Beading Tutorials & Patterns by Simple Bead Patterns

Gig Harbor, Washington · 7894 Sales


Beading Tutorials & Patterns by Simple Bead Patterns

Gig Harbor, Washington 7894 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   We are a mother and daughter team who love to help beaders of all skill levels successfully create beautiful jewelry that they can wear, share and even sell. Our beading tutorials feature clear, step-by-step instructions with full color close-up photos of each and every step. No prior knowledge is ever required, and nothing is left to the imagination! Our project’s feature common beading techniques, variations of techniques and countless unique and original designs. We hope you’ll be inspired and find some fun projects to work on. Make yourself at home and let us know if you have any questions. ~ Cara & Lane



We are a mother and daughter team who love to help beaders of all skill levels successfully create beautiful jewelry that they can wear, share and even sell. Our beading tutorials feature clear, step-by-step instructions with full color close-up photos of each and every step. No prior knowledge is ever required, and nothing is left to the imagination! Our project’s feature common beading techniques, variations of techniques and countless unique and original designs. We hope you’ll be inspired and find some fun projects to work on. Make yourself at home and let us know if you have any questions. ~ Cara & Lane


Cara and Lane Landry

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Our Story

Lane and Cara are a mother and daughter team of entrepreneurial artists and jewelry designers who live in beautiful Gig Harbor, Washington. Lane (mom) has been a professional watercolor and pastel artist her whole life (see her watercolor painting of Gig Harbor at left), served as an art commissioner for our small town and has run a successful small technology business with her husband for over 25 years. As a teenager, Cara (daughter) worked for the family business and, on the weekends, helped mom with her art booth at local festivals and farmers’ markets. But for years, they dreamed of creating an artistic small business that they could run and grow together.

When Lane had a major surgery that required a long recovery, Cara suggested that they take a jewelry making class together at their local bead store. Cara immediately fell in love with the beautiful beads and creative process and was soon hired by the store. It didn’t take long for Cara to discover her passion and knack for teaching and designing jewelry. When the economy, the family’s technology business, and Lane’s husband’s health all took a serious downturn, Cara and Lane teamed up and started their first business together, Bloomin’ Artist. On the weekdays, the local bead shop was kind enough to let them teach after school beading and art classes in the store’s classroom, and on the weekends they were hired to throw artistic beading parties for eager beaders of all ages!

Much to everyone’s disappointment, the local bead store was not able to make it through the difficult recession and was eventually forced to close its doors. While Lane faced the imminent threat of loosing her own business (as well as their family home), she was forced to take a second job while Cara took over running the office. While she pitched in and took over, she never gave up on her passion of beading or of having a small business of her own and often contemplated how in the world she could continue to teach jewelry making without a local bead store.

One day, while dog-sitting for a friend and thumbing through old issues of beading magazines, Cara had the light bulb moment and realized exactly what she wanted to do. She was going to continue to teach jewelry making, but from an online storefront! And, she as going to do it in a way that “left no beader behind,” ensuring success regardless of skill level! That’s how Simple Bead Patterns was started! In the beginning, Cara often worried that her detailed tutorials, that featured step-by-step instructions and tons of full color close-up photos, were too long or basic. But, appreciative feedback and testimonials from happy customers kept her on track. And when Cara and Lane realized that her fledgling business could be the opportunity they had always dreamed of, they decided to team up once again.


We’re glad to say that the business is doing well and we continue to grow (which has allowed our family to hang onto our home) – thanks to you! We have created hundreds of beading tutorials and have more constantly in the works. We have also expanded into offering other fun and helpful products, including beading kits and video tutorials. We’re always working on learning new techniques and methods to share with you, as well as coming up with our own unique and creative designs. We’re having fun and loving what we do, and enjoy sharing our passion with you!

Thank you for your interest in our story, and for being a valued customer.

As always, bead happy!

