Happy Anniversary and a Giveaway!

May 2, 2012

I can hardly believe it, but yesterday marked one year since I started at Beading Daily! It's been such an amazing year, and I've thoroughly enjoyed all the writing and beading that has gone along with it. Time flies when you're having fun, and I've been having a lot of fun interacting with beaders and artists all over the world.

And because I love my readers, I thought I'd round up the ten most popular blogs I've done on Beading Daily since I started last May. There's some great information here, and great comments from readers, too!

Use Peyote Stitch and Herringbone to Make a Triangle-Shaped Bezel Once I discovered how much fun it was to stitch bezels around triangle-shaped cabochons, I just had to share! Handmade cabochons are so much fun to use in your beading projects, and being able to make a secure peyote stitch bezel for cabochons with an unusual shape can really let you explore more beaded jewelry design possibilities. These triangle shaped bezels work up fast, so have fun!
Tips for Traveling with Your Beads Oh, yes, I try to take my beads with me everywhere I go! Whether you're going to your local beading group's get-together or traveling halfway around the world for a beading class with a master bead artist, it takes a little bit of planning to make sure that you bring everything you need. There are some great tips in this post for traveling with your beads because, really, you CAN take them with you.
How Do You Start Your Bead Crochet Ropes? Bead crochet is one of those things that I really love to do, but just can't seem to find the time to do very often. If you struggle with starting your bead crochet ropes, there are two methods here for you to try. Just like anything else worth learning, there's rarely a one-size-fits-all approach to learning a new beading technique!
The Peyote Stitch Patterns of Carol Dean Sharpe Carol Dean Sharpe's amazing peyote stitch beading patterns continue to be bestsellers in the beading world. For anyone who knows about her beautiful, graphic peyote stitch beading patterns, this is a wonderful interview where Carol shares how she got started designing beading patterns. If you  haven't yet discovered Carol's peyote stitch cuff bracelet patterns, you're in for a wonderful treat!
The Secret for Perfect Peyote Stitch Bezels? Brick Stitch! Brick stitch gets a bad rap, I think. It was the first beadweaving stitch that I taught myself when I first learned how to bead, and I still use it as a go-to beading stitch when I'm designing my own beaded jewelry. Brick stitch works in perfect harmony with peyote stitch to create secure, perfect-fitting bezels for all your favorite cabochons!
What Do You Do With Leftover Beads? Huh? What are leftover beads, again? No, really, whenever you finish a project, chances are that you're left with a little pile of beads that aren't really enough to do anything with. Check out my suggestions, and some suggestions from readers, on what to do with your leftover beads so that they don't go to waste. (As if that would ever happen!)
Four Fun Ideas for Making Beaded Earrings Beaded earrings are a huge favorite with beaders everywhere, for so many reasons. Beaded earrings usually work up pretty fast, they help you master new beading techniques, and beaded earrings make great gifts. Best of all, beaded earrings are perfect for beginners who are just learning how to bead because you can make spectacular looking earrings using very basic beading techniques!
Wrapped Around Your Wrist: 6 Free Beaded Bracelet Patterns from Beading Daily One of the fun things I get to do here at Beading Daily is to put together collections of patterns into free eBooks for beaders to download, and this beaded bracelet eBook was a lot of fun to edit. Beaded bracelets are another fun beading project for beginners who are just learning how to bead for all the same reasons that we love beaded earrings. But the advantage of making and wearing a beaded bracelet is that you can look down at your beautiful beadwork on your wrist all day long!
Readers Share: A Bounty of Brick Stitch Projects Well, this was by far the most popular blog post during my first year here at Beading Daily. Apparently, the readers and beaders of Beading Daily really, really love their brick stitch beading projects. Maybe brick stitch doesn't have such a bad rap, after all...
Start With: A Simple Strip of Peyote Stitch It's amazing how a plain strip of peyote stitch can go from drab to fab with just a few little twists. We all know how versatile peyote stitch is, but even in its simplest form, it can still be a great way to make gorgeous beaded jewelry.

So now that we've had that little walk down memory lane, how about a giveaway? Leave a comment on this blog post telling me which blog you enjoyed the most in the last year on Beading Daily or tell me something you'd like to see me write about in the future. I'll choose two comments at random and the writer of those comments will each win a pack of five (5) assorted back issues of Beadwork magazine and Jewelry Stringing magazine! You have until Monday, May 7, 2012 at midnight EST to leave your comment. Good luck!

Bead Happy,


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mdperey wrote
on May 3, 2012 3:06 PM

I liked the Wrapped Around Your Wrist blog post. I loved the ideas in the ebook! For the future? I'd like to see more edgy or avante-garde things. Designs where you really go "ooh" and "aah".

irisblu54 wrote
on May 3, 2012 3:20 PM

Quattro idee divertenti per Fare orecchini di perline.

leggo ogni giorno il tuo blog e ho ispirazione per le mie creazioni.

