These bead toran / welcome toran were commonly seen hanging on door frames in Indian homes a couple of decades ago. #nostagic :D
Do you remember seeing them?
To make this bead project, you have to know how to weave a flat right angle weave sheet.
To create the letters, I simply plotted the graph on a piece of paper. I did not follow any pattern and you can do the same as this will give you the ability to choose how tall and how wide you want the letters to be.
Important: If you are going to plot your own letter graphs, it is better if you design E first as it requires horizontal symmetry. Once you get E and M down, rest of the letters will be easy. Letters O and L are easier to design.
But if you want to follow the exact pattern that I have used, scroll down and I have added closeup pictures.
You can choose to start from the left and keep adding row after row till you reach the end
or you can weave blocks and then join them together
I preferred to do the blocks first and join later. This is easier to hold in my hand and if I make a mistake in a letter, I just have to correct or redo that letter alone. Whereas if I do it in one stretch and find out that a letter in the middle has a mistake, then I have to unravel a lot of rows. But it is a personal choice so do what you think will be easy for you.
If you decide to do the letter blocks first, once you get the pattern ready, you can either weave the block from left to right (row after row) or you can do the red beads first and then add the background beads like shown below.
Here are the closeup pictures of the letters.
Letters M and W
M and W will have the same pattern so make 2 of this.
I have made a mistake in this letter. Noticed it just while typing this post. Please check the image below. The red bead inside the white circle should be cream in color.
You will need two of this too.
Make one of this.
Make one of this.
As you can see, for C and O, I have sliced the corners so they are at an angle. This is just to show you that you can do something like this (but might not look good for M and W).
In the picture below, you can see the difference between letter C and letter L.
Make one of this.
Once the blocks are ready, you just have to join them.
Continue adding the letters one by one.
Once I completed joining the blocks, I added a row of background colored beads on all 4 sides.
Welcome bead toran is ready. But you don’t have to stop with this. You can add designs on both sides and even below the word.
I decided to add a 8 petal flower on both sides.
For geometric patterns like this one, I feel that it is easier if it is broken down into parts. This way, you wont have to consult the pattern again and again as you can easily memorize the pattern and do it while watching TV or chatting with your family. Just make sure you double check every few rows. ;)
So you can either weave this from left to right, row by row like this
or you can create the central spine like shown below and work from there.
Here is the closeup view of the flower in case you want to use the same pattern in your project.
You can choose to add a few rows of background colored beads in between the flower and the letters if you want. I added 2 rows of beads.
As you can see above, the flower is at the very edge of the toran. You can add a few rows of background color on both sides. See the difference between the two?
Enjoy your welcome bead toran ……. while off I go to correct that W :D …. Yikes…… Consequences of binge watching Netflix while beading.