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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In the late 1990s, a handful of Russian-language beadwork books hit the United States. Beaders here went wild, deciphering the instructions despite the language barrier, because they were so excited to try techniques they had never seen before. The leaves, fringes, chains, and ropes that graced the pages of these books would forever be known […]

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Excerpted from Beadwork August/September 2015, Stitch Pro You may have heard of cubic right-angle weave (CRAW), but what happens when this stitch goes beyond the cube? Applying this technique to the geometry of prisms forms a different type of stitch, called prismatic right-angle weave (PRAW). Use this stitch to create beaded beads, beaded ropes, and […]

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In Penny Dixon’s latest video series, she explains how to easily incorporate shaped beads into your bead weaving designs. She also explores combining wire and beads to create unique pieces that go beyond traditional bead weaving. We recently sat down with Penny to talk about her new video series. Q: How did you get started […]

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Master Bead Quilling Excerpted from June/July 2016 Beadwork magazine Bead quilling uses square stitch to create thin strips of beads that can be manipulated into different shapes. The exposed thread adds a decorative element to the beadwork. Rows are worked with two beads in each stitch, as opposed to the more common single-bead method of […]

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NASA describes Saturn as the “Jewel of our Solar System.” Of all the planets, Saturn is second in size only to Jupiter and is 945% the size of Earth. That fact alone leaves me speechless, but Saturn has many other characteristics that intrigue me, including its remarkable rings. As artists, we draw our inspiration from […]

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Kassie Shaw has been busy stitching beads! And she’s a shape shifter…well, she’s shape-shifting within her beadwork, that is. In her video, Shape Shifter, Kassie covers a lot of techniques and options so you have a bevy of ways to take your designs. A quote from her that summarizes the video: “My Shape Shifter collection is based […]

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