Beading Patterns

Beading pattern, Wildflower Bouquet Bracelet, by Deborah Hodoyer

Beading Patterns Garden Party

This time of year in the Northeast, we start to have less rain and lots of heat. The flowers start to suffer about mid-July, if you’re not careful. My yard still has some color (my husband does an amazing job keeping up with the watering) and the area is  ripe with black-eyed Susans, sunflowers, and…

Nancy Eha's feather stitch sampler; seed bead botany course

Seed Bead Patterns and Techniques for Creating Botany

Nancy Eha is back with us, and this time she’s teaching her Seed Bead Botany course. In all of Nancy’s courses she shares seed bead patterns, techniques, and design ideas ideal for use on fabric and within bead embroidery. In the Seed Bead Botany course, Nancy covers many techniques for making flowers, leaves, vines, berries,…

Earring Jacket designs, by Kassie Shaw. Right-angle weave variation

FREE Right-Angle Weave Patterns by Kassie Shaw

Kassie Shaw has created some amazing new resources for us. Her latest, a series of videos featuring right-angle weave and right-angle weave variations – each of these are available as video downloads or you can find them all rolled up into a DVD – Beadweaving Beyond the Basics: Right-Angle Weave Variations. To complement these videos,…

Whistle Stop Bracelet by Marcia L. Balonis 3 different two-hole bead shapes stitched using netting, brick-stitch edging, and picot

Shaped Beads Inspire New Designs

Whenever we’re talking about two-hole beads, I’m drawn back to the first two-hole bead I met – the good ol’ two-hole tile bead (said like it’s 100 years old when really, that was only about 4 years ago!). Here are two designs featuring two-hole tile beads, from one of the first issues of Beadwork magazine…

Kassie Shaw DIY Bead Diagrams complex bead diagram with thread path

Create Beading Diagrams Using Microsoft Word!

You’re going to hear Kassie Shaw’s name a lot over the next few weeks, as this lady is our Artist of the Month! And not only is she artist of the month, Kassie has lots of new things to share with us. I can’t wait to fill you in on all she’s got cooking. First…

Brick Stitching Nature: Charts for Beaded Butterflies, Dragonflies, and a Honeybee, by Karen Parker

Take a Closer Look at Brick Stitch

Brick stitch is a great stitch for adding accents, edging or completely on its own as the star of the design. Brick stitch, like other stitches, comes in many flavors, including: flat, tubular, and circular. It can also be woven to create beaded shapes. From Carol Cypher: “Sometimes called Comanche stitch, brick stitch has Native…

Fireplace

On Making Time to Dream

I celebrated the holidays with my kids this weekend, as they’ll each be out of town next week. I have to tell you, it was lovely. Oh, we don’t go overboard… We exchange a few gifts and then choose a different cuisine each year to enjoy (this year was Ecuadorian). But mostly, we put our…

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…