This tutorial shows how you can make this hexagon shaped beaded coaster or table mat. It can be made as small or as big as you want.
We will be making a lot of hexagons with beads.
Pick up 6 beads with needle.
Tie the two ends of the thread and this will form the first hexagon.
To hide this knot, you can pass the needle through a bead and pull it and this will pull the knot and it will be hidden inside the bead.
It is time to add the second row.
We will be adding one hexagon to each of these 6 beads.
So pick up 5 beads and form a hexagon with bead marked as A (picture shown below).
To add hexagon to bead B, pass needle through B to bring it to position.
Now we are ready to add a hexagon to bead B. This hexagon will share a bead with its neighbor which is the previous hexagon that was added to bead A.
So pick up 4 beads and form the hexagon ring by passing needle through the bead it shares with its neighbor.
The picture below shows the hexagon rings that have been added to bead A and bead B. You can also see the bead that is common to both of them.
Continue adding hexagons to C, D, and E while making sure that they share a bead with their neighbor (Yellow arrow in the picture below points to the shared bead)
Finish this round by adding a hexagon to bead F as well.
But this time, it will share a bead with on both sides as shown below. So we will be picking up only 3 new beads.
This row has been completed and we have formed a flat hexagon with 6 angles and 6 sides.
The next row will be slightly different from the previous row.
Weave needle through beads so that you have the thread coming out of one of the angles (not sides) of the flat hexagon sheet. Once the thread is in position, we will add a hexagon to that bead by picking up 5 new beads.
From this row, we will be treating the angles and the sides of the hexagon differently. The yellow arrows point to the 6 angles.
We used only one blue bead to create the previous hexagon. To add next hexagon, we will be using 2 blue beads.
This is the rule that has to be followed for this round and all future rounds.
- To add hexagon to angle – Use one bead from previous round.
- To add hexagon to sides – Use two beads from previous round.
So we used 2 blue beads, picked up 3 new pink beads, and shared one pink bead with previous hexagon (total 6 beads). Closeup picture below.
Next hexagon will be added to the angle so we will use only one blue bead.
So we will use one blue bead, pick up 4 new pink beads and share 1 pink bead with the previous hexagon.
Next hexagon will be added to the side so we will use 2 blue beads, pick up 3 new pink beads and share one pink bead with its neighbor.
Continue till you complete round 3.
The last hexagon will share a bead each with its neighbors on both sides as shown below.
Round 3 completed.
You can make this as big as you want by adding as many rows as you want.
Round 4 will follow the exact same pattern as round 3. For the angles, use one bead from the previous round and for the sides, use 2 beads from the previous round.