Beaded Apple Pattern by Laura

Welcome to the beaded apple pattern instructions! This pattern was generously created and donated to all of us by our fellow beader Laura. If you have any difficulty following this tutorial, please post a comment at the bottom of the page.

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Beaded Apple Pattern

Before you begin ...
Materials:
- 100cm of nylon thread/fishing line,
- 64 red seed beads (R)
- 18 green seed beads (G)
- 5 brown seed beads (B)
(I used size 8/0 seed beads but you can use any size you want).
Time required: About 1.5 hours
Techniques: Beadweaving, right angle weave
Difficulty: Moderate


Step 1

Step 1:We will be starting at the blue dot on Bead 1. This bead should be at the centre of your nylon thread - one end of the thread is your blue thread and the other end is your green thread. I will refer to the red beads as follows: first bead R1, second bead R2, third bead R3, etc. And the same for the green beads: G1, G2, etc and brown beads B1, B2, etc. (Green/brown beads are found in later steps/diagrams). Remember to pull tight regularly.
- Thread R1-R4 and criss-cross through R4
- Thread R5-R7 and criss-cross through R7
- Thread R8-R9 and criss-cross through R9, then pass the blue thread (the one you used to thread R8-R9) back through R1
- Thread R10-R11 and criss-cross through R11
- Thread R12-R13 and criss-cross through R13, then pass the blue thread (the one you used to thread R12-R13) back through R2
- Repeat this pattern until you criss-cross through R19, pass the green thread back through R5, add R20 and criss-cross again.
- Thread R21-R24 and criss-cross through R24
- Thread R25-R27 and criss-cross through R27
- Thread R28-R30 and criss-cross through R30
- Repeat this pattern until you criss-cross through R42, pass the green thread back through R18 and R21, add R43-R44 to the blue thread and criss-cross through R44


Step 2

Step 2:Beads R22-R44 from the previous step are used in this step (other beads from the previous step are shown but faded out). Also note that we are now working inwards towards the middle - where the apple comes together at the top. Both threads should be coming out of R44 - the blue dot on the diagram. Remember to pull tight regularly.
- Pass the blue thread through R22
- Thread R45-R47 and criss-cross through R47, then pass the green thread (the one you used to thread R45-R47) back through R23 and R25
- Thread R48-R49 and criss-cross through R49, then pass the blue thread (the one you used to thread R48-R49) back through R26 and R28
- Thread R50-R51 and criss-cross through R51, then pass the green thread (the one you used to thread R50-R51) back through R29 and R31
- Repeat this pattern until you criss-cross through R59, pass the green thread back through R41, R43, and R45, add R60 and criss-cross again.
- Pass the blue thread through R46
- Thread R61-R62 and criss-cross through R62, then pass the green thread (the one you used to thread R61-R62) back through R48 and R50
- Thread R63 and criss-cross through it, then pass the blue thread (the one you used to thread R63) back through R52 and R54
- Thread R64 and criss-cross through it, then pass the green thread (the one you used to thread R64) back through R56, R58 and R61
- Pull the threads extra tight and then tie your threads together in a double-knot


Step 3

Step 3:The apple itself is now finished - we just need to add the leaf (green beads) and stem (brown beads). You should now be looking down at the top of your apple where your threads come out. You should be able to see 4 red beads in a circle (R61-R64). These beads are used in the next few steps as well as our green beads (G1, G2, G3, etc). We are going to start at the green dot which is where your threads should already be. Remember to pull tight regularly.
- Pass the blue thread through R61 and the green thread through R64
- Thread G1-G2 using the blue thread and thread G3-G4 using the green thread, then criss-cross through G4
- Thread G5-G8 and criss-cross through G8, then pass the blue thread (the one you used to thread G5-G8) back through G2
- Thread G9-G11 and criss-cross through G11, then pass the blue thread (the one you used to thread G9-G11) back through G7
- Thread G12-G14 and criss-cross through G14


Step 4

Step 4:We are now going to fill in the edges of the leaf starting at G14 where the blue dot is in the diagram. Remember to pull tight regularly.
- Thread G15 using the green thread, then pass it through G6 and G5
- Thread G16 using the green thread, then pass it through G3 and R64
- Pass the blue thread through G13 and G12
- Thread G17 using the blue thread, then pass it through G10 and G9
- Thread G18 using the blue thread, then pass it through G1 and R61
- Pull the threads extra tight (the leaf should curl and take shape) and tie your threads together in a double-knot


Step 5

Step 5:We will now create the stem using the brown beads (B1, B2, etc) and red beads R62-R63 (from step 2). We will start at the green dot on the diagram which again, is where your threads should already be. Remember to pull tight regularly.
- Holding both threads together, thread B1-B4, then pass both threads back through B3 and B2
- Holding both threads together, thread B5, then pass the blue thread back through R48 and R62 and pass the green thread back through R50 and R63 (don't worry that you can't see the green thread properly between R50 and R63 on the diagram - it threads through exactly the same as the blue thread but on the other side)
- Pull the threads extra tight and then tie your threads together in a double-knot


Your beaded apple is now finished!