Marina da Italy Caserta

Ricki Ayer wrote
on May 3, 2012 3:53 PM

I really liked the Tips for Traveling with Your Beads and What to Do with Leftover Beads - although I enjoy all of the blogs - you have some very interesting insights into so many things - bead and non-bead related.  I truly enjoy the forums and of course seeing all of the beautiful pieces that the talented members post.  


joannlxx wrote
on May 3, 2012 3:54 PM

My favorite one is Making Mistakes.  It's always good to know how to fix a piece so you don't have to do it all over again


Aubryn wrote
on May 3, 2012 3:57 PM

I learned alot about how to photograph my jewelry from the blog.

on May 3, 2012 4:19 PM

My fave was: Find Your Steampunk Style with Jean Campbell

I love the Steampunk aesthetic.

lesajo2 wrote
on May 3, 2012 4:27 PM

i really like the peyote and herringbone bezels for triangle-shaped cabs.  this technique is great to modify for odd shaped stones as well.

on May 3, 2012 4:50 PM

I am going to try the triangle bezel!

Cyndi201 wrote
on May 3, 2012 6:36 PM

Traveling with beads or what to do with leftover beads. It's a tie!

on May 3, 2012 6:50 PM

I would like to see beadweaving designs/patterns for more experienced beadweavers.


Sue Bead wrote
on May 3, 2012 8:07 PM

I loved the traveling one best this past year. At the time I was schleping my daughter back and forth to the train station in downtown Philadelphia from my home in South Jersey. Because it was all hours of the day and sometimes late at night, and you can never predict traffic in and out of the city, I would leave the house with lots of time to wait for her train. I took my beading with me and strangers would always stop and chat about what I was working on at the time. It was great for those weary travelers who were waiting with me and helped me pass the time. I had a cloth purse just big enough for a bead mat, scissors, Fireline spool, needles, and a project in a small plastic tackle type box. It had compartments for each bead and a larger compartment to hold the partially completed project. I adapted the bead mat with a few stitches to have three stand up sides to keep the beads from rolling on the floor and the tackle box inside the purse was the perfect "table" on my lap. Thanks Jennifer for a great year.

NRose wrote
on May 4, 2012 12:51 AM

My favorite recent post was "Five Secrets for Better Bead Embroidered Cabochons" because it confirmed a couple things I already do, and gave me a couple new ideas too. I also enjoyed your Sand Mandala post! Keep writing!

pestkaj wrote
on May 4, 2012 1:10 AM

Happy Anniversary! I am new around here so I am not sure if you covered it recently but I would love to read about where you get your design inspirations.

carmenbee wrote
on May 4, 2012 8:29 AM

I can't really pinpoint any particular blog that stands out as a favourite because each one of them has in some way inspired me to try new things, to improve my jewellery making abilities and to explore new avenues.

I always look forward to every blog because i know that i'm going to discover something new and end the day satisfied that i have learnt something. Thank you for this wonderful journey of discovery. Keep them coming :) x

karlink wrote
on May 4, 2012 12:02 PM

I really like to see various designs in multiple styles.  I don't do the peyote stitch or other seed beed variations.  So I enjoy the basic beading ideas, especially what to do when you make a mistake, or where to find design inspiration (besides your great blog on the web)!

I check out books at the library and through interlibrary loans, so if you don't have lots of money, that is one economical way to see others inspirational ideas.

Nancy Varan wrote
on May 4, 2012 4:16 PM


I  am brand new to beading.  I have found your magazine to be extremely helpful.

The pictures are big and clear,  the directions easily read.  HAPPY ANNIVERSARY,

Hopefully I can celebrate,  next year, as my first year of beading.  I also love the e-mails.

dolce@3 wrote
on May 5, 2012 8:53 AM

Such varied articles and techniques have offered much knowledge!  Even confidence to try projects outside my comfort zone.  Thank you!

yarnlady@6 wrote
on May 5, 2012 9:03 AM

I liked the one about how to start your bead crochet ropes -- very clear directions about the sort of small detail that's often overlooked or glossed over in a set of project instructions.

traci staves wrote
on May 5, 2012 9:53 AM

Tips for traveling with your beads: This blog really hit the spot for me as I do travel with my projects quite a bit when my husband takes me with him on his marketing schedule.  I found a tote with lots of pockets in which all my tools fit at a second hand store, but there is never enough room for all the beads I want to take.  I love the idea of the soft fishing tackle box for the beads.  

Your blogs are wonderful and I always look forward to them.  Here's to another great year.

sheilaokeefe wrote
on May 5, 2012 10:15 AM

I actually just found your blog this week, so I don't have a favorite post yet. This one will be my favorite if I win :^)

For the future, have you covered knitting with beads? I haven't had a chance to really search your archive, but a quick search didn't show anything. Knitting with beads is what has interested me in beading.

on May 5, 2012 10:52 AM

I look forward to 'Beading Daily' every morning!

I don't think I can pick one. There are just too many to choose from. I absolutely loved the recent one with the color schemes of the pictures. The second one with the flower blew my mind! It was so beautiful! (May 1, 2012)

So many issues have inspired me to try something new. Well, except any kind of beadwork (peyote, straight, right, left, sit down, fight, fight, fight!) Yikes, the stuff scares me to death! And anyone who can do it I worship!

