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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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June 2017 Artisan Project Featuring....

Laura Graham of Desert Star Creations   Brick Stitch Rivoli Earring Tutorial Laura has numerous wonderful tutorials, it was hard to pick just one,  this month's project Brick Stitch Rivoli Earrings are so much fun to make and combine the beauty of bead weaving and brick stitch. Thank you Laura for sharing your talent with us! "All my life, I have always been a creative person. I have taken art and photography classes through years of schooling. I have worked in photo labs from 1HR to commercial labs, with photographers and with Photoshop to create graphic designs and put finishing touches on photographs. Once when I was in my early twenties, a friend of mine let me use some of...

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Beads Through History Part 2

Glass Beads Many beads used in jewelry making and decorations are glass beads.  Glass beads are known for their durability and beauty.  Glass beads began being created over 5000 years ago.  Mesopotamian core-forming  (where they used a metal mandrel with pieces of glass held over a flame) dates back to 2300 BC. Gradually as the glass softened, glass workers would wrap it around the mandrel forming intricate ornaments. These early beads, or vessels were considered valuable and were preserved as they were placed in burial tombs. Even today, lamp-work  bead are made by holding glass rods over a flame then gently winding the molten glass over the mandrels. The invention of the blow pipe in gave way to the creation...

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May 2017 Artisan Project Featuring...

    Katarina Necklace Tutorial by Penny Dixon of Penny Dixon Designs Thank you Penny for sharing your amazing talent and love for beading with us!   Penny became captivated with beading in 2009. She loves the constant learning and limitless creativity that beading affords. "I just love everything about it. I enjoy the process of beading as well as the result. It’s a journey where learning is always happening; techniques are constantly refined and creativity reigns. I’m amazed by the vast diversity of materials are out there and what can be done to make beautiful designs. With the prompting of several artists and beading enthusiasts, I started sharing my designs and doing a little teaching, too."   "I think...

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Keeping Us In Stitches - Sprial Stitches

The spiral stitch is a fun stitch that can enhance jewelry, accessories, decorations and more.   The spiral stitches, another off-loom bead weaving technique, lends itself to a multiple beads sizes and colors and can be used to create beautiful jewelry, accessories, decorations. Spiral rope, or spiral rope chain, is a popular beading technique that is great for beginners and experts alike. The basic stitch is simple to do, and incredibly easy to adapt, allowing for endless design possibilities. Starting with a basic spiral rope chain, change the number, size or type of beads to create designs that are all your own. To get you busy stitching we have included some of our favorite tutorials.  Our favorite basic spiral tutorial is...

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