Beads, Baubles & Jewels: Bringing Beading Into Your Life

When you discover something new, it’s easy to get excited about one facet but overlook others. Being a “TV kid,” I can attest to falling in love with different characters at different times depending on when I watched the show. As an example: I knew I was going to marry James Rockford of the Rockford Files when I was likely too young to be staying up that late to watch the show in the first place. Then I fell in love with his car when I saw reruns (and realized Jim was just not right for me).

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I notice when I buy a book on beading or jewelry-making techniques, it’s for my love of “this” bead-weaving project or technique. I’ll recognize this as a sort of tunnel vision approach. Without fail, the next time I flip through the book, I realize it contains a stitch I never tried before yet can’t wait to get started on. Then I wonder — how did I miss this the first time around? I then just laugh at my luck for already having the instructions and dive in!

The Same But Different

We all share a love of beading and jewelry making. For as much as we have in common, we likely approach our interests differently. We also have different ways and preferences for accessing information. Some of us will only ever buy a physical book while others prefer to have a digital version. Some of us prefer to have both digital and physical books (raising hand over here) and some of us prefer video.

Beads, Baubles & Jewels has been able to figure out one of the best formulas for reaching its audience though the art of video. Each week you can find a different full episode on their website. Each week you can catch an episode on and your PBS station (check your local listings). Your hands-down top-choice on how you prefer to catch all the beading action on Beads, Baubles & Jewels is through video download or DVD format. You have shared these methods are your favorite as they allow you to pause, stop, rewind, and play again and again. Not to mention playing it from any device.

Bring Beading to Life

In each episode of Beads, Baubles & Jewels (BB&J) you’ll find a new technique, a new twist on an old technique, a new design idea to try, or some piece of knowledge you didn’t know would come in handy. In this season of BB&J, Katie Hacker (the amazingly talented host of the show) covers a new bead material in each episode. From shell to wood to metal, she shares great examples of each material as well as some cool facts.

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Katie on set sharing information on cast metal

Katie also brings a great collage of artists together so you have something exciting to look forward to, from start to finish. I humbly include myself in this mix.

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What You’ll Learn

As a guest, I can assure you, each artist brings you their “A Game” and delivers their segment as if you’re sitting right there with them. And I’m not kidding when I say, the first time you watch the season or even just one episode, you’ll fall in love with one technique. Then, you’ll find another place to pin your heart when you watch the same show again. An example: Kate Richbourg’s color story bracelet is a top project to try and I’m sure you’ll also love her approach to color and design.

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The next time you watch the same episode, you just might find yourself considering lampwork bead making as Aja Vaz makes it look so easy (and oh, my gosh! Her beads!).

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Aja Vaz on set with her tools, beads, and Katie Hacker

Having been included in many seasons of BB&J, I can also share, that no matter which season you watch, there is something new that you didn’t catch the first time around. And this “something” is likely going to lead you down a new path or enhance the path you’re already on. From bead weaving, bead embroidery, bead making, to all levels of jewelry making, this show covers it all. And you can find it in any format that works for you!

Happy beading!
Editor, Beadwork magazine and Group Editorial Director, Bead & Jewelry

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