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Swarovski Wild Heart bead crochet necklace. White hemp cording, 5mm crochet hook, Swarovski crystals in crystal red magma

Bead Crochet Your Next Design

The mention of Valentine’s Day brings hearts, flowers and the color red to mind. I’m not a heart person, really, but I do love the Swarovski crystal Devoted 2 U and Wild heart pendants. And really, how can you resist them? The deep colors, the great shapes, and those facets!          …

Named after Lisa’s niece, this right-angle weave bracelet has three lengths of fringe on three tiers and has pearl accents, which really amps up the femininity. Wouldn’t this also be amazing as a choker?

Stitch Up a Design for Valentines Day or Just Because

If you’re ready to stitch up a design for a special night out with your special someone, or just ready to make something pretty, this “perfect pair” is a great go-to.               In Bead Metamorphosis, author and designer Lisa Kan stitches custom components as well as shows how to use…

Riveted & Leather Bracelet with seed beads and spike fringe

Seed Beads, Leather, Micro-Spikes and Eyelets Kit

This week marks one month in my journey as BeadingDaily’s online editor. It’s been a wonderful month and I’ve been overwhelmed with your warm reception. Thank you, all. This month, it’s my honor to announce that I’ve been selected as Artist of the Month! What a great way to celebrate my new team at F+W…

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…

backing rivoli 1

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,…