(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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Bead Weaving and Finding Zen There are many reasons to love beaded ropes. They’re fun to design because they offer lots of room for experimentation. They’re pleasing to stitch because of their repetitive, Zen-inducing thread paths. Their flexibility and soft drape also make them easy-to-wear and versatile in how you wear them. They can be […]

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Welcome to Our Garden Party Remember leaves? And flowers? While they may seem like a distant memory now, they’re quietly gearing up for their comeback. In the meantime, we can always create beaded leaves and flowers — just the thing to get you ready for warm weather and outdoor celebrations. I don’t know that I’ve […]

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How to Combine Colors like a Pro For the February/March 2017 issue of Beadwork, we asked our contributors how they select color combinations for their beading projects. This is what they had to say: 1. “One of my favorite ways to find color inspiration is to search websites that provide a photograph with coordinating color […]

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