It's summer finally, and I was trying to think of something fun and summery. Nothing says summer like flipflops!
This pattern is ideal for small amounts of beads. I used colors left over from other projects, and graphed accordingly.
For my example, I used Delica beads, silamide thread, and size 12 needles. I do recommend beads with fairly big holes because there are multiple thread passes to create the strap.
I used peyote, but if you are more comfortable in brick, it's also a perfectly suitable stitch, turn the graphs 90 degrees to use them as a brick stitch graph, one disadvantage to peyote is that it's more fluid and flexible, the advantage for me is speed. When I peyote stitch something like this, I start at the widest point because it's easier to decrease then to increase. Leave an end on the top of the flipflop long enough to create the strap, I usually figure generously, at least 6 inches though. If you are bricking it, start from the high point on the toe and leave a long tail. If you are using peyote, leave a tail when you weave the top part.
Weave the thread to the bead marked A, on the pattern it's just marked with a small dot. Add 14 beads, then go down to the bead marked B, and go through that one, and back up the 14 beads to A, go through A, then up 2 beads on the 14 bead chain, add 11 beads, and go through C, back up through the beads to bead A and weave in and clip off the thread.
For my earrings, I used boullion wire to create the loop.
Shown for scale.
Making them with size 11 seed beads I think they would make cute phone charms, or you could link several together into a bracelet.
As usual, I'd love to see what you make! I hope your summer is merry and fun.
Ronit sent me some pictures of some pretty things she did with this pattern.
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about the mistakes I made designing these earrings, she modified the patterns there to make the earrings and used them on the bracelet as well. I love how they turned out so much! Thank you again for sharing.