From bubbles to buckles, Hercules to Camelot, this year’s Favorite Bead Stitches abounds with fresh, fun jewelry ideas that run the spectrum from casual to dressy, earthy to glitzy. Broaden your jewelry-making repertoire with this crème-de-la-crème collection of 37 beadweaving projects. Here are a few of my favorites from this packed issue that we had a lot of fun putting together for you:
Feeling playful? Ann Gilbert’s Beaded Bubbles is just the project for you. This eye-catching cuff features rubber O-rings embellished with sparkling seed and cylinder beads. Using the always-fun-to-do brick and peyote stitches, you can whip up this easy project and have it ready to wear to your next summer outing. Its summery lavender and thirst-quenching lime-green colorways will look great on your wrist as you dine alfresco at your favorite bistro.
For a dressier outing, or perhaps to get a head start on your holiday gift-making projects, look no further than the Brilliant Buckle Bracelet by Diane Dennis. This shining bracelet features metallic cylinder beads that result in a sleek, glamorous piece of finery that pairs beautifully with holiday attire or makes a stunning gift for anyone who loves to dress up.
Carole Horn’s Hercules Knot Bracelet manages to be both earthy and glitzy at the same time with its symbol-laden knot and sparkling crystal clasp. The band and the knot of this bracelet are formed with tubular herringbone stitch, aligning the beads in a supple, orderly arrangement delightful to the touch and the eye.
Now we move from the legends of Hercules to the storied times of King Arthur and his Camelot castle and court. The herringbone- and peyote-stitched components of the noble Camelot Cross Bracelet intrigue the eye and capture the imagination—are they diamonds or squares? Either way, they come together to make an attention-getting accessory that makes you feel like royalty whenever you wear it.
You can get your copy of this ultimate collector’s issue of favorite Beadwork projects at newsstands and bookstores now, or go online and order Favorite Bead Stitches 2013 digital or print edition at the Interweave Store.
Is one of your favorite Beadwork projects in this year's edition of Favorite Bead Stitches? Check out the full Favorite Bead Stitches 2013 table of contents. Let us know your favorites, and if they didn't make it into this year's issue, maybe they'll make it into the 2014 issue!
~Linda Harty, associate editor, Beadwork