Favorite Bead Stitches 2014

What criteria must a project meet in order to be considered a favorite? Of course, this question doesn’t have just one answer! What makes one beader fall in love with a project may be the exact thing that makes another beader say, “No thanks.” When choosing this issue’s collection of 37 projects from past Beadwork issues, our editors kept taste differences in mind and picked our best, most-fun-to-bead designs in a variety of styles, a range of difficulty levels, and a large array of techniques—32, to be exact (yes, you read that right, 32!).

Love bead embroidery? If so, try your hand at our gorgeous cover project, Ripple Effect, by bead-embroidery expert Sherry Serafini. Looking for an everyday style? Start with Melinda Barta’s This & That bracelet, a quick project with casual style. Craving crystals? Go for Cynthia Rutledge’s irresistible Cascading Links Bracelet or Carole Ohl’s sparkling Riviera Rivoli. Wanting to play with shaped beads? Try Tila beads in Hatsumi Oshitani’s Sleek in Silver or in Heather Kahn’s Moroccan Tiles bracelet.

With 26 bracelet projects, 3 earring projects, and 8 necklace projects, this issue encompasses a wide range of techniques—all listed in the table of contents’ stitch index so you can find projects that use the techniques you’re most interested in. Or page through and let the vibrant photography and precise instructions draw you into a project. From crystal elegance to casual chic, this 2014 collector’s issue of Beadwork Presents: Favorite Bead Stitches is sure to have something you love!

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