From the dawn of time, patterns have existed in the natural world. Early philosophers studied such patterns, attempting to explain order in nature. Think of the animal kingdom, with the prevalence of spots and stripes, or certain spiral patterning found in plants and animals. And it’s easy to spot surface patterns visible on windswept sand […]

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How To Make Beautiful Beaded Flowers with Wire

#Outspiration: Beaded Flowers Some things are just better together than on their own — think fish and chips, movies and popcorn, Thelma and Louise. When we’re talking about handcrafted jewelry, I think stunning jewelry can be made using wire alone. But being a bead gal myself, I tend to think that everything is better with […]

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Beadwork April/May 2017: Fresh Changes

The beauty of spring is that it brings with it a sense of renewal. Think of spring cleaning and how that age-old practice makes your home seem fresh and new. Here at Beadwork, we’re excited to kick off spring with a few added bonuses, starting with the April/May issue. For starters, we’ve increased the page […]

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Photo: Malas strands, Photo credit Frank Bienewald/Getty Images I know that many of you who are reading this are living a stressful life, perhaps burning the candle at both ends. Sure, I get it — the demands of work, family, and life in this fast-paced world often overshadow the deep-seated need to live a happier, […]

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BeadWise Video: How To Make an Easy Tassel!

Check out this new Interweave BeadWise video for an easy way to make a tassel using a credit card. We’ve used embroidery floss here, but you can use any type of cord, yarn, or thread to wrap around a credit card. Remember, the more times you wrap, the thicker your tassel will be! Then cut […]

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It’s generally easy for me to come up with a list of favorites–favorite foods, for example, or favorite music or movies. After all, these are all things that make life more enjoyable, right? Well, when the Beadwork team and I sat down to select content for this year’s edition of Favorite Bead Stitches, let’s just […]

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Easily Create Irresistible Bead Embroidery

History has proven that we like to adorn ourselves with beaded embellishment. Our choices have included bead embroidery, from subdued to glamorous and even over-the-top. For example, African tribes have a long tradition of wearing elaborate handmade beaded jewelry. These designs are not only beautiful but also hold important cultural significance. And it’s widely recognized […]

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