Favorite Beads, Bead-Weaving Patterns and Designs, Shaped Beads and more!

Our Favorites! Seed Beads, Shaped Beads, and Bead Weaving
Shaped beads are everywhere. And there are more and more popping up every day. Okay, that isn’t accurate, of course, but it sure seems like it. And even though I’m an editor for BeadingDaily, and a beader, and was at a bead show just a few weeks ago where I found beads I never heard of, I’ve come across even more new shaped beads since! How fun!

Meet the Round Trio and Candy Beads (from Potomac Beads) and the 2-hole Cabochon. Shaped beads, Favorite Bead Stitches Beadwork issue

Meet the Round Trio and Candy Beads (from Potomac Beads) and the 2-hole Cabochon

To quote and agree with Melinda on why shaped beads are such a wonderful addition to our handmade adventure, “shaped beads have pushed designers to rethink the techniques used for bead weaving — plus the new shapes, colors, and finishes of these beads are just plain gorgeous.”

Every year I look forward to the Favorite Bead Stitches issue. “FBS” 2015 is a special one as it holds 22 bead-weaving patterns made using shaped beads. So even if you’ve been in love with shaped beads for a while, the inspiration from these designs is unparalleled and all in one issue! (The issue is also on sale for a limited time during the 5-Star Sale!)

In this collection, the shaped bead patterns and bead-weaving instructions shared by the talented contributing artists help us understand some intricacies and new ways to create texture and patterns, as well as how to combine stitches using these 2-hole (or more) shaped beads. A few examples:

Learn how to combine bricks with right-angle weave and ladder stitch in Crocetta Bracelet by Carole Ohl.
Crocetta bracelet by Carole Ohl. Shaped beads, Favorite Bead Stitches Beadwork issueCreate intriguing patterns and texture using side-by-side SuperDuos in Passementerie Bangle by Alice Coeho.
Passementerie Bangles by Alice Coeho. Shaped beads, Favorite Bead Stitches Beadwork issue

See how to combine several shapes at once in Nichole Starman’s Breezeway Bangle.
Breezeway Bangle by Nichole Starman. Shaped beads, Favorite Bead Stitches Beadwork issueYafa (means beautiful in Hebrew) Petal Earrings is a bright, fun, and perfect design for summer with the lightweight fringed fan of petal beads that dangle from an ornate, square-stitched bezel.
Yafa Petal Earrings by Penny Dixon. Shaped beads, Favorite Bead Stitches Beadwork issueIf you’re on the side of the fence where you want to keep to our wonderful traditional seed beads, there is still plenty in this issue to make us happy and inspire us.  Use just seed beads to create a fun peyote-stitch spiral in Cindy Kinerson’s Cellini Slide Necklace.
Cellini Slide Necklace by Cindy Kinerson. Shaped beads, Favorite Bead Stitches Beadwork issueCombine seed beads with simple glass rounds and take your peyote-stitch shaping skills to the next level while creating paisley components for Jayashree Paramesh’s Paisley Parade Necklace.
Jayashree Paramesh’s Paisley Parade Necklace. Shaped beads, Favorite Bead Stitches Beadwork issueNew on my list and as if it’s been calling out to me, is the triangle-weave stitch. Sabine LIppert delights with her Chrysanthemum Bracelet design and I can’t wait to get it on my bead board.
Chrysanthemum Bracelet by Sabine Lippert. Shaped beads, Favorite Bead Stitches Beadwork issueNo matter which design delights, inspires, intrigues, or gets beads, needle and thread in motion, enjoy!

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