Designing beadwork

Bead Metamorphosis, Encanto Neckalcey by Lisa Kan, hidden clasp inside beadwork

Bead Metamorphosis and Beading to Disguise, with Lisa Kan

Bead Metamorphosis A hidden gem. A hidden treasure. We love to disguise, hide, and trick the viewer. No, it’s not time for Halloween, yet. I’m in love with hidden or cleverly disguised findings and connections. Lisa Kan’s book, Bead Metamorphosis, is not only filled with beautiful beaded jewelry designs, many are also designed to be convertible.…

Bead embroidered fish cuffs. Creative Bead Embroidery 1 and 2 with Kinga Nichols

Bead Embroidery Comes to Life with Kinga Nichols

Kinga Nichols is creating bead art that is whimsical, unique, fun, colorful, and dynamic. Her jewelry designs are also wearable and make a statement! Her latest videos, Creative Bead Embroidery 1 and 2 break down her processes of bead embroidery on precut beading medium and bead embroidery with shaped beads and fine fabrics. Thank you…

Cathedral earrings, by Jennifer and Susan Schwartzenberger. These earrings are wider at the bottom than the top so ideal for a heart shape face

How to Choose the Right Shape Earrings for Your Face Shape

I was so excited to receive a copy of the new Everyday Earrings: 15 Very Wearable Earring Designs eBook before hitting the road to my parent’s. I wanted to get my earring materials in order before we headed out, and it all came together with perfect timing! But which pair to make? (insert awkward pause)……

Beaded scroll by Nancy Eha

Bead Embroidery, Beaded Fabric, Beaded Quilts, Beading Techniques

Nancy Eha – bead embroidery artist, beaded fabric quilter, beading technique expert, and all around amazing talent. Yes. I’m in awe of all she can do. And all she continues to share with us. Nancy’s next workshop, Japanese Scroll with Beaded Dragonfly and Beaded Sashiko explores bead embroidery like you’ve never seen before. She combines…

Monreale Necklace beadwork design by Maggie Meister

Beadwork Designs, Designing for Fashion Trends or the Classics

Now Showing: Runway and fashion trends for Summer 2016 As predicted, for this summer’s fashion hits, we are seeing lace, satin and loose fitting fabrics. On-trend colors are in fact rose blush and yellow. Here are Swarovski’s Innovations for Spring/Summer 2016 – so spot on! Other key factors are soft metallics and pops of color,…

a collection of quality handmade jewelry

Take Your Jewelry Making to the Next Level

If you’re ready to go from enjoying making jewelry as a hobby and selling a few pieces here and there to establishing yourself as a jewelry business, ask yourself a few questions. How are your jewelry sales? Do you have repeat customers? Are people just waiting for your next handmade jewelry design in the series?…

Whistle Stop Bracelet by Marcia L. Balonis 3 different two-hole bead shapes stitched using netting, brick-stitch edging, and picot

Shaped Beads Inspire New Designs

Whenever we’re talking about two-hole beads, I’m drawn back to the first two-hole bead I met – the good ol’ two-hole tile bead (said like it’s 100 years old when really, that was only about 4 years ago!). Here are two designs featuring two-hole tile beads, from one of the first issues of Beadwork magazine…

Noble Leafwing beaded butterfly, by Karen Parker

Beads, Brick Stitch, Butterflies, and Bees

Karen Parker has taken her love of science to her beads! A scientist and bead artist living in upstate New York, Karen has had a long career as a molecular biologist. An amazing and fulfilling career, but not satisfying on the artistic front, Karen turned to her love of fiber arts for a creative and colorful…