Craft Cove Blog: Instructions for following 3d chart patterns

Monday, July 5, 2010

Instructions for following 3d chart patterns

Instructions for following 3d patterns in chart form

Every now and again you may come across a 3d beading pattern that is created in a chart form.  They are usually written in Chinese or Korean.  Here are the instructions for how to follow them written in English.  
There are also some variations to this, but this at least gives a good starting place.

If anyone knows of any errors or things to add, please let me know.

·         Right angle weave, stringing
·         Moderate

Note:  These images are just examples and not an actual pattern.

You work one circle at the time, marked by the number in Row A.  Start with row B, then work row C.  Then cross the LEFT thread through the last bead to make the total for row D.  The whole 4 rows of the chart create one circle of beads.

The images below show the exact same instructions using the more common pattern method.

This first table shows the very basic information that is sometimes seen in the first part of the pattern

This section above the table will give information like size of beads, colour to start with, etc

This just states the number for the circle of beads being worked on
This is the number of beads for the LEFT thread to go through, unless otherwise stated
This is the number of beads to be added to the RIGHT thread, unless otherwise stated
This is the total number of beads made in this circle. Crossed with the LEFT thread

This shows some more advanced entries that are found in the B row

B row almost always means you need to go through beads already there, and almost always on the Left thread.  A “-“ in between two numbers means both threads are used.
Note: Sometimes characters are used for LEFT and RIGHT or for the colours

The LEFT thread needs to go through two beads already there.  The RIGHT thread needs to go through one bead already there

The RIGHT thread needs to go through one bead that is already there, instead of the usual LEFT thread


More advanced entries in the C row

The C row tells what needs to be added, usually to the RIGHT thread, unless otherwise stated.
Three beads need to be added to the RIGHT thread, and one bead needs to be added to the LEFT thread


Two beads are added to the LEFT thread instead of the usual RIGHT thread.


Working with colour

Colours are shown by either a character or a circle in a particular colour.  Usually there is a key at the start of the pattern.



To sum up:  B  means to go through beads already there, and on the LEFT
C  means add beads, on the RIGHT
D means cross left thread through last bead, to give this total number of beads.

Created by Jenny Lawson

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More tutorials can be found at:  Jewellery from Craft Cove
Please do not distribute, lend or copy.
Do not mass produce.

Copyright  2010 Jenny Lawson


  1. Wow! I've never seen a chart like that but it would definitely scare me off! I'm just now starting to explore 3D beading, spurred on by my DA friends of course. So far, I've only done a few shapes. I found you also on DA! My DA ID is ElderArc. :D

    Thanks so much for posting this! I'll have to bookmark this in case I run into a chart. I'd probably have to read it a few times... it's all Greek to me! :D


    1. If you get patterns from Europe you will eventually come across this type.

      Hope it helps.

  2. Thank you so much for this! It's a great help; I bought a book while in Singapore that contains largely charted patterns, and I was kicking myself for supposedly wasting my money - but this redeems my purchase, haha XD.

    A side note to anyone thinking of getting a few books for their own collection: for whatever reason, I've found that the Japanese books are more likely to have graphic patterns/instructions rather than charts, so they're often easier to understand.

    1. So glad I could help.

      Yeah this type of pattern isn't that common, so it can throw you when you come across them.

  3. What about a direction where the top box says 2 in red and then (O with a degree mark)?

    1. I'm sorry, I haven't come across that. If you work everything up to that step, the next step might just make sense. You know to use 2 red beads at least.

      Sorry I can't help you more.

  4. It would be really great if everyone who used this chart commented.

    It's so hard to know how much use this has been to people.

  5. Omg this was really helpful ! Now I can finally make that rainbow fish kit I got from my cousin - I couldn't make sense of the chart when I first opened it !
    Thanks so much for this explanation ! :D

  6. I'm so glad you found this helpful. Thanks for your comment.

  7. Please excuse the blonde moment! first of all thank you for explaining this so very well. Buy i have a bit of a blonde question .... do you do ALL of the A rows first. my pattern chart is broken into 3 boxes each with a A,B,C,& D row ... Please help im trying to teach 10yr olds this wonderful craft!

    1. No, you work your way down the columns.

      The whole 4 rows of the chart create one circle of beads. You start with A, then B, etc.

      You work one circle at the time, marked by the number in Row A. Start with row B, then work row C. Then cross the LEFT thread through the last bead to make the total for row D.

    2. thank you so very much.

  8. Hi Jenny! This is ¡SO! ¡FANTASTIC! I found the link for this post in the comments section on the site and decided to "pop" over to check "it" out. I am SO glad I did! I have been looking for something like this for about 3 years now. Unfortunately, I'm looking at it on my cell phone and the pictures are not showing up. :( So I CAN'T WAIT to be able to go pull you up on my "real" computer. I have a feeling the pics will show up just fine there. Anyway, I did want to not only say THANK YOU, but also wanted to mention how FANTASTIC YOU ARE for being SO WILLING to share and teach SO MANY people and to make all the help you do available for free...well...for me, there really just aren't words adaquate enough to thank you properly! I live on what most would call a fixed income, but truly, it's WELL beyond fixed! I'm VERY grateful for what I have, but it does sometimes make it hard to buy the supplies I need to learn the things I want to learn. And unfortunately, my local library has almost nothing on beading/jewelry making. It's ok though, I get by just fine. But when I come across someone like yourself, so willing to share, it just REALLY brightens my day! ;-)

    1. It's not the phone, I deleted some images off my Google plus account, and the stupid thing deleted the others from here! So very annoyed!

      I'll have to go through each post and repost the missing images. I'll do this one first, and gradually get through the rest.

      I'm so glad you find this helpful. Thanks for such kind words.

    2. Should be all fixed. Let me know if there are any problems.


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