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Keeping Us In Stitches - Peyote Toggle Clasp

So you have created an amazing beaded bracelet, but just can't find the right clasp, nothing seems to do enhance it and give the final touch to your bracelet...a beaded toggle clasp can be the perfect solution. The Spruce's tutorial is easy to follow and fun to create. Jill Wiseman is a great teacher and we love her video tutorial.   Potomac Beads also created a marvelous tutorial. We hope you have a amazing time creating toggles to finish off your next creation that needs the perfect touch.   Happy Beading!  

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August 2017 Artisan Project Featuring....

  The Shedir Pendant 3 in 1 by Mica of MicaBeads Mica thank you for sharing your talent with us!  "I live in Hungry and I am the mother of three adult sons and I’ll be a grandmother soon. I began my career as a teacher but am also a mechanical engineer so when I finished teaching 6 years ago I began to work in our company with my engineering skills. I began making beaded jewelry about 10 years ago when I got a beaded necklace as a gift. I couldn’t figure out how it was made, so I tried to find instructions on the internet how to make it.  I found a lot of wonderful jewelry designs. Once I...

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Keeping us in Stitches - Bead Crochet

Beaded crochet is a fun bead weaving technique that can be used to create amazing and dazzling beaded chains and ornaments. Several bead aficiandos have great tutorials that will make this technique fun and engaging.   Easy Beaded Crochet Tutorial - The Spruce Fusion Beaded has several great tutorials that will expand your beading crochet techniques.  A basic tutorial to get your started, when you have the basics you can move on to crocheted rope, and then you can take that rope and create a necklace with seamless joins.  A couple of great video tutorials are  Ann Benson's Crochet Tutorial Art Beads Crochet Tutorial     Beaded crochet can be challenging to learn, but the hard work is worth it....

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July Artisan Project Featuring....

Sabine Lippert's Mingle Bangle    Sabine Lippert is a leading European beader and teacher living in Bonn, Germany.  Sabine considers it was her fate to become a beader one day. As usual an artists way is never straight, so she had a career as a physician first, but crafting and needle-works have always been her passion. She believes there is no better feeling than creating something beautiful with your own hands! Getting technical skills from her father, an engineer, it was her mother who infected her with her mother's love to the decorative things in life. Her mother showed her and her sister the first basics for knitting, crochet or embroidery and Sabine's mother remember them doing one crafting frenzy...

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Keeping us in Stitches - Bead Weaving Basics - June 2017

Most styles of beading can be technically considered "bead weaving".  This post will feature a few pattern tutorials and ideas that don't traditionally fall under other bead weaving categories.   If you are a beginner or need a bit of a refresher we found Guide to Beadwork is a great resource. Jill Wiseman has many amazing video tutorials to help sharpen your beading skills.  If you ever run into a situation where you end up with an extra bead, Jill's tutorial will guide you in how to remove the bead without taking out several rows...      Some projects seem to be stiff and hold their shape well, but when your projects need to have some external force giving them...

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