Making a kandi panel looks more intimidating than it is. In fact, once you get the steps down, it becomes second nature to whip up even the most complex of panels. The panel I have here is a small panel that I intended as one side of a kandi purse. It contains 20 beads per row, and 30 beads per column. That means 20 beads high, and 30 beads across.
As you can see, this panel lets you know how many beads per color you need to complete it. Typically, when starting a panel, you start from the bottom and work your way up. I designed this panel using the pattern maker feature on www.kandipatterns.com. You don’t have to design your own panel if you don’t want to. This web site is full of patterns you can use for your creations. MOST of the time (though not all), you can click a pattern and see each row numbered. This is helpful when creating a panel, as it can be used for reference so you know which row you are on at any given time. Here is an example:
So when you find a pattern or create a pattern that you would like to follow, you would want to begin by making your skeleton. The skeleton is the part of your pattern that is marked by the numbers 1 and 2. This is done by taking your string and folding it in half. That way, both ends face the same direction. If you were to make this rainbow panel, you would then put a purple bead on one end (1) and then a blue bead on the opposite end (2). Then you would take a purple bead (1) and slip both ends of your string through it. Repeat the process of stringing on two beads, then one, until you have finished rows one and two. When you begin row 3, you will be working from the left and making your way to the right. Once your skeleton is complete, it’s as simple as stringing beads to snap into place of the gaps between beads. You will be stringing on only blue beads to complete row 3.
Once row 3 is complete, you will be working from right to left. Check the pattern to see what color you will need to string on to complete this row. You are on row 4, which means you will be stringing on only green beads. When working with more complex patterns, such as the Majora’s Mask pattern I have on the top of this article, you may find yourself stringing on different colors per row instead of just one. Just keep an eye on what row you are working on, and plan your beads accordingly.
And that’s how you follow a pattern! This works great for both peyote stitch and multi stitch panels. If you are interested in fuse bead patterns, you will find them on www.kandipatterns.com as well. If you have any questions about how to read a kandi pattern, please feel free to ask!