Beading Patterns

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…

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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…

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Vintage Beads Inspire New Shaped Beads

A few weeks ago, I delved into my bead stash to find some Silky beads so I could stitch out a few units of a pattern I was editing. After digging for longer than I care to admit, I began to ponder my dragon’s lair of vintage beads, remembering that it included some two-holed beads…

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Make These Brick Stitch Snowflake Earrings

While new shaped- and multi-hole beads are more popular today than ever, I find that it’s a breath of fresh air to work up a project using only traditional stitches and classic seed or cylinder beads. And just in time for winter, I’ve been looking for cute and quick holiday-themed projects to make for friends,…