I started seeing twin and super-duo designs sometime last year - it took me a while to realize that these new seed beads are 2-holed! Once I realized this, I was enthralled - how could these beads NOT open up the world of beadweaving to new patterns?! I had to get in on it....
Ordering the beads was the easy part - creating a design that works well with these beads is another matter entirely! I used some on a strung necklace and just let the long beads dangle, using only 1 of the holes.
Siren's Call Series - Black Shell Pendant
Then I spent a week making and remaking a pair of beadwoven loops. I thought the design was pretty good at first, but now I think it's missing something....they look better on a table then in my ears!
Twin Bead Hoops with carnelian drops
Finally I made a pair of earrings that I really do like - these are my "Art Nouveau" pair. I haven't picked up the duos again since making these....but I do have some ideas to try out when I get the time!
Art Nouveau Earrings with twin beads and agate teardrops
I like playing around with the new beads but sometimes it's nice to just grab some beads and make a piece without so much thinking and restringing and reweaving and redesigning, too! If you want to grab some twin or duo beads and get into creating a beautiful piece the first time, try some of these tutorials! Maybe I'll post one after I have more experience with the new beads....
Free Super-Duo and Twin Bead Tutorials:
Preciosa Twin Inspiration - follow the photos for tutorials (not all photos have tutorials)
Bead Magic - Twin Bead Patterns
Around the Beading Table - Free Patterns (several are with twin/superduos)
Clarissa Bracelet - connected mandalas/beaded medallions
Bucles Muchas II - earrings
Pinterest - Twin Patterns (not all patterns are free)
Pinterest - Super Duo and Superduo (not all patterns are free)
Pinterest - Twin and Super Duo (not all patterns are free)
And if you would like to mix these with other 2-hole beads, check out tilas/czech mates (2-hole square beads), 2-hole dagger beads, 2-hole coin beads, and the NEW RULLA BEADS! I just found the rullas while writing this - they are 2-hole cylinder beads! So many choices.....