~ Cara & Lane


Shop members

  • Cara Landry


  • Lane Landry


Shop policies

Last updated on April 3, 2016
Welcome to Simple Bead Patterns! We offer downloadable PDF beading tutorials and finished handmade jewelry. Beading kits are available from our new Etsy shop - Our beading patterns are simple and easy to follow with high resolution close up photos for each step. You are always welcome to contact us if you have questions. We will do our best to help!

About Our Beading Tutorials:

Great instructions make all the difference!

Whether you’re looking to try your hand at beading for the very first time, master a particularly challenging technique that’s given you fits, or reproduce one of our unique designs, our tutorials will hold your hand through the whole process, explain and show each and every step, and ensure that you end up with a finished piece that you can be proud of! We believe that anyone who wants to make jewelry can… and enjoy the process, regardless of whether they consider themselves to be an artist or not. As Lane’s mother always told her, “If you can read, you can do anything.” We couldn’t agree more, but have one important point to add – great instructions with lots of pictures can make all the difference!

Our beading tutorials feature…

- Clearly written instructions that even beginners, with no prior beading experience, can follow and use to successfully complete even the most complicated projects.
- High resolution, full color close-up photos of each and every step, so you can see exactly what’s happening.
- A materials page that lists all the recommended materials and tools needed for the project.
- All of our newer patterns include the quantities needed to make full-sized projects (i.e. bracelets up to 8½” long, and necklaces up to 24″ long).

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
How to Download:

We utilize a service called CraftHub, which will automatically email you a link to download your new beading tutorial within 5-10 minutes after placing your order (instead of waiting for us to email it to you).

After you place your order, you will receive an email receipt from Etsy. Shortly after that, you will receive an automated email from Simple Bead Patterns letting you know that your downloads are ready through CraftHub. In order to download your new patterns from CraftHub, you will be asked to enter the email address associated with your Etsy account as well as your order number, which you can find in blue on your Etsy receipt that's emailed to you right after you place your order.

Buy 3 & Get 1 Free Sale:

Here’s how it works…

Occasionally, we offer a buy 3 & get 1 free sale. To take advantage of this great sale when it is offered, just choose which 3 tutorials you would like to purchase and add them to your shopping cart. On the shopping cart page, you can type the name of the tutorial that you would like for free in the notes field. Please Note: The price of the 4th free tutorial cannot exceed the price of any one of the 3 tutorials you are purchasing (it must be of equal or lesser value).

A link to download your 3 purchased tutorials will be emailed to you within 5-10 minutes after placing your order. We will email your free tutorial to you within 24 hours after placing your order, though typically much sooner.

During the sale, with every 3 tutorials you purchase in a single transaction, you are entitled to 1 free additional tutorial. So, if you buy 6 patterns then you can get 2 additional tutorials for free, and if you buy 9 patterns then you can get 3 additional tutorials for free! Just type the name of each tutorial you would like for free in the note section, separating each design name by a comma.

Please let us know if you have any questions
Refunds and Exchanges
We're proud of our work and appreciate your willingness to try our products. We're sure you'll be happy with your purchase; but if you're not - don't worry - we offer a satisfaction guarantee!

This is our full-time occupation and how we support ourselves and our family. As a mother and daughter team of artists, we work hard to come up with exciting new designs, create the PDF and video tutorials for them, and build and manage the websites and all other aspects of the business side that enable us to share and deliver our products to you. We work very hard to make each of our beading tutorials as clear and concise as possible and utilize the latest technology available to make downloading and viewing them as fast, easy and convenient as possible for you. However, we're still human and do occasionally slip up. And as we all know, while technology is great, it can have its moments too.

If you have any problem with one of our tutorials, or with the technology side, please rest assured - we'll make it right! Just contact us with your concern and we'll do our very best to work with you to resolve the issue in a timely manner. If we can't make it right, we'll gladly refund your purchase price.

So go ahead and buy with confidence. Your satisfaction is guaranteed!
Additional policies and FAQs
Mailing List:

Customers who place orders with us are automatically added to our email broadcast list to be notified of new tutorials and special sales. You can unsubscribe at the bottom of the emails, or you can contact us and we can remove you from our mailing list.

