Beading on TV: The New 2700 Series of Beads, Baubles & Jewels
The new 2700 series of Beads, Baubles & Jewels is coming soon to a public television station near you! “A Sense of Place” is this season’s theme, with guest experts presenting beading stitches, loomwork, wire wrapping, metalsmithing, and more in 13 episodes. You can expect to see some of your favorite designers: Tammy Honaman, Brenda Schweder, Kate Richbourg, Sara Oehler, Nealay Patel, Kim O’Neill, Candie Cooper, Leslie Rogalski, Jill Wiseman, Julie Sanford, Lindsay Burke, Tracy Gonzales, and branding expert Robin Kramer.
ABOVE: Author Kate Richbourg and Katie Hacker’s on-set reunion.
Beads, Baubles & Jewels Beginnings
Beads, Baubles & Jewels began in 2004 when producer Kathie Stull, owner of KS Productions, Inc., recognized the growing beading trend. Stull is an award-winning producer who makes seven other how-to programs for public television on topics ranging from mixed-media art to sewing, knitting, and quilting. The combined programs have 95,000 subscribers online and over 9 million views.
Stull says, “I love producing this show because beading and jewelry is an ever-changing art form, so no two series are alike, and we always have new guests and techniques.” The show is filmed outside of Cleveland, Ohio, by a handpicked crew that specializes in how-to programming for television. Stull outfitted her own studio a few years ago based on her years of experience filming in other studios.
Director Mike Murphy calls the shots to get the best angles, while multiple cameras capture each step-by-step project. He says, “Beads, Baubles & Jewels is a great show to work on, both from the TV side and the bead side. There are tips for the newest beader to the seasoned vet.”
I’ve been hosting the program since 2010 and presented a beading tip on every episode before that. With the last take of our new series, we’ve filmed over 350 episodes! Being on the show was my first experience in front of the camera, and I can still relate when guests feel nervous. I try to make them feel comfortable and love helping them present the best version of their projects.
Author Nealay Patel has been on two series showing how to weave beads and beading wire with SilverSilk. About the new series, he says, “I was much more prepared this time and felt more comfortable knowing how things work behind the scenes. Prepping my projects and showing how to create them was easier this time around. I hope our creative community is inspired and excited about the projects I presented!”
Beading and Jewelry-Making Techniques for Everyone
While many guests specialize in a specific technique or style, others branch out into new territory. Author Kate Richbourg has appeared on the program many times with metal and wirework but has recently gone back to her roots with beadwork. She says, “Being a guest on Beads, Baubles & Jewels is like coming home. Not only am I surrounded by longtime industry friends when I am filming at the studio, it’s awesome to hear from dedicated viewers how much they enjoy watching the show. . . . It’s just like teaching someone right in their living or craft room! And finally, nothing is better than connecting with my bead sister, Katie Hacker! We always have fun times on and off camera.”
You’ve probably seen pictures online of guests in the green room. The current space isn’t really green–that term is an industry convention–but it’s a large space with long tables and trays that everyone uses to organize their presentations. A lot of guests say that their time in the green room was one of their favorite parts of the shoot. It’s a rare opportunity for industry pros to spend time together catching up and sharing some laughs. Author Melissa Grakowsky-Shippee says, “Being on the show was an exciting bucket-list experience I’ll never forget!”
Where to Watch Beads, Baubles & Jewels
You can find episodes of Beads, Baubles & Jewels on public television stations nationwide; CREATE, which is a digital public channel with how-to programming; online at BeadsBaublesandJewels.com; digital downloads in the Interweave Store; and clips on YouTube. Follow the show on Facebook and Instagram for updates and behind-the-scenes photos. Read Let the Inspiration Stream In: Past Episodes for more information on the show and other seasons.
Katie Hacker is the Interim Managing Editor of Beadwork and the host of Beads, Baubles & Jewels on PBS. She loves the beading community and is happy to help bring ideas and inspiration to you.