Favorite Bead Stitches

It’s that time of year again—Favorite Bead Stitches 2015 is just about to hit the shelves! It’s kind of a special magazine for me, since Favorite Bead Stitches 2013 was the first issue of Beadwork I ever looked through.

I still remember how intimidating I found all of the projects in Favorite Bead Stitches 2013. I wasn’t interested in beadweaving until I saw the magazine, and I thought I’d never be able to complete any of the projects I saw in the pages. But I kept going back to the magazine, looking through all of the projects and thinking about how much fun it would be to make one of them.

I loved everything in the magazine, but one project really caught my eye. I had to make it! It was just so interesting to look at and was made from such cool beads. It also didn’t look nearly as intimidating as some of the other projects, such as Kelly Wiese’s Treasured Heirloom Necklace or Laina Goodman’s Ruffled Chain Bracelet. The project I wanted to make was Dragon Bangle by Nancy Jones.

Kelly Wiese's Treasured Heirloom Necklace

Laina Goodman's Ruffle Chain Bracelet

Nancy Jones's Dragon Bangle

I needed some help getting started, but luckily, a friend who’s a beader (she’d even made a Dragon Bangle before!) helped me out. She told me to buy some beading needles and some FireLine, because I had no idea what kind of thread would work best for this project. I scoured a few bead websites and found the beads I wanted to use. I was drawn to matte beads straight away, and I decided that black was a good choice because it goes with pretty much everything. I chose matte metallic midnight long magatamas and matte black size 8⁰ beads and got to work.

I was surprised at how quickly this bangle worked up, and I was stunned that I didn’t really mess anything up as I was making it! I got a little nervous near the end when it looked like I might run out of beads before the end of the bangle, but I had just enough to finish! This is the end result. I love this bangle, and I have even made another to give as a gift.

We have more incredible designs in the 2015 issue of Favorite Bead Stitches, so get your copy today and join me in making some stunning jewelry!

Anna Harvilla, Assistant Editor, Beadwork and Jewelry Stringing

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