Teaching Policy:

Thank you for your interest. We would love to have you to teach our designs, as long as you respect our copyrights by following our simple guidelines below. As fellow instructors, we strive to ensure everyone’s success and satisfaction!

The purchase of a $4.95 teaching certificate gives you permission to teach a specific design to any number of students who have paid for their own copy of the tutorial (as part of the class fee). With the purchase of a teaching certificate, you will receive a customized certificate in PDF format to print and display, showing your students that you are authorized to teach that class. You will also receive a 20% off coupon that you can use towards the purchase of each of your students’ copy of the tutorial (tutorials can be given out before, during or after class as you so choose. Providing each student with their own purchased copy of the tutorial ensures their success (especially if they need to finish the project on their own, or wish to make additional projects in the future) and will reflect well on you as a thorough and thoughtful instructor.

Copy and paste this web address in your search bar to purchase a teaching certificate:

Copyright Policy:

As a professional artist for nearly 40 years, and having served as an art commissioner for our small town, I have had ample opportunity to discuss the finer points of copyright law with fellow artists and can say, without a doubt, that there are almost as many perspectives on the issue as there are artists. The debate over originality and copyright protection has exploded, in pace with the availability of unlimited inspiration found on the Internet. After careful research, (which included our review of copyright law and cases that have been brought before the courts, as well as the published positions of several industry leaders including Bead & Button magazine and Etsy), we feel that it is still too hard to clearly discern, with absolute certainty in some circumstances, what constitutes an original design or derivative work and what falls under the common domain. With that said, we have arrived at our personal position with regards to copyrights and have attempted to clearly define how you may use our products (tutorials, kits, and designs), so that you have a level of comfort in knowing what your rights are when using our products. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.

Our Tutorials / Patterns:
We copyright our written and photographed tutorials (patterns), which represent our original and unique intellectual property (just like a book). As such, making copies of our tutorials (in full or part), to either share, sell or give away, is strictly prohibited by law and we will not hesitate to report any infringement of our copyrights to the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice for investigation and prosecution. We understand the temptation, but please respect our copyrights, as this is the sole means we have to support ourselves. If you cannot afford one of our patterns, or know someone who has difficulty affording a pattern, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will gladly do what we can to help out with the price – we’ve been there, and we’re all in this together.

Our Jewelry Designs:
Our jewelry designs include projects that are made using popular beading techniques (that fall under the common domain and as such are not restricted by copyright), variations of popular beading techniques, and, as far as we know, completely original works. As many artist do, we have often been inspired, whether consciously or unconsciously, by other jewelry designs we run across (sometimes years earlier). We never knowingly duplicate another artist’s jewelry design without getting their permission and/or referencing their original design. If and when we create a design that we know has been inspired by a published piece, we take great pains to create our own unique design by making changes to the process, materials and/or finished feel of the piece (meeting the two criteria the U.S. courts have used to determine whether two pieces of jewelry have “substantial similarity”).

Can I sell the jewelry I make using the tutorials and/or kits I purchase from you?
Yes! We have absolutely no problem with your selling the jewelry that you make using our tutorials and/or kits. In the past, we did ask that you give us credit for our original copyrighted designs, however we no longer feel the personal need to require you to disclose our authorship and copyright, as we feel that it may inhibit your ability to promote and sell your handiwork. But, just as we don’t claim other people’s work as our own, we ask that you not represent our design(s) as your own (i.e. you can proudly say that you made the piece, but please don’t claim that you designed it).

Further Reading:
There are numerous articles attempting to disseminate copyright law and how it specifically applies to jewelry design, and if you are interested, we encourage you to research it further. We found an article written and published on Etsy, a globally known and highly respected artisan marketplace, to be clearly written and informative. You can view this article by visiting

Thank you for taking the time to review our copyright policy. And again, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding our designs or copyright policy.