I love to make bracelets in peyote with a pattern, usually with a cat so for the purpose to create a pattern I can work with I use a program called beadtool 4
Here you can download Beadtool 4.
In the free version, you can do everything except save and print your designs.
This is how it looks when I´ve just opened the program:
When I want to draw a pattern first I select the technique, I'll use:
Then what kind of beads, I should use.
Now I set the length and width of work:
After that I just start playing around
I set zoom to 200%, to make it easier to see, what to "paint" and I seek out the colors I want to use.
Here you can search either in color or bead number
Now it's time to start painting pattern. Today, it is a cat pattern in peyote
When I have finished "painting" I choose the preview and see how it looks. Here I can also choose how I want the pattern printed, just as image or text, which reads line by line how many beads of the colors I choosed.
The program provides beads designation A-> depending on how many colors you have chosen. The program has also figured out how many beads I need of each color.
When I am fully satisfied with my pattern, I save it as a PDF and print it and get beading.
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