These patterns are all original designs by The Spellbound Bead Co. Each pattern includes a full recipe, a photograph of the finished design and fully illustrated step-by-step instructions.
How to Use This Site
Simply add products to your basket, pay, and you will be able to download the instructions in pdf format straight away.
Please note - we are unable to issue refunds or accept returns of bead patterns once they have been purchased as a digital download
These are some of the most widely used materials in our designs. Check the description next to each product for specific information.
Seed beads - we use Preciosa and Miyuki seed beads in many of our designs, they have a nice rounded shape that works well in lacy and textured designs. Size 10, size 8 and size 15 seed beads are most commonly used. For most designs a size 11 can be used instead of a size 10 if preferred.
Delica Beads - Miyuki Delica beads, size 11, the standard size that is available in over 1,200 shades.
Bugle Beads - size 3 (7-8mm long), and sometimes size 2 (4-5mm long).
Fire polished faceted glass beads - most commonly used sizes are 4mm, 6mm, 8mm and 12mm. For many of the designs you can use cut crystal beads instead of the smaller sizes of facets.
Crystal Beads - cut crystal bicones, most often in 4mm diameter.
Pressed Glass Beads - Czech made leaves, flowers, drops and daggers
- in soft or half hard temper. For more information on wire, including converting UK mm diameters to US gauge click here
Needles - size 10 and/or size 12 beading needles are used in these patterns
Thread - Nymo D or similar (Miyuki Thread, KO, Superlon)
Tools - most designs are simply needle and thread and you will need some scissors to trim your thread ends. Some designs are wire based or have a wire element in them and you may need wire cutters, round nose pliers or flat faced pliers. If tools other than scissors are required this will be stated in the product description.
Nail Varnish - handy to have in any beaders stash, a dab of clear nail varnish can seal knots and in some designs help to stiffen elements where needed.
How Easy Are They?
All Spellbound designs are explained in detail from the first stitch to the last but it’s true that some have a few more stitches (or twists) than others.
We have graded the designs to indicate how much there is to twist, stitch, weave and learn. It’s only a guide, as every design is different, but we hope it helps you to decide.
If you like crafting but don’t sew regularly you should find grades 1-5 fun to do
If you like to stitch or crochet or you can follow a knitting pattern or a pattern grid have a look at all things up to grade 8
If you like a challenge grades 9 and 10 might be what you prefer
1 - Very Easy - suitable for supervised children and craft-novice adults
2 - Easy - make it quickly - for all crafters
3 - Easy Plus - make it quickly and learn a simple additional technique
4 - Start Improving - straightforward projects with a repeat pattern
5 - Build Your Skills - for confident crafters with no sewing experience
6 - Beader Beginner - layering simple stages
7- Beader Intermediate - starting 3d or longer projects with more processes
8 - Beader Intermediate Plus - for confident stitchers
9 - Beader Advanced - longer more complex projects
10 Beader Expert - this might take a bit more time