Jean Campbell’s Favorite Beading Daily Projects

Jan 6, 2010
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It’s not only a new year, but a new decade! Can you believe it? Just think about what you were doing ten years ago. I was the editor of Beadwork magazine with a toddler toddling about, a wild-man kindergartner, a husband getting his umpteenth degree, and a really bad hairdo. Now I look at my deep-voiced 6' 3" boy, my door-slamming hormone-challenged girl, and my professor husband, and think . . . where did the decade go? 

But instead of getting too wrapped up in lost time, I think I’ll celebrate instead. For one, I’ve got a better hairdo, and that alone is worth celebrating. I’ll also celebrate this new decade (and my 100th blog!) by perusing all 1,035 projects in the Interweave store and picking out a dozen of my favorites. Disclaimer: This was a near-impossible list to make. Have you been to the store lately? There are lots and lots of wonderful projects there, my friend—you’ll have a hard time choosing, too.

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1: Sky High Ring

Janet Kay Skeen’s pancake-stack rings are so whimsical and so wonderfully Janet.

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2: Frosted Flower Necklace

This sculptural brick-stitch wonder by Kerry Slade is so delicate and pretty.

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Jeweled Pea Pod  

3: Jeweled Pea Pods

Janice Berkebile’s simple wireworked pods have a contemporary flair, like something you’d drool over at a museum shop.

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4: Tribal Shield Copper Earrings

Tom and Kay Benham’s copper design is simple enough for beginning metalworkers to do, plus I just love that they are in this store, even though this is a beading site!

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Turquoise Couture

5: Turquoise Couture

These right-angle weave earrings are not only beautiful, but Jennifer VanBenschoten’s design is brilliantly and simply constructed.

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6: Beaded Victorian Earrings

Dale “Cougar” Armstrong’s wire and bead earrings have an elegance in a class of their own.

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Waves of Pearls  

7: Waves of Pearls

This tour de force necklace by Miwako Nara is amazing; I know—I’ve made it this monster . . .

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8: Biker Bracelet

Kate McKinnon’s tough-chick bracelet is one of those that would go with anything, but the way it’s constructed makes it incredibly durable.

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Nautical Star

9: Nautical Star Purse

Scarlett Lanson has outdone herself with this architectural masterpiece.

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10: Golden-edged Ruffles

Shelley Nybakke’s signature free-form style comes shining through in this elegant and flowing project.

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Minnesota Winter

11: Minnesota Winter

Design genius Tina Koyama creates incredible beauty, simply with strung seed beads.

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12: Ellipse Necklace

Marcia DeCoster shows us once again why she’s the right-angle-weave master with this uniquely shaped double-decker necklace.

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Check out all the projects in the store to celebrate this new decade with beads. Let us know your favorites here on Beading Daily.

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Frosted Flower Necklace

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Brick-stitch three ice-blue flowers that bloom from a delicate sterling silver chain.


Jeweled Pea Pods

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Wireworked pea pods bursting with semiprecious peas


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Woofer wrote
on Jan 6, 2010 6:09 PM

Have a friend that collects barrettes--and wears them frequently. Would love to find a simple pattern for one <I'm a beginner> and gift it to her. Any suggestions?

RobertaL@14 wrote
on Jan 6, 2010 7:30 PM

I've seen a lot of free patterns  and really enjoy this site.  Are there currently any free patterns for Beaded Beads (Peyote style)?  This is one stitch that eludes me, yet is so beautiful.


Roberta Leake

LoriS@43 wrote
on Jan 6, 2010 7:34 PM

I used to look forward to the Wednesday e-mail because I really enjoy your style and sense of humor but to me your blog has been turned into an advertisement.  For the last couple of months your blog has centered around selling something from the company and not your off-the-wall ideas, opinions and humor (meant totally as a compliment.) I hope you are able to go back to your chatty, interesting and entertaining blogs and leave the advertising at the bottom of the page.

MarinaP@8 wrote
on Jan 7, 2010 9:58 AM

Thank you for beautiful projects!

I too thought that a new decade starts with the '10 but no, the first year of the new decade was 2001, and the last year of this decade is 2010.  And, I hope the new terminology will settle in - "twenty-ten" instead of "two thousand and ten."  After all, we didn't have to pronounce 1999 as "One thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine."

Love beads & beaders! ---grammaw

on Jan 8, 2010 10:27 AM

I LOVE these designs (favs of '09), and cannot wait to get started on one (or more)!

Jean, you have such great taste; case(s) in point: the series you edited for the Beadwork Creates ... series of small books.  I have just the one of beaded rings, and have made several from the book.  I'm looking for the others - have only seen in the library and in my favorite bead store here in Columbus, OH; neither of which was willing to part with them!!

By the way, I too, thought the new millenium started with the year 2000, until I was corrected by my father.  If it did start in 2000, then you'd be correct that 2010 is the start of a new decade.  But since the new millenium actually started with the 2001 year, we have one more year to go until the actual "new decade."  If you think about when our current calendar was originally "set up," (I'm not a history buff, so I'm not sure but I think it was the Romans that did this), there was no "zero" year, they actually started counting with the year "1."  So, the very first decade of our current calendar ended after year "10," and on and on... That's how I remember it now, anyway!  But, I guess we can all celebrate beads no matter what decade it is, right?!! Happy beading, and I really enjoy your posts and sense of humor!!

Dan and Jan wrote
on Jan 8, 2010 10:48 AM

Marcia DeCoster is good with what she does, but there are many others who are good at the right angle weave "game"!  To mention one, who I have found to be excellant is......Christine Prussing in Juneau, Alaska!  I am trying to find her book

first published, October 28, 2004, ISBN: 193499500, entitled Beading with Right

Amgle Weave. ( I found it on one site for $21.95.)  I was hoping to find it  in a local bookstore so I could puruse it's contents!  For some reason it is nearly $40.00!

I have to watch my pennies, so if someone has the book and would like to sell it

or knows of a place I can get a good deal....please Call Jan @ (352) 343-1469


Happy Beading!

Jan F.

Sheryl@28 wrote
on Jan 15, 2010 5:22 PM

I bought the "Turquoise Couture" pattern and can't find the seed beads that are needed for this. I have looked at ebay and every bead website that I could think of and I have also done an online search and I still can't find any 15/0 metallic seed beads.

on Aug 2, 2010 9:51 AM

Bracelet use by person to wear nd look good....its generally use in parties..marriages nd all.

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shinemon wrote
on Dec 10, 2011 12:29 AM

Fabulous designs! Well Im thinking if theres any <a href=""> Pandora bead </a>  here. I love to see it.