Top Beading Daily Projects from 2009

Beading Daily Readers' Favorite e-Projects from 2009

This is my first post for 2010, so Happy New Year! Before the holidays I buzzed around the forums chatting with you about what projects you like on Beading Daily. It became clear there were leaders of the pack in favorite technique and materials. I’m still fairly new as your editor, so this was a delightful introduction for me, at least to those of you on the forums.

I learned that not every Beading Daily member calls themselves a beader, that we are men as well as women, teen to senior, and that we live all over the world, from the Americas to New Zealand. What we all have in common is our desire to be creative and not only learn to be better ourselves but to help others grow, too. Whether we call ourselves a beader or otherwise, we enjoy being online friends through Beading Daily. Jewelry makers of the world, unite! Better still, jewelry makers–unite the world! That's our Beading Daily call to action for 2010.

Here are the three most popular designs in each of our major jewelry-making categories on Beading Daily: stringing, beadweaving, and wirework.

Mixed media leads the trend in stringing
A common interest in using new materials in stringing designs was and continues to be reflected in which projects you liked best online. You made these the top downloads of all our stringing projects this past year. It’s clear that youthful, mixed-media styles and components continue to be hot. One thing is for sure: however you put your jewelry together, you all love using beads somewhere in your designs!
Chirp Chirp Necklace
Brass Filigree Snowflake
by Jess Italia-Lincoln
Chirp Chirp
by Danielle Fox
October Shore
by Cynthia Thornton
We itch to stitch!
Seed beads and beadweaving hold us in their power and we love being captivated! Peyote and right angle weave  were our favorite beadweaving techniques in e-Books, but individual techniques with high popularity ratings included brick stitch and caddis weave.

Crystal Radiance
by Tina Koyama

Caddis Weave Bracelet
by Anne Fletcher

Two-drop Peyote Beaded Beads
by Dustin Wedekind
Our wire desires
We loved wire spirals, coils, and anything wrapped this year.  I do have to point out that no matter which project you loved best, almost every wire project incorporated beads, especially  artisan-made beads or crystals. Watch for more wire and bead designs to be a strong trend in 2010.

Coiled Gem Drops
by Janice Berkebile

Caramel Swirl
by Cindy Wimmer
Raindrop Earrings
by Jenna Kolyar-Cooper

Look to us for top trends in 2010
All our projects reflect how our magazines, books, videos, and designers are ahead of the curve when it comes to keeping up with the latest materials, styles, and trends. Be sure to browse the Interweave Store regularly so you can keep up, too. And to help Beading Daily bring jewelry-makers closer together, comment below on the trends in materials and hottest jewelry styles showing up in your corner of the world.

Again, Happy New Year!

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