The Best of Stringing, 2009

In celebration of Stringing magazine’s fifth anniversary, Interweave presents The Best of Stringing in a downloable format, a 148-page supersized issue packed with 183 stylish, easy-to-make designs for the beaded-jewelry enthusiast. Sure to become a collector’s issue, The Best of Stringing is a compilation of more than 160 of the best designs published since Stringing’s introduction in late 2003, plus 21 brand-new, fashion-savvy projects. As you’d expect from any issue of Stringing magazine, this special issue has beautiful photographs of each necklace, bracelet, or pair of earrings, thorough step-by-step instructions, helpful technique information, and inspiring features about design.


30 Necklace Tips and More in The Best of Stringing Magazine
Have you done something really interesting in your jewelry-making lately? Perhaps you found a unique way to attach a pendant or discovered a new trick for incorporating a clasp? I've been in a bit of a creative rut recently, to tell you the truth. You too? 

Now we can be inspired by 183 great ideas in <="" a="">, a just-released special collector's edition filled with favorite Stringing designs. Not only are the magazine's many projects exciting, but so is the feature, Fun with Focals. Together co-author Michelle Mach and I highlight 30 stand-out necklaces-all hand-picked from past issues of Stringing magazine-that demonstrate cool ideas and innovations for designing with focal elements.

Under the Artful Influence
My work has already been influenced by some of these necklaces. For instance, in the photo below you can see how I interpreted Silvija and Taya Koschnick's necklace from The Best of Stringing, by reflecting their way of laying chain on top of beads in my Golden Blush necklace.

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Fun with Focals
Artist Heather Powers was also influenced by our Fun with Focals article. Powers, who has designs featured in The Best of Stringing, is the creative mind (and hands) behind, purveyor of polymer clay beads and finished jewelry, and the interactive blog, In these photos you can see how Powers was inspired by Teri Bienvenue's idea for a horizontal focal piece to create her own distinct design!

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