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Flight of the Butterfly

Star- Turquoise/Purple

Czech Glass Buttons

$6.35 USD

Teal- Fine C-Lon

C-Lon: Fine

$3.25 USD

Purple- Fine C-Lon

C-Lon: Fine

$3.25 USD

Irish Waxed Linen- Plum

Irish Waxed Linen

$5.95 USD

Distressed Violet- 1.0mm Indian Leather by the Yard

Leather- 1.0

$1.00 USD

$1.65 USD

8-4248 Duracoat S/L Dyed Dark Lilac

Miyuki Seed Beads- 8/0

$5.75 USD

11-4248 Duracoat S/L Dyed Dark Lilac

Miyuki Seed Beads- 11/0

$3.95 USD

SB3-462 Cube Metallic Gold Iris

Miyuki Cubes

$5.25 USD

BGL2-2005 Matte Metallic Dark Raspberry Iris

Miyuki Bugles

$4.75 USD

Rollers- Lavender Copper

Czech Rollers

$10.75 USD

Rollers- Purple Silver-Lined

Czech Rollers

$7.35 USD

Beadsmith Zap Jewelry Gel


$4.75 USD

Thread Snips


$3.35 USD

Perfect End Thread Burner


$26.95 USD

Project Map

Project and Sample by Janice Parsons

Note: We no longer carry 8mm gemstone coins, and have replaced them with rounds for this sample's ingredients.

Dreaming about butterflies is somehow the perfect visual for a project like Odyssey; both are delicate and flitter lightly on a path known only by the butterfly and the designer. Janice was inspired by the mix of two very intense colors, purple and teal, which are not commonly seen together in nature.

Flight of the Butterfly is 24 inches in length, with an additional 3+ inches of tassel. If you would like to wear it both as a necklace and a 3-wrap bracelet, measure your wrist loosely and multiply it times three. Take that number and then add an extra inch or so to the total length. Remember, your button loop length must be factored into the total length of your project.

Janice began her button loop with macramé over just the leather. Additional threads were added below the button loop to make it an 8-strand design. Using a mix of stringing materials and beads gives your design texture and interest. Janice tied surgeon’s knots in the leather, but used no beads. She did traditional Odyssey-style knotting on several strands, on others, she beaded bugles much like in the Take My Hand Poetry Sample.

The leather is brought through the button shank and then macramé knots tied. The tassel was created by the threads that were used in the body. A surgeon’s knot was used at the end of each tassel. Please note, if you want a tassel ass full as Janice's, you will need to purchase two strands of the Blue Crazy Lace Agate Rounds.

For easy shopping, click to enter the desired quantities products above, or, see our Recipe Page for the basic ingredients.

See our original Odyssey Handout and past LIVE shows (Beadshop LIVE 12.29.16 and FTF 7.7.17) and  for even more information. Please join us as our worldwide community gathers on Facebook and YouTube at 10:30am Pacific Time on September 11th, 2019. It’s so much fun to go live with us and bead together! After the live broadcast the video will be available above.