The Top 12 Beading Daily Blogs of 2012 - And a Giveaway!

Dec 12, 2012

Today is 12.12.12! We're almost halfway through December, and there are less than three weeks left in 2012. I always get a little nostalgic in December, and I usually take some time to meditate and reflect on all the wonderful things that have happened during the year.

This year is no different, but it's a little more special because of that date -- 12.12.12. So, to celebrate, I've put together the Top 12 Beading Daily blogs from 2012! Read on to see if any of your favorite blogs made it into the list:

January: Find Your Steampunk Style with Jean Campbell

Steampunk always seemed so intimidating to me, but this post from Jean Campbell took all the mystery out of making amazing, easy steampunk jewelry.

February: Your First Seed Bead Stash

Stocking your stash of seed beads can be a huge task if you're just getting started with bead-weaving! Here are some great tips for starting your seed bead stash.

March: Readers Share a Bounty of Brick Stitch Projects

I love brick stitch -- it will always be special to me, as it was the first beading stitch I ever taught myself. I asked for our readers to submit their best brick stitch projects, and the resulting eye candy is just amazing!

April: Start With...A Simple Strip of Peyote Stitch

Ever feel stuck in your beading? You can create some really spectacular beaded jewelry just by whipping up a simple strip of peyote stitch!

May: Readers Share Beautiful Bead Embroidery

Once again, I asked, and our readers delivered. This time, they shared some truly breathtaking bead embroidery pieces with us. Enjoy the beautiful beading!

June: 5 Common Jewelry Findings That You Can Make Yourself

Save time and money when you learn how easy it is to make these five common jewelry findings with your basic wire wrapping skills!

July: Why Necklace Length Matters

Understanding the different lengths of necklaces is important to be able to match them with your favorite necklines.

August: Use Wire to Bezel a Cabochon

This isn't so much a "how-to" blog as a "how-NOT-to-do" blog. Read about my adventures using Viking knit to make a bezel for one of my favorite gemstone cabochons!

September: Getting Started With Flat Peyote Stitch

Peyote stitch was one of the last bead-weaving stitches that I taught myself. However, had I known some of these tips or had some of these tools, it probably would have been a lot easier!

October: Meet a Chain Maille Genius

At Bead Fest Philadelphia in August, I met a lampwork glass artist who takes the ancient art and craft of chain maille to a whole new level! Read about her and see some of her absolutely marvelous creations.

November: Four Beading How-Tos You Need to Know

You might be surprised at some of these four beading how-tos that every beader needs to know!

December: Make This Free Embossed Leather Earring Project

December isn't even half over yet, but so far, this free embossed leather earring project is our most popular December blog!

Did any of your favorites appear in this list? If not, now's your chance to nominate them, and win a little something, too! Simply leave a comment on this blog before midnight, CST on December 16, 2012 with your favorite Beading Daily blog from 2012. You don't have to choose from just this list, either -- take a look through all the blogs that were written by our friends over at Inside Beadwork Magazine and Inside Jewelry Stringing Magazine, as well as the blogs we posted in Beading Instructions and Beading Supplies We Love, too. You can post a link in your comment so everyone else can see it, too!

On Monday, December 17, 2012, check your email, because we'll notify three winners: two lucky people will win a five-pack of assorted back issues of both Beadwork and Jewelry Stringing magazines. One lucky winner will get to choose a prize from four of our favorite digital beading products! (Please note: we can only ship magazines to U.S. addresses only due to customs regulations.)

One lucky winner will get to choose one prize from the following great digital beading products:

You can also find links to all twelve of our Top 12 Blogs of 2012 on Pinterest for your pinning pleasure!

Good luck, and Happy Holidays from all of us at Beading Daily!

Bead Happy,


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kathie49 wrote
on Dec 12, 2012 8:27 AM

I have found All Beads.CZ to be the best place to buy spikes, gumdrops, superduo, when buying wholesale. You have to buy in quanity but you save a lot. This is a Czech company (same company YorkBeads buys from). Try them you just might be surprized at the savings.

Kathie Ward

KLW's Beaded Jewelry

on Dec 12, 2012 9:20 AM

I love all the info this site puts out there for us beginners. I have been collecting parts and pieces....and now have to figure out how to bring it all together into a piece someone would love. I really like the one above about your first seed beed stash....for a beginner this was very helpful. I just seem to be gathering and not producing. Your ebooks are wonderful! Thank you.

chillwthme wrote
on Dec 12, 2012 10:04 AM

I would have to say that I have found all of the article you have printed to be of value to me.  But if i had to choose just one it would be Feburary's blog about seed bead stashes.  I love seed beads and am going to start buying a few tubes at a time in my favorite colors.  Oh and also, I loved the idea of sorting my beads in color pallets.  I am going to rearrange all of my beads to do just that!!!!  Thank you for the information rich articles and keep them coming in 2013!!!!

chillwthme wrote
on Dec 12, 2012 10:06 AM

I love all the articles but my favorite would be February's blog about seed bead stashes.  Im going to do what the article says and start buying tubes in my favorite colors and a few at a time.  What a way to start!!!!  Thanks for all of the articles you post and keep them coming in 2013!!!

alley_m wrote
on Dec 12, 2012 10:21 AM

I love all the blogs having to do with seed bead stitches, but Getting Started with Flat Peyote Stitch has to be my all time favorite. The trick about using Dummy Rows really made it easy!  Absolutely love Beading Daily!

on Dec 12, 2012 8:22 PM

Necklace Lengths has to be one of my favorites.  I am making jewelry for so many different people of all shapes and sizes and I like to have a standard to work from and then personalize it.  This was particularly helpful.


jane-tu wrote
on Dec 12, 2012 11:59 PM

I think the blog that I liked the best has to be June with findings that you can make for yourself. I had no idea that I could make them so easily. Now I will never run out again!

crafty-grams wrote
on Dec 15, 2012 2:59 AM

I have to say that the blog February: Your First Seed Bead Stash was very interesting and in fact, I had no idea the wonderful designs that can be done with seed beads that I had previously used as spacers in my designs as a beginner in beading.  I am so addicted and appreciate all the suggestions and comments that enable me to expand my imagination.  Thanks to all of you!!

