Seed Beads

What’s not to love about seed bead patterns? There’s nothing more satisfying than sitting down with a small pile of beads, a needle and thread and walking away with a finished piece of beautiful beaded jewelry. Seed bead patterns are the magic that turn your seed beads into finished jewelry.

Delicate Details bracelet, by Kelly Wiese

Beaded Bezel Tutorial for Crystals by Kelly Wiese

There are several ways and different stitches you can use to create beaded bezels for crystals. Kelly Wiese has put together beaded bezel tutorial after tutorial, then put them all in to one course, Crystal Beaded Bezels Online Workshop. In this course, Kelly lays the foundation for creating beaded bezels, expands them in fun directions, then…

Corona necklace design by Jean Cox. Tubular right-angle weave, cubic right-angle weave, and a touch of circular peyote

Beaded Bezels with Right-Angle Weave and More

Jean Cox dazzles and delights, always. This time, she is dazzling us through her latest design, “Corona.” This beaded necklace is striking and elegant (in design and color). And like Jean, every bead has a place, every stitch is perfect, there’s a glint and sparkle no matter which way you look at it, and it’s…

Space themed beading projects

Out of This World Beading Projects

Anything space-related immediately reminds me of the atomic trend so popular during the midcentury. During the atomic age, people were fascinated with the idea of space travel and concerns were rising about a possible nuclear war. Both atomic science and space travel had a huge impact on architecture, interior design, television programming, fashion, theme parks,…

Beadweaving Beyond the Basics Cover

Beadweaving Beyond the Basics

Looking for some handmade holiday gifts to create for your friends and family? In Beadweaving Beyond the Basics, Kassie Shaw’s latest book, Kassie explores several of her favorite stitches. Some are classics such as herringbone stitch, peyote stitch, and St. Petersburg chain, while others are Kassie’s own innovative variations on Right Angle Weave. The clearly illustrated…

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How Do We Love Beaded Flowers? Let’s Count The Ways!

Floral designs and beaded flowers have always been a popular theme for bead artists, and it’s easy to understand why. Who can resist the colors and shapes of these natural beauties? Flowers translate to beautiful beaded jewelry designs so easily using your favorite bead-weaving stitches, so it’s no wonder that some of my favorite beading…

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A Fancy Beaded Rope For a Lampwork Glass Pendant

My local farmer’s market is one of my favorite places to buy handmade glass beads and handmade jewelry. Last Sunday, I stopped over to see my good friend Annie who makes lampwork glass beads, and picked up a beautiful little glass leaf. Annie was one of my first lampworking friends back when I started learning…

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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…