Bead Your Own Storybook Jewelry Designs

Bead Your Own Storybook Jewelry Designs
Who doesn’t love a good fairy tale? A poor young maiden is mistreated by her stepmother until she attends the royal ball and wins the prince’s heart. An evil fairy casts a spell on a princess, causing her to sleep until kissed by her true love. An enterprising young boy outsmarts a sorcerer and wins the hand of a princess.

My two daughters and I have certainly watched our share of Disney princess movies over the years. I actually have a video of my older daughter singing “Someday My Prince Will Come,” from Snow White, when she was about four years old. (She’s 17 now!) And my younger daughter had the honor of playing her very favorite princess, Belle, in her school’s rendition of Beauty and the Beast a couple of years ago.

Of course we own all the princess movies, including the live-action Cinderella (2015). And we’re really looking forward to seeing Emma Watson’s Beauty and the Beast when it comes out in March 2017. So naturally, I’m drawn to Beadwork’s latest collection of projects, the Storybook Beading Collection. This gorgeous collection of designs lets you create your own fairy tale or become your own storybook heroine.

Alice in Wonderland Jewelry Designs

Marla Salezze’s Into the Looking Glass necklace and Julie Walker’s Cheshire Smile bracelet evoke images from Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, as Alice meets such fantastical creatures as the March Hare and the Cheshire Cat in the first story and climbs through a mirror in the second story to continue her amazing journey.

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Marla Salezze’s Into the Looking Glass necklace

Jewelry Designs for Disney Princesses

Like Sleeping Beauty’s untamed, overgrown garden, Tina Koyama’s right-angle weave bracelet features a wild mix of flowers and leaves. You can almost imagine the entire kingdom sound asleep while the foliage takes over.

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Sleeping Beauty Trellis by Tina Koyama



Carmella Patzlaff’s Mermaid’s Tale Bracelet is reminiscent of The Little Mermaid’s Ariel. The bracelet’s blue-green peanut beads, aqua seed beads, and iridescent blue crystal rondelles bring to mind the quick flicking of a mermaid’s scales just under the surface of the water.
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Mermaid’s Tale Bracelet by Carmella Patzlaff



Sandi Wiseheart’s Cinderella 2007 necklace is a modern take on the plain black choker that Cinderella wore to the Prince’s ball. The pink organza ribbon resembles the trim on Cinderella’s original dress (the one her stepsisters tore to shreds), and the Swarovski crystal squares are an obvious nod to Cinderella’s famous glass slippers.

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Cinderella 2007 necklace by Sandi Wiseheart


The Secret Garden

Penny Dixon’s Secret Garden Bracelet, with its thick layers of two-hole lentils, pressed-glass rounds, and mini-daggers, certainly bears a resemblance to the overgrown wall surrounding Mary Lennox’s “secret garden.” Bead one for yourself to discover the healing power of nature.

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Secret Garden Bracelet by Penny Dixon


The Wizard of Oz

Smadar Grossman’s Emerald City Necklace showcases emerald green crystal rivolis and gold-toned seed beads that conjure up images of Dorothy on the yellow brick road to the magical Emerald City of Oz. Even though there’s no place like home, somewhere over the rainbow is a wondrous world where you can learn that you already have all the power you need.

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Emerald City Necklace by Smadar Grossman


No matter who your storybook heroine is, the Storybook Beading Collection gives you plenty of jewelry designs to bead. Stitch a pattern that honors one of your favorite characters, or make one of the more generally themed projects, such as Venetia Perry’s Enchanted Necklace or Lanai Kinsky’s Hopeless Romantic bracelet and earring set, to write your very own story.

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Enchanted Necklace, Venetia Perry Hopeless Romantic, Lanai Kinsky
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Lavon Peters
Beading Daily
Managing Editor, Beadwork