Beading Blog, Projects, and Expert Advice

Stitch Tips: Daisy Chain

When you ask a fellow beader which stitch they learned first, the answer is often that they learned daisy chain— sometimes from their grandmother or at summer camp. There’s no doubt why it’s one of the first stitches people try since it’s certainly one of the easiest, fastest, and prettiest stitches out there. That doesn’t […]

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A common thread for all artists is their relationship with color. Sometimes it’s bold, sometimes it’s muted, and other times it’s noticeably absent. In this episode of Beads, Baubles & Jewels, we talk about using works from the masters to inspire our own motifs and color palettes. Shown above, the Humblebeads polymer clay beads and […]

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Be(ad) Inspired: Beading Inspiration

What is your beading inspiration? Is it nature? color? people? events? a sunrise? a seashell? Do you keep ideas in a journal, on your phone, or on sticky notes? Do you meet with other beaders, artists, and creative people to talk about your work and ideas? Do you ever have days when nothing inspires you? […]

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Meet Beadwork Designer of the Year Melinda Barta

Melinda Barta is a former editor of Beadwork magazine and the author of six bead-weaving books. She is a talented beadwork designer who has filmed many instructional videos and taught at bead shows throughout the United States. We’re excited to have Melinda as one of our 2018 Beadwork Designers of the Year! Beading for the […]

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Carol Cypher’s Top 5 Tips for African Helix 101

African Helix may not be a stitch most seed beaders are familiar with and Carol Cypher has made it her personal mission to bring it to the beady masses! With evangelical passion, this beady icon has developed some mighty exciting techniques with a twist. As the creative video producer for the bead and jewelry group […]

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Beads, Baubles & Jewels: Natural Basics

In this episode of Beads, Baubles & Jewels, the focus is on nature and how artists transform nature into their art. Katie shows off a collection of rings which incorporate nature in some way. “All of these rings are from my treasure chest and they show an interesting variety of cabs, from man-made resin to […]

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Do you have extravagant, romantic plans for Valentine’s Day? Or will you spend some quiet time on February 14 with your one true love — your bead stash? If so, break out your cylinder beads in reds and pinks, golds and silvers, or any other combination that you love to create this free beading project […]

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