Beadwork December 2017/January 2018 features 24 gorgeous designs. Stitch a dazzling cubic right-angle weave necklace or a fun bracelet with crescents and cushion rounds, each available as a kit (see below). Create a fabulous piece of jewelry to wear to your holiday gatherings — or just to wear while you shop for holiday gifts!
Constellation Pendant by Cathy Andrews
Weave a three-dimensional star pendant using circular peyote and herringbone stitches. Embellish curls in the beadwork with pearls and crystals to create a piece bursting with depth, texture, and sparkle.
Melon Vine Bracelet by Eileen A. Barker
Use size 8° seed beads to square-stitch a simple base, then embellish with melon beads to create this delightfully dimensional bracelet.
Thistle Blossom Bracelet by Kassie Shaw
Use a variation of right-angle weave and tubular peyote stitch to add seed beads and crescents around cushion beads for components that resemble thistle flowers. Get the Thistle Blossom Bracelet kit!
Diamonds in the Groove by Kathy Cook
Use a two-needle right-angle weave variation and colorful, textured two-hole beads to quickly stitch a bracelet in your favorite colors.
Deco Diamond Bracelet by Penny Dixon
Use two-hole bars and three-hole beams to create a strong symmetrical silhouette. A dome of English-cut rounds finishes the clean, streamlined look of this bracelet.
Arabesque Earrings by Debora Hodoyer
Use a variation of right-angle weave and circular peyote stitch to form these Pacific Rim–inspired earrings.
Switchback Bracelet by Debora Hodoyer
Use AVA beads and Khéops par Puca beads to form this quick and easy-to-make bracelet.
Striped Mosaic Pendant by Cindy Kinerson
Build a structural pendant by layering color-blocked rows of cubic right-angle weave. Embellish the piece using peyote stitch and finish with a bezeled cabochon dangle. Note: This advanced-level project requires CRAW skills.
Tango Twist Necklace by Cecil Rodriguez
Stitch a unique spiral rope with Tango beads to form a delightful two-tone, textural necklace. The technique works up quickly, and the repetition of the same sequence of beads makes it simple enough for beginners.
Daybreak Necklace by Caren Smith
This Victorian-aesthetic necklace is constructed by connecting bezeled rivolis with strands of crystals and pearls and finishing with beaded straps and a glass drop at the center.
Ribbon Lariat by Glenda Paunonen
This modern lariat is made from two strips of ladder stitch connected at the center with pearls. Picots create a ribbed edging, while fringes with crystals and pewter charms add movement to the ends.
Silver Twilight Necklace by Melissa Grakowsky Shippee
Challenge your beading skills by encasing a gorgeous oval crystal fancy stone in a coiled cubic right-angle-weave frame with embellished peyote-stitch edges. Then suspend the focal from straps of cubic right-angle weave finished with crystal pearls and a sparkly clasp. Get the Silver Twilight Necklace kit!
Gardens of Eden Bracelet by Agnieszka Watts
Connect two variations of a similar beaded component made with netting for a bracelet that captures
the splendor of a lush garden landscape.
Fast & Fabulous: Holiday Sparkle Inspiration
From sparkly to sophisticated, these seven designs will pair perfectly with any holiday party attire.
Midnight Sparkle by Ashley Lauwereins
The color combination of the faceted-glass components paired with a glimmering chain tassel give this sparkly necklace a throwback feel of flapper-era glamour.
Frosted Windowpanes by Rejetta Sellers
Vintage chandelier crystals add sparkle to an eclectic mix of brass and fiber components in this wintry shabby-chic necklace.
Sapphire Pennant Necklace by Sara Oehler
No prior stitching experience is necessary to complete this fun pennant focal. Simply string a bead to the center of the beading wire and then use the tails to add beads in a crisscross fashion.
Mixed Mandala by Rita Pannulla
Try your hand at metal stamping by creating a mandala pattern on petal-shaped blanks, then suspend them from delicate chain and a shimmering strap.
Ringing in the New Year by Becky Nunn
This sensational earring and necklace set may appear labor-intensive at first, but you can easily get the look by using epoxy clay inlaid with a combination of rhinestone and bead chain.
Mermaid’s Cove by Anne Potter
This necklace design owes its shine factor to an array of pearls, crystals, and glass beads in a muted color palette.
Glam Again by Anne Perry
This designer breathed new life into a 1950s necklace that she inherited from her dear family friend, Rosemary, who loved butterflies and sparkly things. The string of clear crystal rounds had long since broken and was reinvented as the eye-catching focal of this fetching beaded necklace.
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