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  Beader Comments:
 Dawn hyarington on July 31, 2016:
Looking to do all the m&m characters
 OCD on May 30, 2016:
Very nice to have 3D pattern using seed beads not 3mm Swarovski beads or hard to find charms. I make animals and dessert from Japanese it is really hard to find specific beads, I have to sub or make with fimo. Miyuki bead kits are hard to find in UK so have order them from Amazon.
Could you do one other fruits like strawberries and pears too.
 Kelly on December 28, 2012:
I tried again still don't get it!
 Kelly on December 28, 2012:
This is really pretty. I suck at doing it!
This is confusing?
 Noelani on October 17, 2012:
Looking for a pattern to make a beaded Pineapple out of Swaorski Crystals.
 YellowMellow on February 27, 2012:
Tbh, this design is a bit complacted, maybe would be easier with a video? Thanks x
 Awesome guy on January 21, 2012:
It's hard way too hard I don't get it and I don't get how you get the basics
 Jacqueline on August 3, 2011:
i don't get it!! l?_?l
 FujiBerry on January 7, 2011:
Ooo! This apple caught my attention right away on the last page. I'mma make a pink one
 TM on October 9, 2010:
aww love the pattern, it's cute when I finished it, made the apple white and blue, also my first time bead making. :)
 Katie on August 5, 2010:
I tried to make the apple, and it turned out AMAZING! Thank you for the instructions, and how things were easily shown.
 NNB on June 19, 2010:
My string was too short. :(
I need to start all over again.
 KozlovStepan23 on June 17, 2010:
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 izza on March 15, 2010:
boleh donk contek caranya.......
 kustomwurx on February 7, 2010:
I will most definitely share this site all over and where I can, including on my www. site. Thank you for sharing the cross pattern I could not find it anywhere. I plan to create my own color patterns and customize for others so that I can pay for my law school loans. THank you thank you so much!!!!!!!
 Tracy on January 3, 2010:
How are you supposed to remember which bead was the first one you put on?
 Renee on December 8, 2009:
What do you mean by criss crossing? At the beginning, do you take end of blue throughr4? or do you take g4 and loop back through?
 cheezstik on August 26, 2009:
hi..e and my cousins both decided to make this..and i understand almost every part..the only problem is that the leaf turned out twice as big as the apple itself O_o...i was wondering...are we suppose to use smaller beads for it?
 Benny on August 22, 2009:
Hi, I'm Benedetta, I'm a 20-year-old from Italy... I just tried out the beaded apple and it came out beautifully! I'm going to use it as a charm for my mobile phone... thank you very much for this pattern! :D
 Amanda on August 6, 2009:
I loved making the apple. At first i got a little confused but i eventually got the idea.
 Adelynn on July 28, 2009:
I think this pattern is awesome, but when I tried it.... it came out sort of shaped like an apple........ mine didn't close on the top, which made it look strange. the instructions were a little confusing at some areas, but mostly quite easy to understand.
 penelope on July 27, 2009:
this design is awesome! i just made one and already it's making me feel hungry ^.^
does anyone know how to make this into a charm though? it would be great to make a beaded fruit bracelet :D
 em on July 5, 2009:
my cousin and i noth made this, and we came out with a shape that wasnt quite apple-like....it looked sort of like a UFO. is this just me or is it my beads or what?
and also, in beadwork, can u ever pull 'too tight' on the strings?
 Laura on April 24, 2009:
Hi Ash, welcome to 3dbeading. This was the first pattern I made for the site and looking back I should've done more steps, especially at the beginning. I will definitely try and improve the pattern sometime in the near future.
 Ash on April 17, 2009:
WOW! this looks hard i need simpler instructions
 Laura on February 18, 2009:
CMD, is it the technique or the actual diagrams that you are struggling with? If it's the technique, you could have a look at the Techniques page which should help. If it's the diagrams, sorry about that! This was my first pattern and looking back maybe I should've separated the first 2 diagrams out a bit more, but I agree with Allegra, it's probably not the best one to start off with. If there's anything specific you need help with just post a comment and we'll try to help.
 Allegra on February 18, 2009:
Well, CMD, the apple pattern is not the simplest one to start with, that's for sure. For a true beginner, it might be easier for you to start out with a picture pattern rather than a diagram pattern. A popular first choice is the hello kitty pattern on the animals page (that's a direct link for you to access it). I haven't heard too many complaints about following that pattern. Let us know how it goes.
 CMD on February 17, 2009:
I've done a great deal of complex & two-string beading over the years, but this is my first shot at 3D and I am just not understanding it! Can you recommend the simplest pattern so I can get try to understand the concept? Perhaps I have having difficulty following the 2D diagrams -- does anyone know if there any videos of 3D beading instruction on the web? Thanks!
 elisabeth navarro on January 31, 2009:
Esta ma tambem esta linda, obrigada.
Abrao.
Beth ( Brasil)
 Laura on January 15, 2009:
Allegra - Not exactly, but I do have my contacts... ;-)
b.v. - Allegra doesn't have a monkey pattern at present. I have a pattern from a japanese pattern book for a monkey although I've not tried it out yet. I think a few other people have asked about monkeys so I'll put on my list of things to do unless Allegra beats me to it! Lol. Welcome to the site, by the way.
 Allegra on January 14, 2009:
Laura, do you speak Portuguese and Spanish?
Maria Teresa, I didn't make this pattern, Laura did!
 b.v. on January 14, 2009:
have you tried to make a monkey !!!!!!!!!!
 Laura on January 14, 2009:
Kim - Have you tried following Allegra's printing instructions on the homepage?
 Laura on January 14, 2009:
Beth - You're welcome! And thank you for the kind comments.
Beth - De nada! E muito obrigado pelos gentis comentrios.
 Kim on January 14, 2009:
Why can't I ever print the pictures? They always comes out blank?
 Maria Teresa on January 14, 2009:
Very beautifful, Allegra! Thank you!
 elisabeth navarro on January 14, 2009:
Que esquema perfeito!
No sei fazer no computador, alias nem sei fazer esquemas, estou aprendendo a fazer com miangas seguindo o esquema.
Muito obrigada
Abrao.
Beth (Brazil)
Translation by Laura - 'What a perfect pattern!
I don't know how to do it on the computer, in fact I can't even do diagrams, I'm learning how to make it by following what's on the diagram.
Many thanks
Hugs.'