Learning Beadwork

I’ve always been intrigued by the different ways in which people learn. I’m a very visual and physical learner while others can teach themselves simply by reading from a book. For example, I’ve bought dozens of knitting books in the hopes of learning to make socks, but I know I’ll never figure it out until someone can sit next to me and walk me through it. This got me thinking about how Beadwork readers follow our project instructions. Do you follow just the illustrations or rely heavily on our written instructions; or vice versa?

I’ve recently taken on secondary technical edits after Beadwork‘s fabulous Associate Editor, Barb Switzer, completes the first edit. This means, I get to follow Barb’s initial instructions and illustrations to make sure they’re both in tip-top shape for publication. I love this part of the job, and I’m always amazed when our illustrator, Bonnie Brooks, can transform our horrifying initial sketches (I mean really, I give you full permission to laugh at how I draw a peanut bead!!) from this to this:

If you’re intrigued by the above design, it is featured in Quick+Easy Beadwork 2016!

My favorite project to edit in the August/September 2015 issue of Beadwork was Ora Shai’s Ruby Lantern Earrings because I enjoyed the challenge of figuring out such an unusual technique! These classic earrings are made by first building a rectangle of right-angle-weave squares and then uniquely folding and securing the beadwork for a design that looks like Japanese lanterns. I also find these earrings refreshing for their use of such traditional materials. And at just a two-bead level, they’re very simple to make! Whether you like to follow our illustrations or simply the instructions, this is a project you’ll enjoy both making and wearing.

For more don’t-miss projects, get your copy of the August/September 2015 issue of Beadwork magazine.

~Megan Lenhausen
Assistant Editor
Beadwork and Jewelry Stringing

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