Beading

Our Bead Fest Wish List: Classes We Want to Take, Supplies We Want to Buy!

Bead Fest feels like a big party to me. So many people come together to celebrate jewelry making and beading. Talented instructors set up shop to share…

Contemporary Geometric Beadwork Kate McKinnon

Contemporary Geometric Beadwork: An Update

We first introduced our readers to the Contemporary Geometric Beadwork (CGB) movement in our December 2018/January 2019 Bead Buzz in Beadwork magazine. The movement has been growing,…

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Beadwork, August/September 2019 Digital

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10 Quick & Easy Bead Weaving Patterns
10 Quick & Easy Bead Weaving Patterns

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Bead Embroidery: Successful Edgings and Fringe Online Workshop

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12 Designer of the Year Bead Weaving Patterns eBook

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Cubic Right-Angle Weave: Fundamentals Online Workshop with Marcia DeCoster

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Crystal Beaded Bezels Online Workshop
Crystal Beaded Bezels Online Workshop w. Kelly Wiese

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BEADING TRENDS

Beading with the Masters: Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo is a Mexican painter who has been described as a surrealist or a magical realist. Her work has been very important socially and politically to…

Mindfulness and Healing with Gemstones and Other Natural Materials

Mindfulness is the practice of being present and in the moment. Taking a beat to catch your breath, then taking a deep breath while listening to the…

Vintage Modern: How Jewelry Chain is Made

Any jewelry designer worth his or her salt has a favorite source for jewelry chain. There’s something special about chain that suits your design perfectly, drapes well,…

Our Bead Fest Wish List: Classes We Want to Take, Supplies We Want to Buy!

Bead Fest feels like a big party to me. So many people come together to celebrate jewelry making and beading. Talented instructors set up shop to share…

Final Touches: Add Beaded Fringe and Edges with Sherry Serafini

Those final, carefully considered details of a project can make a world of difference, taking it from “something’s missing” to a rewarding sense of wholeness. It doesn’t…

Geometric Designs: Make 7 Fast & Fabulous Necklaces

Geometric shapes are the building blocks of design in the natural world, so it makes sense to look to them for beaded jewelry inspiration. The Fast &…

What Was Hot at the Bead & Button Show and Getting Ready for Bead Fest!

There is no shortage of hugs and love when you join up with friends, no matter the occasion. When you head to a bead and jewelry-making event,…

Design Choices Lead to Process in Beadwork August/September 2019

When asked how I approach a design, my questions in reply are, “Which medium? Which season? For myself, for teaching, or to gift or sell?” This line…

Beadwise: Watch and Learn How to Play with Beaded Picot

What’s a great way to add texture and color to your beadwork, hide visible edge threads, and personalize your designs? You guessed it: beaded picot! There are…

Understanding the 7 Factors of Cultured Pearl Grading

On the surface, a cultured pearl grading system wouldn’t seem difficult to create, as there are seven common factors everyone agrees are vital in establishing pearl quality:…

Beading With the Masters: Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin was a French post-Impressionist painter who, like many of his contemporaries, was unappreciated until after his death. He influenced painters like Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso,…

Beaded Bangles for Days

Beaded bangles are among my favorite beaded jewelry accessories–they’re stylish on their own or worn in stacks. Now that it’s time to break out short sleeves, sundresses,…

Watch and Learn: How to Make Textured Polymer Clay Beads

You can do almost anything with polymer clay. You can impress patterns into it, mold it, sculpt it, blend it, embed mixed media, paint it, embellish it…

Meet the Faces Behind Our Beading Online Workshops

When we take a beading workshop, whether online or in person, we’re participating in something that ties us to others through a common passion. The experience opens…

Enameling and Jewelry Making with Sara Lukkonen at Bead Fest

If you think C-Koop is a cute nickname for former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, then it’s likely been awhile since you’ve visited a bead show or…

Can’t Decide Which Bead Fest Classes To Take? Our Quiz Can Help!

With so many enticing workshops to choose from, the most stressful part of Bead Fest 2019 may well be deciding what classes you’ll take. If you need…

Beadwork and Bead Fest Artist Shanna Steele Invites Us Into Her Beading Room

Shanna Steele had four projects published in Beadwork magazine in 2017. Her edgy Heavy Metal Bracelet, made with 4mm metal rounds, was in the December 2016/January 2017…

Added Value: Using Gemstone Beads

Gemstones are an easy, ideal way to add color, value, and even a bit of sparkle to your designs. I can’t think of many gemstones that aren’t…

How to Make Meaningful Jewelry with Gemstones

Healing stones are a big trend in beaded jewelry right now. People wear mala beads and other meaningful gemstone jewelry for comfort, protection, balance, and other benefits.…

Beading with the Masters: Henri Rousseau

Henri Rousseau is a French post-impressionist painter whose story I find particularly inspiring. He’s one of my favorite painters, not just because I find his paintings beautiful…