Bead Buzz: The Art of Czech Glass Beads

What do you have in common with the Zulus of Southern Africa, a South America Carnival reveler, and a Ukrainian religious idol? You may all be wearing the same beads–beads made by about 900 people in a small mountain village in the Liberec Region of the Czech Republic, also known as Bohemia. The town of […]

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4 Clever Designs Inspired by Beadwork Projects

It’s no secret that our readers don’t always make projects exactly as they’re published in Beadwork magazine. Readers often put their own touches on a project, whether that means substituting beads, creating a different variation, or going completely rogue and just using a piece as a basis for their own inspiration. We recently had four […]

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Maggie Thompson is a skilled kumihimo artist. She uses a variety of beads in her kumi designs, including traditional seed beads, sparkly crystals, unique lampwork beads, and organic stone chips. Maggie is lucky enough to have a large dedicated beading space in her home. In addition, she has the good fortune of working at a […]

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Business Saturday: on branding and packaging. An interview with Kristina Hahn Eleniak, jewelry artist and founder of Peacock & Lime Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry. Q: Tell us about the process you went through to develop your brand. A: Developing my brand is definitely a work in progress. It started with a focus around the peacock image–designed […]

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When I have the opportunity to catch up with beaders and jewelry makers in person and we start chatting about books, I’m often asked questions. How do you take all the photos demonstrating how projects are made? Do authors take the photos themselves?  Is the finished project we see of a beauty photo the same […]

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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. Please check back 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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