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.

Gorgeous Glass Beads with Penny Dixon

There’s no question in my mind that the recent introduction of such an amazing variety of shaped glass beads has forever changed the way we make beaded jewelry with seed beads.  Browsing through a local bead shop or online at my favorite bead supply company makes me feel grateful to have such an array of…

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DIY Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and I’m loving all of the DIY projects and inspiration I’m seeing online. There’s something about this holiday that ignites every feeling of excitement for summer–a giddy sensation that I believe carries over from my childhood! That being said, I couldn’t help myself but to find…

The Ultimate List of Free Right Angle Weave Patterns & Instructions

There are two types of right-angle weave that produce the same finished beadwork. Cross-needle weaving, or double-needle right-angle weave, is made using two needles on opposite ends of the same length of beading thread. Single-needle right-angle weave passes through the beads in alternating circular patterns. Learning Cubic RAW: It may be easier to learn cubic right-angle weave…

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Beading is Better Than Sunburns!

I’m a mountain girl, born and raised. This means I’d take a snowstorm over 100 degree heat any day. Now that I live on the hot and dry Front Range of Colorado, any day over 75 degrees makes me beg for cold mountain air. For now, air conditioning will have to do. Simply put, I…

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More to Explore with Jewelry Making!

If I were to describe it as a road, I could say that I came to beading and bead-weaving along a rambling, twisty, back country road full of mysterious forests and magnificent views of far-off mountains. Okay, so maybe I’m waxing a little poetic here, but my road to seed bead work came after a…

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Beaded Wedding Jewelry + More

When my husband proposed to me 14 years ago, I knew that beads were going to be a big part of our wedding celebration. (I think he expected it, too. Go figure.) Naturally, I made my own wedding jewelry, and I made simple but elegant bead netted collars for my bridesmaids. Best of all, my…

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Wrapping a Gemstone Point with Peyote Stitch

I’ve always been attracted to using gemstones in my beaded jewelry designs, whether for their perceived powers of spiritual healing, or just for their raw natural beauty. My latest acquisition to my collection of healing gemstones is a large, double-pointed quartz crystal that I thought would make a nice (but large) pendant. Inspired by images…

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Small is Beautiful: New miniDuo from Matubo and Beadsmith

Just when you thought two-hole seed beads couldn’t get any cuter, my friends over at the Beadsmith have introduced the miniDUO to the beading world! These itty bitty two-hole seed beads are the same shape as your favorite SuperDuo two-hole seed beads, but 25% smaller. They come in over 100 different colors, and have the…