Southwestern Colors and Beaded Beads Are Hot!

While we have no (known!) relation, Shanna Steele and I share the same last name. I’m so in love with her Moroccan Moonlight necklace that I think Shanna and I also share the same taste for design and color! Beaded beads and Southwestern themes are hot this season, and Shanna is right on trend with the bold colors in this necklace. I love the mixed metals in copper, antique brass, and gold with the bright blue turquoise. Turquoise and silver is a classic combination, which is lovely — but sometimes predictable. Mixing warmer-toned metallics with the turquoise is unexpected, earthy, and gives the piece an ethnic vibe that I am drawn to.

Beaded Beads

Shanna Steele’s Moroccan Moonlight Necklace features beaded beads and bold colors

This gorgeous necklace is available in a kit!

Lucky you! Buying a kit is the easiest, most convenient way to get a project started, because there’s no risk. You already know what the end result is going to look like, and you can just get started beading!

Beaded Beads

Southwestern colors are hot this season, and this kit doesn’t disappoint

Have you tried making beaded beads yet?

The Southwestern colors in this kit are attractive, but the beaded beads are really what drew my eye. I love making beaded beads; they are the ultimate in instant gratification. Beaded beads work up fast and don’t use a lot of materials. Making these tiny treasures is a great way to experiment with different colors and types of beads.

Beaded beads are one of my favorite projects; they are portable, approachable, and beginner-friendly. Check out this helpful guide to learn all about beaded beads.

Making beaded beads is a stress-free way to do some bead weaving. If you can only snatch a few minutes from your schedule to get creative, you can finish a beaded bead! Depending on the complexity, a beaded bead can be made in 5-30 minutes. I like to sit down at my desk and put on the news, a podcast, audiobook, or YouTube video to listen to while I bead. That way, I feel like I am getting more done and my brain is entertained.

Kits make getting creative a little easier.
It’s common to get stuck when you’re trying to start a project because you can’t decide what colors or types of beads to use. Many beaders are intimidated by choosing colors for a new project. Don’t be discouraged! Buying kits is a great way to get creative without the dreaded choice paralysis. Once you “get the bead rolling,” you’ll find that making color and bead choices will come more naturally.

Choosing colors can be frustrating, but it can also be rewarding!

Once you’ve got a few projects under your belt, you should find that choosing colors gets a little easier every time. I love the feeling at the end of a project after searching for the right materials in the right colors, putting it all together, and being happy with the result. “I made a pretty!” is a common exclamation from my desk.

If you’re feeling up to the challenge of picking your own colors for making beaded beads, here are a few tips:

  • Choose only 2-3 colors.
  • Make one color your focal color, and complement it with 1 or 2 accent colors.
  • Choose bold, opaque colors.
  • Try mixing plain opaque colors with an accent bead in a metallic finish.
  • Don’t forget black! Black counts as a color!
  • Add a bead cap to the top and bottom of your beaded bead if it feels “naked.”
  • Branch out into 2-hole beads with the projects in this DVD.

Failure isn’t always a bad thing!

One of my favorite things about making beaded beads is if you don’t like the colors you’ve chosen, you can just set the beaded bead aside and start another! Then, later on, you can use these beaded beads in a new design or a pair of earrings, or you can save up several and create a fun beaded beads necklace.

Of course, Shanna Steele has already done all the hard work of selecting colors for you, so you won’t have to worry about having beaded beads you’re unhappy with. Follow her expert instructions and soon you’ll have your own beautiful Moroccan Moonlight Necklace. Pick up your kit today to make this gorgeous, on-trend necklace — and hopefully you’ll fall in love with making beaded beads, too!

Happy Beading!
Meredith Steele
Technical Editor, Beadwork magazine

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