Sometimes hope and beauty spring from the most unlikely circumstances. In April 2015, a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake triggered an avalanche of rock, ice, and snow, killing a third of Langtang residents and destroying most of their homes. Before the earthquake, the tiny mountain village in northern Nepal enjoyed a steady flow of adventurous tourists […]

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Living in Colorado I’m fairly close to the center of the United States, which means that summer is always a time for road trips. Since I’ve lived here I’ve driven to several nearby states: Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, Kansas, and Nebraska. There’s lots to love about a summer road trip: more legroom […]

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What’s Your Favorite Bead Stitch?

Recently I asked beaders on Facebook and Twitter: What’s your favorite bead stitch? As you might expect, everyone embraced different favorite stitches. Some mentioned old favorites, such as peyote or herringbone bead weaving stitches, while others spoke up for newer stitches, such as hubble. Many beaders mentioned two or more stitches. Lorraine Hickton, for example, […]

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It’s not often you stumble upon a solution to a beading problem a decade later… About 10 years ago I made some fairly simple peyote-stitched rings for a beaded chain necklace. The circular links were basically a flat strip of peyote stitch with the ends zipped together. At the time I thought I knew peyote […]

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A few weeks ago I uncovered a half-finished kumihimo bracelet at the back of one of my bead drawers. I felt a combination of horror and joy at seeing that rope of tightly braided beads. The horror came from the realization that this was yet another unfinished project that I’d forgotten about. The joy came […]

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Every jewelry maker I know has one type of jewelry that makes her sigh or cry or curse. For me, that’s bracelets. I can whip out a dozen pairs of earrings in a couple of hours without batting an eye, but making a single bracelet can sometimes stump me for days. Logically, I know it […]

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Netherlands-born bead weaving expert Huib Petersen designs beadwork with an organic feel, often featuring flowers, butterflies, insects, and other nature motifs. A popular teacher, he’s taught both in the United States and internationally. His work has appeared in Masters: Beadweaving (Lark Books, 2008) and Beading Across America (Kalmbach Books, 2011). Huib lives in San Francisco, […]

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Designer Corner: At Play with Crochet

The Beatles aren’t the only ones getting by with a little help from their friends. Brenda K. B. Anderson owes her blossoming career as a crochet designer partly to friends—and her cat. Her monthly Yarnation group loved her early projects, including a crocheted cupcake hat. Crochet Me readers raved about her Crazy Cat Hat, inspired by […]

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