December 03, 2021

Star of David Brick Stitch Beading Pattern

 At a beading play date earlier this year, my friend mentioned that there is a serious lack of jewelry that represents Judaism - especially at holiday time. I pretty much promised myself that I would make some designs to make up for that.

Free Star of David Brick Stitch Beading Pattern at Lisa Yang's Jewelry

This is the first one, a Star of David pattern done in brick stitch.

November 26, 2021

Coiled Wire Wreath, Candy Cane and Icicle Ornaments DIY

 Are you ready to trim the tree? Or do you need some quick gifts for co-workers, teachers or friends?  I've got you covered with some simple and fun ornaments made using coiled wire. The shapes in this tutorial are a wreath, candy cane and icicle.

All three shapes are based on the same simple wire technique - a wire coil.

November 19, 2021

2021 Bead and Jewelry Maker's Holiday Gift Guide

 This week, I figured I would share some of my favorite recent bead and jewelry related purchases. Who knows, maybe these are perfect gifts for someone on your list, or perfect for you to add to your holiday wish list.

First up are some favorites to help bead organized. Finding materials is a huge challenge for me since I love to buy supplies and tools. I've recently stumbled upon these hanging jewelry organizers that are perfect for storing tubes of beads, spools of thread, findings and other supplies.

Bead organizer

November 12, 2021

Easy Macrame Christmas Tree Ornament Instructions

 These macramé Christmas tree ornaments are super easy to whip up, and even though I show you how to make ornaments here, they are make great pendants or earrings if you use smaller cord and beads.  I like to use these tree ornaments as gift toppers. The best part, if you make macramé plant hangers, it's the perfect way to use up those smaller scraps of cord that are left over.

Macrame Christmas Ornament Project Instructions from Lisa Yang Jewelry

You only need to know one knot - a macramé square knot.  Let's get started!

If you prefer to watch how to make one, click here for a Macramé Christmas Tree Video Tutorial on YouTube

November 05, 2021

Squid Game Invitation Card Peyote Bead Pattern

This project replicates the business card symbols from the Squid Game series on Netflix in beaded peyote strip that is suitable as a ring, bracelet or anything else you might like to make.

I tried it several different ways and have included the bead diagram and word diagram below - as well as some instructions and my variations.

August 17, 2021

Best Short Macramé Plant Hanger Instructions with Beads and Bling

 OK - I get it. Not everyone is into macramé plant hanger instructions right now.  But I am though - and my backyard is beginning to look awesome!!  More news is that I'm doing the front of the house next...

Best Short Macrame Plant Hanger with Beads Instructions

Today's project is for a similar design as my last macramé plant hanger project - but I added some beads and necklace charms to bling it out a little.  It is also shorter than the last one.

August 02, 2021

Square and Half Square Knot Macramé Plant Hanger Instructions

 Every once in a while, I like to take my jewelry making skills and super-size them to make other things around the home. Normally, I use macramé knots to make bracelets. But using the same square knots and half square knots and larger cord, it's super quick and easy to make macramé plant hangers and wall hangings.

Easy Macrame Plant Hanger Instructions

Here's my first plant hanger in quite a while and how to make it.

February 12, 2021

Easiest Way to Start Flat Brick Stitch

Flat brick stitch doesn't have to start on a base of ladder stitch? 

Easiest brick stitch start instructions by Lisa Yang Jewelry

Nope, it really doesn't. There is an easier way. 

And who knows, like me, you may have been using it for some of your projects, like brick stitch earrings, without even knowing it.

February 05, 2021

How to add Connector Rings to a Beaded Charm

 Today I'll show you how I finished the brick stitch beaded heart charm by adding rings to connect it to a cord and made it into a simple bracelet or necklace or whatever makes you happy!

Heart beaded jewelry instructions by Lisa Yang Jewelry

It's one thing to make a pretty beaded bauble, but learning how to finish them into jewelry is the next step.  Here's what I did and some lessons I've learned.

January 30, 2021

Brick Stitch Beaded Heart Charm [Beginner Beadwork Tutorial]

This free brick stitch beaded heart tutorial is perfect for learning a new beadwork stitch. 

Brick stitch, along with peyote stitch, is one of the most popular beadwork stitches. This heart pattern is great for beginners because, in addition to practicing the basic brick stitch, you learn fundamental techniques like increasing and decreasing brick stitch on the beginning and ends of rows.

brick stitch heart charm

Brick stitch was one of the first bead stitches that I learned and it is still a favorite of mine.  

Using this tutorial, you'll learn how to make these beaded brick stitch heart charms plus follow the  heart beadwork pattern I used to make them.