Ksukeena wrote
on Dec 15, 2012 5:47 AM

definitely Feb's Your First Seed Bead Stash

linlal wrote
on Dec 15, 2012 6:43 AM

June's tip is very useful both for the skill and for the money you save. It also allows customizing that you couldn't do with store-bought.

I don't understand your comment that you can't send magazines outside the US because of customs reguations. I live in Canada and have never had trouble having magazines or books delivered here from the States and Europe. In addition, since it's a prize, you can write "gift" along with the value on it and the recipient usually doesn't even have to pay duty on the package.

HeatherR@54 wrote
on Dec 15, 2012 7:17 AM

My hands-down favorite has been the "Favorite Entries in the Beadwork Magazine 15th Anniversary Beaded Bead Contest"  (November 19th), I just LOVE beaded beads, and there's some great inspiration on that post (not to mention the eye-candy).

But if I get to pick two - then second would be "When Is a Gemstone Not a Gemstone?" from June.  I really enjoy working with pearls and coral, but hadn't really given much thought to amber in the past.

tuderose wrote
on Dec 15, 2012 7:33 AM

Very much liked the supplies we love post. I spent a great deal of non-beading time (gasp) looking around and thinking about what I would like.


ChironSky wrote
on Dec 15, 2012 7:40 AM

Fire Mountain Gems has a wonderful selection of pretties!

ChironSky wrote
on Dec 15, 2012 7:40 AM

Fire Mountain Gems has a wonderful selection of pretties!

ChironSky wrote
on Dec 15, 2012 7:41 AM

Great site for beginners.  I always get a new idea from your articles.

Carol S4 wrote
on Dec 15, 2012 8:08 AM

I enjoyed reviewing all 12 posts, but I was fascinated by the glass chain maille artist. Regular chain maille can be challenging enough, I can only imagine what it must be like to make it in glass.  

Thanks for a great article.


lmr2020 wrote
on Dec 15, 2012 8:56 AM

Your ebooks are great!  Thanks

Kimatlsu wrote
on Dec 15, 2012 9:36 AM

I would say that May was my favorite! I always love seeing what other beaders are creating and some of these projects were unbelievable! Thanks for all the inspiration!!

pattianda wrote
on Dec 15, 2012 12:12 PM

Although I loved all the posts, for me it was June 's post on making your own findings. I always kinda, sorta knew I could make them,  but had never really tried until I saw the post. The instructions,  the colors in the post and the realization of the cost savings really opened my eyes. I bought the book "Handcrafted Wire Findings" by Denise Peck and Jane Dickerson and have since been making most of my findings myself. Making my own findings made me go from timid header to really creating something truly fulfilling! Thanks for this site!

on Dec 15, 2012 12:19 PM

April''s post and September's post were very helpful for me. I love peyote work and anytime there are ideas and helpful hints I save them for reference.  So many times, while beading, these references help me through a project.  

Using "dummy rows" is one of the most helpful, especially when working with smaller beads like 15s. These "dummy rows" help with any format of peyote.

Beading Daily is such a great source of helpful hints, advice, design ideas, and resources. Thank you.

RPickering wrote
on Dec 15, 2012 2:09 PM

All the blogs are helpful and/or inspiring, but June's 5 Common Jewelry Findings was the most helpful to me. Even when you keep a stash of findings on hand, it always seems to work out that you need a different size, metal type, or style that you just don't have. Being able to make your own is a blessing, plus you can tweek them a little so they are unique to your style or piece.

Musimuse wrote
on Dec 15, 2012 4:17 PM

May and June were particularly interesting to me.  Love the inspiring embroidery work.  Embroidery was my first craft that my Mom taught me at an early age and I am always seeking ways to incorporate it into other media.  Divine!  And ideas to DIY findings is great!

DebraB@8 wrote
on Dec 16, 2012 10:46 AM

My favorites are the posts about bead embroidery.  It is really hard to pick just one, but I'll try.

1 - Bead Embroidered Cabochons: Finishing Techniques for Bead Embroidered Cabochons  03-12-2012 by Jennifer VanBenschoten

Then after that, I have two others in second place,

How to Bezel a Cabochon with Peyote Stitch for Bead Embroidery

03-05-2012 by Jennifer VanBenschoten

5 Secrets for Great Bead Embroidery

10-15-2012 by Jennifer VanBenschoten

Thanks for the opportunity!

Melissa@160 wrote
on Dec 16, 2012 4:54 PM

I like Nov. 9, 2012, "Bead-weaving stitches in action." I love all of the helpful tips, tricks, and how-to's of different bead weaving stitches. They are very helpful to beginners and for those who may be out of practice. Thanks!

GIJillie wrote
on Dec 16, 2012 6:00 PM

I enjoy all the articles and read every word, but my favorite, or maybe most useful so far is most definitely the "Your First Seed Bead Stash".  It really helped me figure it all out when I was just starting!  Thanks so much!