Bead Weaving and Finding Zen There are many reasons to love beaded ropes. They’re fun to design because they offer lots of room for experimentation. They’re pleasing to stitch because of their repetitive, Zen-inducing thread paths. Their flexibility and soft drape also make them easy-to-wear and versatile in how you wear them. They can be […]

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Bead Fest Santa Fe 2017: A Photo Gallery

Santa Fe is a great location for a bead show (okay, any location is a good location!). A bunch of our lucky staff are at the show, enjoying all there is to see and do! Below is a photo gallery of some of our favorite sights and memories from the show. Check back often as […]

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In the late 1990s, a handful of Russian-language beadwork books hit the United States. Beaders here went wild, deciphering the instructions despite the language barrier, because they were so excited to try techniques they had never seen before. The leaves, fringes, chains, and ropes that graced the pages of these books would forever be known […]

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Studio Notes: Logo Logic Now that you have a logo for your handmade jewelry business, how are you going to use it? Here are some of my suggestions, plus others I found online: A hallmark. Years ago, I created the hallmark stamp in the photo using Microsoft Paint, when I had a different name for […]

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Excerpted from Beadwork August/September 2015, Stitch Pro You may have heard of cubic right-angle weave (CRAW), but what happens when this stitch goes beyond the cube? Applying this technique to the geometry of prisms forms a different type of stitch, called prismatic right-angle weave (PRAW). Use this stitch to create beaded beads, beaded ropes, and […]

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If for your jewelry business you sell your jewelry from a brick-and-mortar store or from your home studio to friends and family, there’s only one kind of sales tax you need to worry about: the one that applies to the location where you live and work. Once you start to sell on the road or […]

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Welcome to Our Garden Party Remember leaves? And flowers? While they may seem like a distant memory now, they’re quietly gearing up for their comeback. In the meantime, we can always create beaded leaves and flowers — just the thing to get you ready for warm weather and outdoor celebrations. I don’t know that I’ve […]

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