Inside Scoop on 3 Hot Bead Trends

Apr 20, 2009

Keeping Secrets

Sometimes I have a hard time keeping secrets. Especially good secrets. In fact, when I was a kid, I remember getting up really early one Christmas morning (as usual) to see what Santa had left me, then promptly waking up my little sister to spill the beans that the Jolly Old Elf had brought us both much-wished-for Cabbage Patch Kids Preemie dolls. I just couldn’t wait for her to wake up and share in my excitement. Plus, I was already prepared to negotiate a baby swap.

3 Hot Bead Trends

In the same way, I can’t wait for all of you to pick up a copy of Beads 2009 before I start gushing about all the cool beads featured in the themed Editors’ Top Picks section (we present more than 145 of them!). So, I guess you’ll benefit from my impatience.

Here’s a hint of what I’m so excited about:

1. Big Beads

Check out these great donuts and pendants! They are made of stoneware fused with stained glass. I interviewed Lynda Stewart, product manager for John Bead Corporation, for the trend article in this issue of Beads 2009, and she told me that big, bold beads like this are going to be hot, hot, hot this year.

2. Bright Beads

You know what else Stewart says is so en vogue right now? Vibrant, colorful beads, like these fantastic vintage Lucite filigrees.  In fact, Pantone (the proclaimed global authority on color) named fuchsia red, super lemon, and vibrant green as some of spring’s hottest colors. The future of beads is so bright, you’ll want to wear shades!

3.  Brilliant Beads

Metal beads and findings are always in style, but this year it’s all about texture. “No matter what the metal—sterling silver, gold-filled, brass, pewter, bronze—people want them textured,” says Stewart. Here’s a great example of what she’s talking about—matte gold fancy chain.

And that’s just a taste of what’s in store for you in Beads 2009. As I mentioned, we feature over 145 of our favorite beads and findings in the issue, plus 12 inspiring projects with thorough step-by-step instructions, so relatively speaking, I haven’t given away too much. Right? 

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MarilynG@20 wrote
on Apr 20, 2009 5:09 PM
The donation is a great idea -- but I backed out of the process because there was an automatic shipping charge added at checkout. Let us know when this has changed. -Marilyn
ShadoKat wrote
on Apr 20, 2009 8:46 PM
Hi MarilynG, I'm glad you brought this to their attention. I tried to donate as well but encountered the shipping charge. I didn't know whether to contact Interweave directly or Beading Daily because the form comes up in the Interweave store. Guys, let us know when this is resolved! Thanks Penny
BethM@3 wrote
on Apr 20, 2009 11:02 PM
Me too, I tried to donate, but didn't want to spend 11.40 in shipping to donate $5.00! Hope it can be fixed. Beth in Switzerland
MonicaP@10 wrote
on Apr 21, 2009 7:04 AM
Thanks to the guinea pigs for bringing up the shipping issue. So I just bought that gold chain two days ago, at the April 19th Suburban Bead Encounter! It really is gorgeous, but it feels like cheating - all I had to do was add a clasp and done!
on Apr 21, 2009 9:48 AM
Yes, obviously, you should have not been charged for shipping! The shipping charge has been removed as of this morning and anyone who was charged will have that money refunded. So sorry about this!