New Year's Resolutions: Beading in 2013

Dec 13, 2012

Edgy Kumihimo Bracelet by Sue Charette-Hood
Edgy Kumihimo Bracelet by Sue Charette-Hood
(Beadwork, October/November 2012)


It's almost that time of year again: time to pull out the old tennis shoes and hit the gym, get rid of all the junk food from the past couple of weeks, and vow to cut my caffeine intake down to two cups per day.

But this year, I'm adding a few things to my list. This year I'm taking on a few resolutions that I KNOW I can accomplish, because they're things I actually WANT to do.

Here's my beading resolution list for 2013:


1. Kumihimo. I fell in love with this braiding tradition when I first laid eyes on Sue Charette-Hood's Edgy Kumihimo Bracelet in the October/November 2012 issue of Beadwork. She used long magatamas and seed beads to create a unique architectural piece that I couldn't stop thinking about. Sue used the technique to form an ultra-fashionable, modern piece of jewelry. I would love to try a similar design using spikes!


Simple Star Earrings by Sara Zsadon
Simple Star Earrings by Sara Zsadon
(Beadwork, October/November 2012)

2. CRAW. I'll be the first to admit that my basic right-angle weave technique could use a little work. But I'd like to one-up that and downright perfect it--because I want to start using cubic right-angle weave. Honestly, I'm intimidated by it. But some of my favorite projects I've seen are CRAW, so I feel really motivated to learn it. I want to stitch something sassy and substantial, like the fabulous pieces by Sara Zsadon (Simple Star Earrings, October/November 2012 Beadwork; Rhythm of the Sea Bracelet, December 2012/January 2013 Beadwork). I adore Sara's solid, structural pieces, and I desperately want to replicate her style. This will be my biggest beading challenge of 2013, but if I can do it, I'll feel like a rock star!

Rhythm of the Sea Bracelet by Sara Zsadon
Rhythm of the Sea Bracelet by Sara Zsadon
(Beadwork, December 2012/January 2013)


3. Bead Embroidery. I know things aren't always as easy as they look in a book, but I've spent enough time editing bead embroidery projects to believe that it's a skill I can pick up rather quickly. In fact, I'm starting a bead-embroidered necklace before the new year even begins, as I'll be spending 30 hours in the car to visit my family across the country. I think that's sufficient time to start a new project!


4. Complete my UFOs. Before I started working at Beadwork, I was a person who would start a project, finish it, and move on to the next. Not anymore. I am so overwhelmed by inspiration all over the place, I've become the creator of UFOs--a.k.a. unfinished objects. I come in contact with so many beautiful jewelry patterns, and I want to make them all! But alas, I've become the starter of many things and finisher of none. So, one of my NY resolutions is to not start any more new projects this year until I've finished all my UFOs--with the exception of my bead embroidery project that I'm technically starting while it's still 2012, and maybe a kumihimo ... and a CRAW ... but just so I can complete my first 2 resolutions (wink).

What are your beading resolutions for 2013? Do you have a bead group or friends you plan to learn new techniques with? Tell us about your New Year beading plans in the comments section below!

Happy New Year and Happy Beading!

Bead chic,

Kate Wilson
Project Editor


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Susan@477 wrote
on Dec 13, 2012 2:14 PM

I am so glad I made it on your list. Thanks

Your goal to finish your UFO's is a great one which I will also try to do. I totally understand your "need to follow the latest inspiration" because I too suffer from this malady.

Have a great holiday & all the best to you in 2013.


Lauren Small wrote
on Dec 16, 2012 7:49 AM

I just love your column - I learn so much and am inspired to try new techniques!  one of my greatest challenges is to know what type of stringing material to use .  Would you be able to write about this sometime?  All the best of the season and happy beading!  Lauren

Kate Wilson wrote
on Dec 17, 2012 10:16 AM


Thanks for chiming in. I'm glad you enjoy the blog! I appreciate the suggestion and I'll see what I can do in the future. Happy Holidays! :)


on Dec 19, 2012 4:05 PM

where do I look up the article someone had about the home beading parties, step-by-step instructions?  I just saw it within the last several days, on one of u'r email newsletters to my email address.

on Dec 20, 2012 10:50 AM

Last year my New Years Resolution was to learn bead embroidery - I love it.. it's a fabulous technique.

My resolution for this year are:

to start up a beading group in Salisbury (UK),

to get two of my designs published in beading magazines

to list 10 new tutorials in my Etsy store

Hopefully I'll achieve one of them as successfully as I have done with the bead embroidery in 2012.

on Feb 9, 2013 3:04 AM

I've been admiring Kumihimo Braiding for awhile now but I have to agree with you the Kumihimo Bracelet  done by Charette-Hood's is awesome!  The Kumihimo supplies are now moved to the top of my dream list.  :-D  

Thank you for sharing!


Kate Wilson wrote
on Feb 22, 2013 10:42 AM

Linda, I'm not sure where the step-by-step bead party instructions are on the blog, but I bet it's part of the Beading Daily blog (I blog for Inside Beadwork Magazine and Inside Jewelry Stringing Magazine). If you hover your mouse over the "BLOG" button in the upper left corner of this page and then select "Beading Daily," you can go through Jen's list of blogs and probably find the one you're looking for.

Rebecca, best of luck in your NY resolutions! I've already done one bead embroidery project this year, and I love it! I think I'm hooked!

PeaceEarthling, Melinda Barta brought a kumihimo kit back from a bead show for me. It's from Oak Grove Studio, and it's a pretty nice set. You can visit if you want to check it out!

Jan@404 wrote
on Jan 13, 2014 6:38 PM

So I started Edgy Kumihimo Bracelet. The directions for how to string it do not match the picture. I am so disappointed. So how did things get changed from what was pictured. False advertising. The magatamas spiral around the seed beads. Where is the real way to make the bracelet pictured in the magazine?

Jan@404 wrote
on Jan 13, 2014 6:39 PM

So I started Edgy Kumihimo Bracelet. The directions for how to string it do not match the picture. I am so disappointed. So how did things get changed from what was pictured. False advertising. The magatamas spiral around the seed beads. Where is the real way to make the bracelet pictured in the magazine?

Jan@404 wrote
on Jan 14, 2014 9:54 AM

So I worked on Edgy Kumihimo bracelet. took it apart three times and referred to Jacqui Carey's book on Japanese braiding for pattern structure. Your pattern should be 5 strands of seed beads and 3 strands of the magatamas ( on in the right top position and the other 2 in the right position). Where do you post you corrections for mistakes in your magazines? I bought this magazine specifically for this pattern.