work with hemp.
7. Try this really easy bead and ribbon bookmark tutorial too from Favecrafts.
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