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Garden Path

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Project Info:

Level: Intermediate

Estimated time: Weekend Project

Project and Sample by Janice Parsons

In the newest Color Study by Janice, she not only explores color but pushes her boundaries on patterning, transitioning and pre-planning. “This time I just started laddering and allowed the beads to speak to me.” Garden Path is the result of beading just for the joy of it. Rather than sticking with tried and true formulas, there are unexpected “mistakes," which added character and depth. Janice will be the first to tell you it was hard to stop with eight wraps..."I just wanted to keep going! And I discovered the design became much more interesting when I let go." And just like a winding garden path, each curve can bring undiscovered joy.

Click the VIDEO tab above to watch Kate and Janice on Facebook LIVE July 12, when they demonstrate step-by-step the design and construction from start to finish.
Please Note: We have replaced the 24K plated metal 11/0s that Janice originally used with a glass Miyuki 11/0 seed bead in a beautiful golden champagne.

Links to Learning: *Please note that this is an older handout and is not to be followed exactly, but reviewing the techniques in it may be helpful.

Garden Path

Dragonfly- Pale Pink

Czech Glass Buttons

$5.85 USD

Seafoam- 1.0mm Indian Leather by the Yard

Leather- 1.0

$1.65 USD

Apricot- KO Thread

KO Thread

$4.95 USD

Turquoise- Micro C-Lon

C-Lon: Micro

$3.15 USD

11-2022 Matte Opaque Antique Beige

Miyuki Seed Beads- 11/0

$3.75 USD

11-4204 Duracoat Galvanized Champagne

Miyuki Seed Beads- 11/0

$4.25 USD

11-4202 Duracoat Galvanized Gold

Miyuki Seed Beads- 11/0

$4.25 USD

BGL2-2008 Matte Metallic Patina Iris AB

Miyuki Bugles

$5.35 USD

CzechMates Tiles- Sueded Gold Hyacinth

Czech Mates Tiles

$4.50 USD

CzechMates Tiles- Milky Antique Shimmer

Czech Mates Tiles

$4.75 USD

TLH2008 Matte Metallic Patina Iris

Miyuki Half Tila

$6.65 USD

3mm- Dual Lustered Blue Green

3mm Czech Glass

$2.50 USD

Little Shadows- Copper Plate

Metal Beads

$12.95 USD

Big Shadows- Copper Plate

Metal Beads

$14.95 USD

Wheat- Satin Gold Chain by the Foot


$5.25 USD

English Beading Needles, Size 10- 4 Pack


$3.25 USD

Beadsmith Big Eye Needles- 6 Pack


$4.25 USD

Project Tray Inserts

Design Boards & Storage

$10.25 USD

GS Hypo Cement


$6.75 USD

Old Fashioned Beeswax


$4.25 USD

Eurotool Ultra Flush Cutter


$36.95 USD

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“What started out as a four wrap quickly morphed into eight because the materials just kept demanding my attention…they just told me to keep going! I can’t explain it any other way. I really felt like I was walking down a garden path.”

With a 6-1/2 inch wrist, the total length of the sample is 55-1/2 inches including the button loop and measuring from the middle of the button. Remember to try it on as you bead. Since the wraps live on top of each other, it’s important to allow at least an extra inch or two for length; it’s not like doing a single or even a 4 wrap. You need length so the wraps can overlap.

Please Note: Many of the CzechMates Tiles used in this sample are no longer available. We've tried to come up with like-color replacements, but you can also choose your own...view all our Tiles here!

And be sure to leave extra “air” when laddering the chain section. If you don’t, the chain will kink on you. “I made the common mistake of not leaving enough space before and after I laddered the chain. Since laddering is done on a straight line, it seemed fine BUT then the chain and leather curve to wrap and that’s where I could have left more space.”  ~janice