Merry Christmas from Beading Daily!

I hope everyone who is reading this is having a beautiful Christmas morning! Here in upstate New York, it will be cold, and it might snow, if we're lucky. And if you're lucky, you or someone you love might have been treated to a few new beading tools for learning how to bead and make jewelry!

Need some ideas for how to bead with some of your new holiday gifts? We've got the resources for that! Check out some of my favorite picks for how to bead with your new jewelry tools!

If you got a new set of jewelry making pliers…

I love Easy Jewelry Chain Making with Janice Berkebile because for someone who doesn't do much wire jewelry making, it's fantastic to be able to see an expert demonstrate these basic chain making techniques. What I love even more is that with just a couple of really basic techniques, you'll be making handmade chain that looks like a million bucks! Why buy chain for your beaded necklaces and pendants when you can learn how to make your own?

If you got a new set of CraftOptics telescopes…

Take on a couple of the projects in Jean Campbell's Best Beading Workshops: Floral Designs, and you'll see why beaders everywhere love making these artistic, technically challenging designs. You'll learn how to create four of Jean's most popular floral designs, including one of my favorites, her Star of India Necklace. If you love making incredible seed bead jewelry and learning from one of the beading world's best-known artists, you need this video.

If you got gift cards to your favorite local bead shop…

Stock up on all those cool new shaped beads like Tilas, SuperDuos, Twins, Peanuts, and spikes, and then find out the best way to use those beads in your beading projects with helpful guidance from Melinda Barta in Beading With Shaped Beads. These incredible and innovative bead shapes can add texture and dimension to your beading projects, and Melinda shows us step-by-step how to incorporate these beads into our beading projects using favorite beading stitches like peyote, right-angle weave, and herringbone stitch.

If you got a new Bead On It Board…


One of my favorite new beading books of 2013 is Kelly Angeley's Explorations in Beadweaving: Techniques For An Improvisational Approach. If you love the look of free form beadwork and bead embroidery, but aren't sure where to start, this is the perfect book for you. Cut loose and lose your expectations of what beadwork "should" look like, and you'll find that with Kelly's instructions and projects, you'll discover new ways to express yourself with beadwork.

If you got a new digital camera…

Whether you have a professional DSLR or a more compact point-and-shoot digital camera, learn how to get the most out of your digital images with Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine photographer Jim Lawson in How to Photograph your Jewelry. You'll find out how to correct problems with lighting, positioning of your jewelry for the best shots, and how to use photo editing software to get professional-looking images for your jewelry portfolio.

Have you taken a look lately at all the great resources available for learning how to bead in the Beading Daily Shop? Why not indulge in your passion for beads and beadwork and treat yourself to a little something this holiday season? After all, knowing how to bead is the gift that keeps on giving.

To all our readers, have a joyous and peaceful holiday season!

Bead Happy,


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