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Melroy's Concertina, Maggie Thompson

Kumihimo Draws You In and Inspires Beautiful Designs

12 years ago I endeavored down the kumihimo path. My first experiences were on a marudai, a Japanese tool used for braiding cords. Marudais themselves are beautiful and invite you in, don’t you agree? Alas, as much as I wanted to master this beautiful tool and make beautiful beaded, kumihimo designs, kumihimo and I just…

Peyote Stitch Companion - Bezels, Shapes & More

Learn Peyote Stitch in a Private Lesson with Melinda Barta

I’ve known several beaders who learned peyote stitch from Melinda Barta’s Peyote Stitch: Basics and Beyond DVD, so when I heard she filmed 2 new video workshops on peyote stitch, I had to find out what inspired her to return to the studio. BD: Melinda, you are prolific in your design, writing, and video work.…

Passementerie Bangle, Alice Coelho, Beadwork, Apr/May 2014

Beadwork Magazine Inspires Through the Years

I was moving things around in my studio last week, recycling old catalogs (our public schools recycle as a fundraiser so it’s great motivation) and archiving magazines to storage – all to make room for the new! Before I knew it, hours had passed, I had flagged a few designs I have yet to try, and…

Beaded quilt, Nancy Eha

Learn Bead Embroidery and Sashiko from a Master Artist

15 years ago or so, I had the pleasure of meeting Nancy Eha and seeing her work in person. The colors, the stitching, the glint of gold and oh, how the beads caught the light…wow! I was not a “tiny-beads” person back then but Nancy’s work still moved me. And today? Well – when seeing Nancy’s…

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How to Prepare a Rivoli for Bead Embroidery

I was just paging through Csilla Pap’s new book, Sensational Soutache Jewelry Making. And I’ll have to say, it’s fantastic! It’s filled with beautiful projects, but also with tips and techniques that any beader would love to have in their arsenal of tricks. For instance, anyone who’s tried bead embroidery knows  it’s a challenge to…

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Jewelry Stringing, Spring 2016

In the Spring 2016 issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine we’re celebrating all there is to love about spring. In our annual “color” issue, we present two color-based collections: Sugar Coated features designs with smooth, matte  surfaces and pastel hues, and Secret Garden is a palette encompassing spring hues and floral motifs. Talisman jewelry has been extremely popular, so…

SuperDuo beads

Shaped Beads Primer: 2-Hole Seed Beads

There are so many new shaped beads out there! Lentils. Tiles. Triangles… How can you resist them? They are so pretty in all their colors and finishes. And each one offers its own unique design possibility. One must focus (or try to focus) to appreciate them individually, as each one has its own beauty, variety,…

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How to Prepare for a Day of Beading

There’s a winter storm brewing in our part of the United States and I’m feeling like a little kid – excited and ready! And although we will likely be plowed out in no time, a storm like this one (12-18” are predicted) has even me making sure I have supplies on hand to bake and…

mixed-media grouping including sea glass, coral and buttons

Try a Mixed-Media Approach to Jewelry Design

When approaching a new design idea, it’s fun to consider using alternative materials and mixing them in with the usual suspects like beads, thread, needles and wire.   I also love the thrill of the hunt then figuring out how to incorporate my found objects into finished designs. My favorite place to find “found objects”…

RAW strips stitched closed over armatures.

Learning Basic and Cubic Right-Angle Weave

Today I begin a new adventure in right-angle weave and aspire to be proficient in cubic right-angle weave. Not quite a resolution, but certainly a good goal. I’ve worked right-angle weave before and created a few designs in the past. After viewing Marcia DeCoster’s video Cubic Right-Angle Weave with Marcia DeCoster: Fundamentals and Shaping, I’m…