Behind the Scenes of Stringing Magazine

I don’t know about you, but I’m kind a sucker for those "the-making-of" special features included on DVDs these days. You know, the laugh reels, the director’s commentary, the short history documentaries that provide a backdrop to the movie. I’m not the only one, right?

So, one day as I was reading over my long to-do list for Stringing, I thought about all the steps that go into making the magazine and how—just maybe—contributors, readers, and just plain curious people might like a little glimpse into this process. Interested? I will play tour guide on this wholesome Peeping-Tom adventure . . .

Here’s our editorial assistant Debbie Blair with buckets full of submissions sent in to Stringing. For each issue of Stringing, we receive an average of about 150 pieces of jewelry to consider! I would love even more submissions—check out our Contributor Guidelines for details.
Here I am setting out a necklace on our conference table in preparation for a submissions meeting. The Stringing team votes for favorites, keeping in mind that all featured projects must have a partner for the facing page and that we need variety in what we choose. During this meeting, we must whittle down the submissions by at least one-third—a tough task!
Deep in the basement of Interweave is our own little photo studio manned by talented photo stylist and in-house photographer Ann Swanson. Here, Ann artistically positions a necklace for our Winter 2008 issue of Stringing, available late December/early January.  Subscribe to Stringing magazine now to make sure you get this much-anticipated issue!
Assistant editor Elizabeth Murray (foreground) and managing editor Melinda Barta (background) in the Stringing and Beadwork editorial office. Here we edit files and read them once, twice, three times, and more!

And here are the people who take all the edits and photographs and turn them into a magazine as you know it. Mark Dobroth in production puts the text into magazine-page format, and Sarah Chesnutt, our graphic designer, makes it all look beautiful!


Stay tuned. Maybe we’ll put together a Stringing bloopers montage—we do have some fun around here! In the meantime, enjoy the fruits of our labors, such as this free project, Lakeside by Kelly Angeley.

New Free Project
by Kelly Angeley

The chunky pressed-glass rondelles used in this necklace look like real turquoise, but cost much less.  Tip:  Using seed beads at the bar end of the toggle clasp makes it easier to fit the bar through the ring half of the clasp.  This project is from Stringing magazine.  Download Lakeside.

About the designer:  Kelly Angeley lives, beads, and teaches beading in Florence, Oregon.  

Danielle Fox is the editor of Stringing, Bead Star, and Beads 2008 and author of Simply Modern JewelryPlease post any questions or comments for Danielle on the website.

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Michelle M.

About Michelle M.

I was the founding editor of Beading Daily (2007-2009) and my now a freelance designer/writer/editor.  My designs have been published in Stringing, Step by Step Beads, Jewelry Gifts for the Holidays, Creative Jewelry, Beadwork, and other magazines. I enjoy stringing, bead embroidery, wirework, metal work, mixed media, beadweaving—pretty much anything that involves beads or jewelry.  I also enjoy exploring new crafts like pottery and felting.  I write a personal blog if you want to see more of my work. 16+ Free Beading Projects: A list of the free projects I created for Beading Daily. Contact Info If you have a question regarding Beading Daily, please contact customer service at or the current editor, Kristal Wick. If you'd like to contact me, you'll find my info on my website:  You can also follow me on Twitter at: Pictured here is a pair of earrings I made for the Spring 2010 issue of Stringing in an attempt to get over my fear of designing with the color orange!

5 thoughts on “Behind the Scenes of Stringing Magazine

  1. Oh Danielle! This was so interesting to see-a behind the scenes look that I’ve been thinking about lately! Love it! Looks like a fun place to work too!
    I work “behind the scenes” at an art museum and although sometimes I feel like it’s so un-glamorous, it really is quite interesting what goes on behind closed doors!!
    Thanks for the peek!

  2. Hi Danielle! What a great peek into all the love that goes into an issue of stringing. And it is great to put a face with all those names that I see in the magazine…on this blog…on an email…I am looking forward to seeing my necklace in that Winter issue and had to squint to see if that was it being photographed! How great that you can work in such a creative and inspiring work environment…and we would love to see those bloopers some time too! Enjoy the day! Erin, Tesori Trovati Jewelry

  3. This was wonderful. I love seeing not only how you put it together but the people behind the scenes. You all look like you are enjoying yourselves.

    Maybe we could get you to do a close up about each person and how they do what they do.

    Thanks for a great article.

  4. Thanks for this – it’s great seeing pictures of you and the other staff in your office and putting faces to the names! And it was fun to be able to see where my beadwork goes when it disappears off ‘across the pond’. I often wish my pieces could talk when they come home again!