What Beaded Jewelry Making Projects Will Carry You Through the Winter?

No doubt about it, enduring winters where the temperature routinely drops to -27° F for weeks at a time definitely gives me a good excuse to spend time beading in front of the wood stove with my family. Winter is the perfect time for me to go into hibernation mode, and to experiment with some new jewelry making projects from the pages of Beadwork magazine that let me play with color and technique. Want to see my three top picks from the December 2013/January 2014 Beadwork magazine? Check it out!

Maggie Meister's historically inspired Balustrade Bracelet is a clever concoction of easy peyote stitch shapes that are joined with a two-hole seed bead chain. This is one beaded jewelry making project that will help you get comfortable with both shaped peyote stitch as well as using two-hole seed beads. 
I've always admired Lynn Davey's beadwork, and her latest jewelry making project for Beadwork is the beautiful Claire's Flower pendant and necklace. Reminiscent of Renaissance jewelry, this classic beaded pendant and necklace combines two of my favorite beading stitches, right-angle weave and peyote stitch, to make a stunning floral centerpiece. You could even dress it down a little bit by using a piece of black leather cord in place of the beaded chain.
Beaded earrings are always a great way to pass the time beading during the cold winter months, and I love the floral motif of Agnieszka Watts' Dancing Birch earrings. It's no secret that I'm terribly fond of pearls — freshwater, crystal, or glass! — and these little beauties remind me of something I might have found in my grandmother's jewelry box.

Now, I don't want to give away any secrets, but I've also seen a sneak peek at the February/March 2014 Beadwork magazine. What can you expect? Four amazing Designer Of the Year beading projects, a preview from Melinda Barta's newest book, Mastering Herringbone Stitch, a new beading stitch tutorial from Stitch Pro Jean Campbell, and everything else you love about Beadwork magazine! Don't miss out on all the fun, and make sure you subscribe to Beadwork magazine so that you don't miss a single issue.

What are your favorite kinds of jewelry making projects to get you through a long winter? Do you like to learn new skills, or do you prefer to refine what you already know about bead-weaving? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share your thoughts with us!

Bead Happy,


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