We’re ringing in the New Year with intriguing projects you’ll want to try. In Beadwork December/January 2021, Kim Leahy resolves to do more bead embroidery — if you do, too, then we recommend starting with her Rain Goddess necklace on the cover (and page 49). Kim was our Bead Artist in Beadwork August/September 2020. Kim isn’t alone in her wish to spend more time exploring bead embroidery. We’re seeing a lot of bead embroidery in our future!
ABOVE: Galactic Pearls necklace by Sue Neel
Turn to Bead Buzz (page 80) for more inspiring resolutions from the designers who contributed to this issue. Edgar Lopez shares, “For this new year, I want to combine more of the techniques that I really like in jewelry and beading, like goldsmithing, (surprise!) embroidery, and resin. I want to dedicate more time to my work as a teacher, not only teaching techniques to make jewelry and accessories, but also teaching about design and color, and writing about it. This year, I also want to finish my biggest project as an artist, which is the beaded dress that I have been making for a long time. Each beaded piece is made by hand.”
Be sure to check out the winning and honorable mention entries in the 2020 Interweave Jewelry, Bead & Gem Arts Awards. We’re thrilled that our contributors Edgar Lopez and Sue Neel are recognized for their amazing talents. If stretching your creativity is on your to-do list for 2021, entering this contest is a great way to give yourself the nudge. The entry information will be available soon at Interweave.com.
Crystals and pearls are our focus for this celebratory issue, along with special designs to make your New Year shine. Our Cool Stuff product review includes holiday-themed felt focals and bead collections from Lima Beads, colorful lampwork VOTE pendants made by Stephanie Sersich, and eight more favorite hot products.
From Leslie Pope’s innovative Crossing Bridges bracelet (page 42) to Leslie Rogalski’s meditative Bridge to Serenity collar (page 26), you’ll find intriguing stitches and patterns to make in this issue. New contributor Nóra Tóth’s Arabian Nights bracelet (page 37) has a tassel pendant variation so you can start small or make a set.
There are seven Fast & Fabulous layered necklaces in this issue that will help you make a stylish statement or a beautiful gift. We’re excited to see Carter Seibels’s ideas back in our pages with Layered in Luck (page 64). It’s a fun, colorful design that’s sure to bring you good fortune. You can also try your hand at resin with Shabby Chic Layers (page 60) by Deb Floros or Layer Leather Leaves (page 62) by Terry Ricioli. Or, mix beads, chain, and stones to create your own lovely layers.
And, remember: We welcome your original, unpublished beaded jewelry ideas for consideration for the magazine. Please send pictures for review to bwsubmissions (at) goldenpeakmedia (dot) com. And, from all of us who work to bring Beadwork to you, we wish you a happy, creative holiday season and an inspiring New Year.
Katie Hacker, Editor of Beadwork and host of Jewelry Artist podcast