Bead-Weaving

When you work with these tiny seed beads to do bead weaving, you join a five-hundred-year tradition that spans most continents and even more cultures. By mixing and weaving a harmonious blend of beads in varying colors, finishes and shapes, you can create beautiful heirloom-quality jewelry. Time and attention to the details will also enhance the final result of your bead weaving. Be in the right mindset when you sit down to do bead weaving.

Bracelet Making Made Easy

Need a couple of quick ideas for some easy, fun bracelet making projects for the summer? Maybe you have the kids around and need a project to keep them occupied and ward off the classic summer mantra of, “I’m bored!” Or if you  just want a little creative downtime between big beading projects, try one…

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Learning Beadwork

I’ve always been intrigued by the different ways in which people learn. I’m a very visual and physical learner while others can teach themselves simply by reading from a book. For example, I’ve bought dozens of knitting books in the hopes of learning to make socks, but I know I’ll never figure it out until…

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Teach Others How to Bead with Beading Diagrams

You know how a picture speaks a thousand words? A good beading diagram, I would argue, speaks way more than that. Written instructions will only get you (and your students and customers) only so far without some kind of images to illustrate the concepts and thread paths that you’re trying to communicate with them, and…

The Only List of Herringbone Stitch Projects You’ll Need

The Only List of Herringbone Stitch Projects You’ll Need Herringbone stitch in beadwork is also known as Ndebele, drawing that name from the South African tribe that developed this beadweaving stitch. Herringbone stitch can be started using a ladder of seed beads in a manner similar to brick stitch, or it can be started using a…

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Make a Beaded Mandala With Bead Netting

Last week, I shared my story about how a visit to a local shaman and some beads braided into my hair resulted in some pretty cool creative projects. Well, I’m still riding that big wave of creativity, and now I’m playing with making tiny beaded mandalas using netting stitch! Beaded netting stitch is one of…

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Shamans, Mandalas, and Beaded Earrings

Earlier this year, I paid a visit to a local shaman, who, during the course of our visit, gave me 3 tasks to complete as part of my spiritual journey. The first one was easy – she told me to take a bubble bath with as many bubbles as I could. Woo-hoo! The second task…

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Custom Wedding Jewelry

One of my friends is getting married in a few months, and as I help her plan and get all of the details finalized, I can’t help but notice how calm she is about everything. The florist can’t get the exact flowers she wants? No big deal. One of the bridesmaids has gone rogue and…

Shaped Bead DVD

Explore Shaped Beads!

Shaped beads are a hot trend in the bead world, with new shapes seeming to come out almost weekly. Beaders tend to love them or hate them—but Penny Dixon is one bead artist who definitely falls into the “love” category. And Penny’s shaped-bead designs are always a hit with other beaders, probably because they’re all…

The Ultimate Collection of Online Resources for Brick Stitch Beading

The Ultimate Collection of Online Resources for Brick Stitch Beading Always wanted to know how to do brick stitch beading? You’re in luck. These are our most-downloaded, viewed, and top-selling resources – and the best part is, most of them are completely free! How to Brick Stitch: The Free Tutorials 1. How to Brick Stitch,…