Beading Blog, Projects, and Expert Advice

Bring on the sparkle! Swarovski crystal releases their latest collection, just in time for building new designs for the holidays and into 2019. And just in time for treating ourselves to a new design, or two–something just for us. And “just for us” is the focus of the Swarovski trends presentation, highlighting the need for […]

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Kimberly Costello is a talented bead artist with a whimsical style. Her “Pop” Goes the Needle beaded needle case project is featured in the October/November 2018 issue of Beadwork. Learn how Kimberly got started beading and discover her unique perspective on creating new beadwork designs. Learning to Bead Q: How did you get started beading? […]

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Beaded Bezel Tutorial for Crystals by Kelly Wiese

There are several ways and different stitches you can use to create beaded bezels for crystals. Kelly Wiese has put together beaded bezel tutorial after tutorial. In them, Kelly takes the time to lay a foundation for creating beaded bezels, expands them in fun directions, then shares ideas on how to use these gems in […]

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Kimberly Costello’s “Pop” Goes the Needle beaded needle case is featured in the October/November 2018 issue of Beadwork. Kimberly shared her beading studio with us, which is small but charming. Check out her adorable workspace! Kimberly’s Beading Studio Q: Where is your beading space located? A: I recently set up in a small area in […]

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An inexpensive kumihimo disk and some basic tools are all you need to create Christina Larsen’s braided wire earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. You’ll find a few extra tools mentioned in Kumihimo Wirework Made Easy, but they are not all crucial and some are interchangeable with tools or items you may already have around your house. […]

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Why do we find triangles so appealing? Perhaps we’re subconsciously drawn to their implied strength. (Triangles are the strongest geometric shape because of their ability to equally distribute weight.) Triangles remain popular not only in architecture but also in fashion and home décor. Read on to learn about triangles and find more than 20 trendy […]

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Bead weaving can be a daunting endeavor. We all have different skill levels. Chances are if you’re reading this, you’ve at least dabbled in beading. Some of the more advanced bead weaving patterns can be very intimidating for a lot of beaders. “Quick and easy” patterns are approachable for beginners but rewarding for everybody! The […]

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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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