I'd have to say number one issue is the photography issue. People on facebook, Beader's Showcase, etc. said they couldn't see my Tiger Eye necklace when I posted it. After reading that article my skills improved! I'm still not as good as I'd like but much better!

Thank you Editors and staff for this part of my daily life!

Renee Meredith-Shapiro

sweepster49 wrote
on May 5, 2012 11:04 AM

I loved Cascade of Shades in the  Wrapped Around Your Wrist.  blog.  Thanks.

Carol S4 wrote
on May 5, 2012 12:03 PM

I liked the article on free form peyote stitch. It encouraged me to bead outside my comfort level.

Thank you for all the information you have shared over the past year.


on May 5, 2012 1:49 PM

There are so many of your blogs that I've enjoyed over the past year. If I have to only pick one, it would be bead crochet as I have not yet mastered this yet. I've been wanting to learn how to make a Renaissance style, but long snood (hair covering) that is beaded and or pearled. There are no patterns out there to teach this project. Hint hint!


Creations By Tera

on May 5, 2012 2:19 PM

Carol Dean Sharpe is one of my fav beaders artists, I love Peyote!!! And her patterns are so brilliant. If it's possible, I wanna see more about Chainmail

PamF wrote
on May 5, 2012 2:56 PM

I truly enjoyed the Triangle Stitch Bezel and the Perfect Peyote Stitch bezels.  These techniques add a whole new dimension to beading around unusual objects.

Tinsel1 wrote
on May 5, 2012 4:36 PM

I look forward to reading your blogs first thing every morning!!  My favorite was Freeform Peyote Stitch.  I love the accompanying photo.  I also really enjoyed bead soup and seed bead stash.  I am new to beading and love anything easy and quick to make.  HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!  AND  . . . THANK YOU!!!!

vat19 wrote
on May 5, 2012 7:17 PM

The blog post about starting peyote stitched bezels with brick stitch was amazing for me!  I hated the guesswork of how big to make the ring of starting beads, using brick stitch is so much easier.  That's the post that's helped me the most over the past year.

on May 5, 2012 9:43 PM

I really enjoyed your latest post about Buddhist Sand Mandalas. There are so many reasons to bead!! I would love to see more technique and troubleshooting posts in the future. Thanks for all you do :)

AnitaJ@5 wrote
on May 6, 2012 8:43 AM

As a more advanced beader I like seeing tips on how to do increases and decreases with specific stitches and how to join two different stitches.  My current interest is in 3-D shapes and sculptural designs so you can see how these tips would come in handy!  I would like to see more about sculptural techniques in the future.  Thank you.

on May 6, 2012 9:18 AM

I enjoyed the triangle shaped bezel post and what to do with left over beads.

myjustjo wrote
on May 6, 2012 9:19 AM

my fave are the earings, because I believe that a woman can never have too many pairs!

Dana @74 wrote
on May 6, 2012 10:06 AM

There are so many to choose from.  I am just thankful to have the Beading Daily Blog. So many helpful tips.  

Dragontrap wrote
on May 6, 2012 10:15 AM

I know you said to pick only one, but come on, every blog posted has something to add to one's bag 'o tricks. And I'd actually love to see a few things for those of us who are not exactly beginners, but still aren't masters of the craft.

on May 7, 2012 5:25 AM

Hi Jennifer.

My favorite blog was "How Safe Are Your Beading Tools...Really?" that focuses on a very important matter of the beading world.

Thanks for the giveaway and keep up the good work.

suzichase wrote
on May 7, 2012 7:54 AM

I like the blog about ways to use peyote stitch - especially the suggestionto use it in place of chains in a vintage necklace and also to create a bail for a pendant.

Donna@317 wrote
on May 7, 2012 11:37 AM

As a newbie at beading, I like the ones aimed at beginners - 'Resources for Newbies' as an example.

esmoore wrote
on May 7, 2012 11:49 AM

I'd like to see an article about torch fired enameling on metal.  This is a new technique I am interested in, and hopefully soon can learn!  An article on what you all think about it would be interesting.  Thanks so much!

finearts1979 wrote
on May 7, 2012 12:31 PM

I ended up reading all of the posts. thank you.

CarolynH@47 wrote
on May 7, 2012 1:39 PM

I love the post about Start With A Simple Strip of Peyote Stitch. However, I adored the Six Free Beaded Bracelets From Beaded Daily. I would love to win this give-away.

khryder wrote
on May 7, 2012 10:14 PM

The Secret for Perfect Peyote Stitch Bezels? Brick Stitch! was my FAVORITE article from this list!  I LOVE working with seed beads...but always end up GLUING my stones into bezels!  I can NEVER get them to hold on their own!  I am going to try this!  Thanks!

pt6356 wrote
on May 8, 2012 9:25 AM

I would love to see more about using wire combined with bead work.

CSmelser wrote
on May 16, 2012 3:45 PM

How-to-find-hundreds-of-interesting-and -affordable-gemstone-cabochons was my favorite !!!


I would like to see more blogs about different patterns you can bead with cabochons and seed beads. All the post is an blessing because I learn so much. Thank you and keep up the good work.