Beadwork Magazine April/May 2018 Lookbook

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Spring is a season full of color, from the vibrant green of the grass when it first starts to grow, to the dusty pink of the tulips in my yard, to the bright blue sky before the summer haze takes over. One color that’s on all our minds this spring is Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year — Ultra Violet.

Ultra Violet is a rich purple — not so dark that it looks black, but not so light that you think of lavender. As we’ve seen examples of how Ultra Violet is being applied in fashion, home décor, and accessories, it’s clear that people have welcomed this year’s “Color of the Year” with open arms — which isn’t always the case.

I wonder if Ultra Violet’s positive reception is due to the “meaning” of the color purple: royalty, nobility, luxury, power, ambition. Or do people love Ultra Violet simply because it’s purple?

I’m not sure, but I’m definitely a fan, and I’m happy to see the color popping up all over. You’ll even find it in the April/May 2018 issue of Beadwork magazine! You’ll also find other bold, strong, rich colors in this issue (see the Fast & Fabulous Jewel Tones section), as well as plenty of traditional spring colors.

Braid a convertible kumihimo necklace and bracelet set with turquoise-colored stone chips; stitch a reversible Honeycomb bead bracelet in vibrant gold, green, blue, and purple; or try prismatic right-angle weave to create a trendy chevron-inspired pendant in blues and greens or reds and purples. Whether you’re looking for bold tones or muted hues, this issue has you covered!

Sneak a peek at the designs in the Beadwork magazine April/May 2018 Lookbook, then get your copy of the magazine and start exploring all the colorful possibilities.

Tammy Honaman
Editor, Beadwork magazine

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