Quick answers to common questions

Henrietta is playing with our “Beaded Berries Necklace“.

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Our beading patterns and service

Which patterns are best for beginners?

All of our beading patterns are written so that beaders of any skill level can easily complete the project. But, with that said, some projects are still easier than others. So, we’ve labeled all of our easiest beading patterns with the word “Easy” in the top left corner so you can easily spot them. View more information for beginners.

What if I get confused or run into trouble with a pattern?

Don’t hesitate to reach out – we’re always happy to help! And please, never feel like you’re bugging us or asking “stupid questions” – you’re not! You can email us at [email protected] and let us know how we can help. It’s often helpful to attach a picture of your project so we can see what’s going on. Most questions or concerns are often resolved with a quick message or two.

What if a pattern ends up being too difficult, or I don’t enjoy it?

While we do our best to make patterns as fun and easy as possible, we recognize that some techniques or projects aren’t for everybody. We always want you to feel comfortable trying new designs and techniques – just know you’re not stuck with a pattern you’re not enjoying. Please reach out and let us know. We’ll issue you a full refund – no questions asked.

Can I make the same color scheme as you did?

Yes, go for it! While our written and photographed beading patterns are copyright-protected, you are welcome to use the same colors we used in our color samples. Learn more about our copyright policyPlease note: While our newer patterns include detailed bead color information, including the type, manufacturer, and color of all beads and findings used in each color sample, our earliest patterns don’t all include detailed bead color information for each color sample we made. If you purchase an older pattern and want color information for a particular jewelry sample, contact us, and we’ll do our best to help.

Can I choose my own color scheme?

Of course! You’re always welcome to get creative with the color scheme to make it your own. And we love to see pictures of your finished work if you want to share! We love to show & tell (who doesn’t), so feel free to share a photo of your finished work on social media using #simplebeadpatterns.

How do I know how many beads I’ll need to buy?

Our beading patterns include a detailed Materials page that tells you everything you’ll need to do the project, including bead types, sizes, and quantities of all required beading materials and tools. So, you’ll have everything you’ll need once you purchase your pattern.

Where can I buy the same beads you use?

While we list all of the materials you’ll need on the pattern, we usually don’t tell you where to get them unless it is a very specific item that might be hard to find (which is very rare). You can find what you need at your local bead store or favorite online retailers. We shop at a few regularly, including ArtBeads.com, ShipwreckBeads.com, Beadaholique.com, and LimaBeads.com.

Do beading patterns show how to attach the end clasps?

Yes, always! Our patterns take you from start to finish so that when you’re done, all you have to do is put the jewelry on and admire your beautiful handiwork.

Can I request a pattern or make a suggestion?

We’re constantly working on fun new beading tutorials and always appreciate hearing what projects you want to make. If you can’t find instructions on our website for how to make a particular design or technique, feel free to submit a suggestion to us via e-mail at [email protected].

Please note: We respect other designer’s copyrights and will not copy anyone else’s original work. If we feel inspired by your suggestion and think it may appeal to our customers, we may create a similar, but significantly different, design of our own. We’ll let you know if/when we come up with something so you can look at it. You are never under any obligation to purchase the pattern we design.

Are your patterns available in any other languages?

All of our beading patterns are written in English. We have, however, translated many of our patterns into numerous additional languages based on customer requests.

As an aside, beaders worldwide who don’t speak English reach out and let us know that they often don’t even need to translate our instructions because the step-by-step photos are typically all they need to follow our patterns!

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept multiple forms of payment. In addition to PayPal, we now also accept Google Pay and, via Stripe, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

“Gem Garden” beading pattern

About our bead kits

What’s included in a beading kit?

Our beading kits include all the materials you’ll need to make the project, except for tools (such as flush cutters or chain nose pliers). We take great care in building each kit, ensuring everything is included, clearly labeled, and carefully packaged so you, or your intended recipient, will have a great beading experience. There’s nothing like opening up a Simple Bead Patterns Kit, exploring all of the pretty materials, and being able to dive in and get started on your project right away.

Why do I have to purchase the pattern separately?

Based upon customer requests, our Beading kits DO NOT include the needed tutorial — which may be purchased separately.

Why? We kept hearing from customers that they wanted to be able to buy a kit without the added cost of the pattern. This is because they had already purchased the pattern from us in the past, either by itself or with a previous kit order.

So now, you can choose one of the convenient options below for how, if desired, you wish to receive the instructions with your kit order.

  1. Kit + Emailed Pattern: Receive the pattern as a PDF file available to download from your account after placing your order and also via the order confirmation email.
  2. Kit + Printed Pattern: Have us print the pattern for you in full color and include the printed copy in your kit order.
  3. Kit + No Pattern: Select this option, and we will ship just the beading kit without the needed instructions. This is assuming that you have already purchased the pattern from us in the past and just need the supplies to make the project in the color scheme chosen.

Why are there beads left over?

Don’t worry if you have any beads left over after making your kit. To ensure you have enough, we do our best to supply you with a little extra (just in case).

What do I do if there aren’t enough supplies?

We try to let you know on each kit listing what the maximum length can be for any given project (typically listed under the “What’s Included” section on a kit listing). For necklaces, we typically include enough supplies to make a necklace up to 24″ long. For bracelets, we pack enough supplies to make a bracelet with up to 8.5″ inside diameter. If you’ve run out of beads before you’ve reached your desired length, we sincerely apologize. Please contact us, and we will get what you need out in the mail to you A.S.A.P. Please note: Rewards points are associated with your account and are only valid when used with the email address attached to your account. These points are non-transferable, not redeemable for cash or legal tender, and cannot be duplicated, altered, or auctioned on any website. Rewards are not earned from any purchases prior to the launch of our Bead Happy Rewards. We reserve the right to change the rewards program terms at any time.

Downloading & viewing patterns

How do I download and view my beading patterns?

First, you need to locate the download link for the pattern you wish to open and view.  See the previous question and answer for how to find the download link for your new pattern, or view our How to Download a Tutorial page for easy step-by-step directions.

Then, click on each download link (one at a time, if you purchased more than one) and select whether you would like to open and view the pattern using your default PDF viewer, or save the file first to a specific folder on your computer and then open it. The program most widely used to view PDF files, and the one we like best, is Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is free.

Can I print my beading pattern, and what’s the cheapest way?

Yes, you may print your beading pattern so you can reference a hard copy while you work on the project.  However, please keep in mind that our copyright policy must be respected – which means that you may not share, sell, or give away a printed copy of our pattern to anyone, under any circumstances.

If you plan on printing a long pattern, we suggest you check out the special page, Save money when printing your beading pattern, for helpful tips we put together that will help you save time, paper and precious ink!

I can’t find a pattern I purchased in the past – can you help?

Yes, definitely! You can always check the “Downloads” section in your account on our website.  Or, feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to resend any patterns you have purchased from us – no, you don’t need to buy it again!

“I’ve always wanted to try tassel earrings! Thank you for a clear, easy tutorial” – Amy