The Gift of Beading: Quick & Easy Projects

Quick and easy beading projects are always welcome in my studio, but they become essential as the calendar turns another page, and we inch closer to the holidays. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for elaborate designs and show-stopping jewelry for a special occasion. But when making jewelry for gifts, there is nothing like being able to make a lot of designs quickly.

This special collection of quick and easy beading jewelry designs will inspire you and will lead you to creating gifts that will delight your friends, neighbors, colleagues, and family. From peyote stitch to chenille stich and from shaped beads to our favorite seed beads, this Quick + Easy issue crams it in.

Kelly Wiese’s Duet Bracelet

Kelly Wiese’s Duet Bracelet

There are designs that are over the top yet still easy to make, such as Kelly Wiese’s Duet Bracelet (page 9). There are designs that are clean and simple yet delightful to wear and gift, such as Chenille Shimmer Bracelet by Diána Balogh (page 21).

Chenille Shimmer Bracelet by Diána Balogh

Chenille Shimmer Bracelet by Diána Balogh

If you’re new to seed beads, be sure to read 10 Seed Bead Tips, Facts, And More before diving in. If you’re new to shaped beads, fear not! The projects made using shaped and multi-hole beads will expertly instruct you as you learn the nuances of these beauties. Daydream Earrings (page 4) by Debora Hodoyer includes pellet, Honeycomb, and Minos and Arcos par Puca beads. The latter are not only pretty and versatile, they’re also fun to say!

Daydream Earrings by Debora Hodoyer

Daydream Earrings by Debora Hodoyer

Once you get the hang of weaving with two-hole beads, you’ll be off and running, and before too long, you’ll have many earrings to gift!

If color is your thing, you’ll find beautiful designs chock-full of inspiring color combinations. Try your hand at the original list of beads used in each pattern, then have fun playing with your own color mixes. Take things to the next level and try adding in different beads, too. Just remember to replace the original bead with similarly sized beads so the pattern stays predictable.

Most of all—enjoy weaving the designs from cover to cover and then delight in the joy you bring as you offer one or more of the jewelry pieces as gifts. Beading may be something you do to relieve the tension of the day or to fill some quiet time, but when you share your creations, the world opens itself to you.

Wishing you all the beading best,

Tammy Honaman
Beadwork Editor-in-Chief, Group Editorial Director for Beading & Jewelry