Friday, March 18, 2011

Designing Bead Crochet Patterns

If you read this blog very much, I'm sure you've noticed that I like to do bead crochet. I also like to design my own patterns, a task which till now I did using Microsoft Powerpoint and lots of copying and pasting. Talk about tedium!

While Powerpoint works for me, I wanted some other method for creating patterns for bead crochet ropes. It's just too much of a pain to develop a design when it means hundreds of clicks to place bead-like shapes over and over again in a software not designed to do that (although I've used Powerpoint for all sorts of projects over the years - it's very versatile!).

A friend of mine awhile back sent me a link to a site called Brunold Software. Damian Brunold is the mind behind the site and the mind behind the software (called DB-BEAD), which provides a pretty nifty way to create bead crochet patterns! It doesn't really come with any instructions, but I found it to be pretty intuitive.


You can see here the tools used to create a design. The design is actually "drawn" by filling in the squares in the second graph (the one with the uneven edges). On the right, you can see the finished rope as you add to the design. There are little arrows in the tool bar at the top that let you spin the rope to see how the design will look.

The only thing I did wrong when I was playing with my first design was to start at the top and design downward. I should have known better, as bead crochet stringing is actually done from the BOTTOM of a chart. I shifted everything around and played for awhile longer, and now I'm busy crocheting the rope I designed.


You'd think that my first attempt at using this software would have made me create a simple design, just to test it out. I got a little carried away, though, and wound up creating this design of graduated diamond shapes that has a 600-bead repeating pattern. Eegads. I only strung three of the repeats, but now that I know the pattern is turning out the way I wanted it to, I'll be busy stringing some more later tonight.

I've been asked quite a lot of late if I'll ever publish any of my bead crochet patterns, and I think I might now that I have a better way of creating them. Thanks to Damian Brunold for his DB-BEAD software! :-)

14 comments:

alice's bead madness said...

I love your bead crochet jewelry! I'm trying learn it, just can't get over beginning...

:-) MaryLou said...

Thank you, Alice! The beginning is definitely the trickiest part, but you just have to keep practicing. I haven't ever done it, but I know that some people use a straw or paper tube of some sort to hold the beads in place when they're starting the rope. That might help. :-)

CrochetHooked said...

Very nice MaryLou! Well done :o)

Anne said...

Hi MaryLou - good to know DB Bead DOES work because I've downloaded it on two machines - Windows 7 and Windows XP, and I can get the pencil to work but nothing else! I wish I knew what I was doing wrong. It's soooo frustrating! Any ideas gratefully received!

Rosie said...

OMG Marylou I love this pattern can you share (Stringing the Beads) are can you tell me where I can buy the pattern ? love it!! thank you

Rosie

Anonymous said...

I also have been very frustrated because I cannot get anything other than the pencil to work on DB Bead. Also I spent a long time clicking on each block to make a design, saved it to my desktop, and when I tried to open it later, it was not there - only a blank template. I would really appreciate any thoughts on what the problem might be. Thanks in advance.

Michelle Martano said...

I also love beading

Patricia Rodrigues said...

hello, I already know how to do the bead crochet but do not know how the graphics could remem me explain? the left seems to cross stitch what each table that has the graph, the draft, corrected, simulation and report?, Please, I would love to make one that does not know how to follow and which graph below.
Greetings, Patrícia Rodrigues.

Patricia Rodrigues said...

hello, I already know how to do the bead crochet but do not know how the graphics could remem me explain? the left seems to cross stitch what each table that has the graph, the draft, corrected, simulation and report?, Please, I would love to make one that does not know how to follow and which graph below.
Greetings, Patrícia Rodrigues.

Patricia Rodrigues said...

hello, I already know how to do the bead crochet but do not know how the graphics could remem me explain? the left seems to cross stitch what each table that has the graph, the draft, corrected, simulation and report?, Please, I would love to make one that does not know how to follow and which graph below.
Greetings, Patrícia Rodrigues.

:-) MaryLou said...

This is one of my patterns that I haven't published yet. It's on the list...

DB Bead is a kind of slow, tedious way to make a bead crochet pattern (it does work, but it takes awhile to do the patterns one bead at a time). I've since switched to a different software which costs $40, but it works great. Let me know if you'd like a source for it.

:-) MaryLou said...

Patricia - I'm sorry, but I don't really understand what you're asking...

Cindy said...

Could you please tell me the name of the bead crochet software that costs $40 ?

Thank you,
Cindy

:-) MaryLou said...

Cindy - The bead crochet software I purchased is called BCPD. It's available here:
http://www.bead-bordello.com/product/bcpd.html

As with any software, it takes some getting used to, but it's nice to be able to design on a computer!