Through blindness, arthritis, ruptured spinal discs, and reconstructive hand surgery, Gail Be has stood by her beads — and now they’re bringing her worldwide attention. As creator of the world’s largest beaded wedding gown, and with Lady Gaga wearing her dress-and-headpiece design Erotic Ice on the cover of the single “Anything Goes,” Gail Be is […]

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How many times have you started a new hobby but purchased the most inexpensive tools available because you weren’t sure you’d love the activity? Then a few years later you realize you’re still enjoying the hobby but have kept using your original tools. Maybe I’m just cheap, but this seems to happen with all the […]

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Kathy King is an award-winning bead artist and jewelry designer who specializes in a beading technique called bead quilling, which she invented. In bead quilling, the side holes of the beads are exposed, and the beading thread is incorporated into the design. This technique opens up a whole new world of possibilities for bead weaving. […]

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Jackie Larson Bread is a Native American beadworker who has been beading her entire life. She is a member of the Blackfeet tribe in Montana and concentrates her work on traditional bead weaving techniques and projects. Jackie’s beadwork has received more than 100 awards, including Best of Classification at the prestigious Indian Market in Santa […]

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Bead Weaving Southwest-Inspired Jewelry

Native Americans have been making jewelry since long before Europeans settled in North America. Originally, jewelry was made with shells, stones (including turquoise), bones, and wood. When Europeans introduced metalworking, silver also became a staple of Native American jewelry. Artists (including jewelry artists) have long been attracted to the Southwest. The purplish mountains, reddish-brown soil, […]

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Shanna Steele has had four projects published in Beadwork magazine in 2017. Her edgy Heavy Metal Bracelet, made with 4mm metal rounds, was in the December 2016/January 2017 issue. Her bronze and turquoise Beads in Bloom Bracelet was in the February/March 2017 issue. Her fun Copper Connections Necklace was in the June/July 2017 issue. And […]

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Summer is easily my favorite season. I just can’t get enough of the casual BBQs and lazy pool parties! If you’re looking for a fun bead-weaving project to round out your summer, check out these classically summer beaded jewelry designs. From a beachy bracelet to a 4th of July themed star-spangled design, there’s something to […]

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Did you know that Canada is turning 150 this year? July 1 marks our northern neighbor’s sesquicentennial! Canada’s heritage is rich with First Nations culture, including bead weaving. And to celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary, John Bead has commissioned a custom beaded bead. John Bead is a wholesale bead retailer in Ontario, Canada. The company […]

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As the editors of Beadwork magazine, we get a lot of emails from our Customer Service team. Sometimes a customer is having a problem with a pattern and needs help. Sometimes a reader would like more information about the alternate colorways shown in the magazine. And sometimes we get a reader email that absolutely blows […]

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