The Quest for Enlightenment and Exotic Beads Takes Entrepreneur on Lifelong Global Adventure Sally Roesler’s obsession with the treasures of faraway places began in the fifth grade when her history teacher explained how the Dutch purchased what is now Manhattan Island from the Native Americans, in part, with a box of beads. Now owner of […]

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Bead Buzz: Originally published in April/May 2017 Beadwork issue Beads, whether they are flying through the air or embroidered onto an Indian headdress, have been a staple of New Orleans Mardi Gras since the 1890s. Originally made with Czech and Japanese glass, “throw” beads became ubiquitous when parade revelers discovered a cheaper, more lightweight plastic […]

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(Originally published in April/May 2017 Beadwork’s Cool Stuff column.) Jump into the pages of Cool Stuff and check out the 10 featured beading and jewelry-making products that caught our eye. 1. Inspired by America’s national parks, such as Redwood, Denali, and Shenandoah, the high-relief charms of the Nature Collection by Nunn Design feature plant and […]

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Periods of creative dormancy are inevitable; it’s what you do to get out of them that really matters. We asked nine bead-weaving designers how they tap into their creativity and how they get their groove back when they come up short. Here’s what they said: When I get frustrated because something isn’t coming out the […]

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Like its musical namesake, the secret of the accordion stitch lies in the way it expands and contracts. Nichole Starman, the perennial innovator, designed this new stitch to solve the problem of stiff and stilted beadwork. We all know that feeling when you put hours of work and strenuous attention into a project only to […]

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Beads, Findings & More! The AVA Bead by Potomac Beads We’re seeing the AVA bead by Potomac Bead Company in so many new and beautiful designs. Unlike other pressed-glass beads, the AVA beads are pressed by hand rather than a machine, resulting in a precise and uniquely delicate shape. Potomac also recently released the RounTrio, an […]

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Bead Buzz: The Art of Czech Glass Beads

What do you have in common with the Zulus of Southern Africa, a South America Carnival reveler, and a Ukrainian religious idol? You may all be wearing the same beads–beads made by about 900 people in a small mountain village in the Liberec Region of the Czech Republic, also known as Bohemia. The town of […]

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