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Bead&Button August 2018

As the complete beading resource, Bead & Button features innovative and unique projects by top jewelry designers that challenge and inspire readers of all skill levels to learn, grow and excel in their beading. Every project is fully tested for clarity and dependability so that readers can master the skills needed to create beautiful jewelry pieces.

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to new adventures

For lots of people, summertime is for lounge chairs and lazy weekends. But I’m a northerner, which means I’m cooped up inside for almost half the year. Once the temperatures turn from frigid to friendly, I’m too excited to sit down for long. Summer is the time to shake up my routine.It’s with this mindset that I share with you my newest adventure. After 15 years of working at Kalmbach Media (12 of them at Bead&Button magazine), I’ve enrolled in a class that will require my full-time attention. For that reason, I’ve stepped down as editor of Bead&Button magazine and, I will continue to be involved as a Contributing Editor, so I will still have a front-row seat in this creative classroom. And all of my colleagues will still…

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bead soup

WHAT’S HAPPENINGTo download this free pattern, visit WeekINTERNATIONAL BEADING WEEK IS JULY 28–AUGUST 5, 2018Share your love of beads with the world! The idea started at a guild meeting in the UK, and has grown into a worldwide effort to celebrate our passion for stitching with beads. The mission is to educate and encourage the wider public to participate in beading, and to support bead suppliers. To ignite and connect far-reaching events, the group is encouraging bead bombing (similar to yarn bombing): Use beaded bands or chains to decorate your International Beading Week venue, whether you are celebrating at home, in public spaces, or at your local beading shop. Spread your beading love!The work of Nancy JosephsonROADTRIP WORTHYIf you’re in, or traveling near, the Baltimore area, don’t miss The…

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what’s new?

The Spot and Whiskers collection is a new theme by TierraCast for the pet lovers out there. It includes the Spot dog charm, Whiskers cat charm, dog house charm, bone charm, and paw print button, and are available in antique silver and gold.Customize your jewelry with DIY bracelet, ring, and earring bases from Gita. Just add your favorite stones or crystals for a one-of-a-kind look. Find them at or a bead store near you.HOT FINDSBeaducation has 13 new stamp designs, including a Caesar branch border and wide Moroccan arch. Look for the other new designs as shown on the samples at new theme by Tierra-Cast is called Vida más Dulce and is a continuation of the Dulce Vida collection. Included are crimpable end caps, two-hole buttons, crescent links,…

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panic button

Q I LOVE to stitch peyote patterns, but find I frequently get off track when following a Word chart or pattern. Do you have any suggestions to make this easier?A Allow me to introduce you to the Bead-Line Guide!DIFFERENT WAY TO WORKFIGURE 1Charts are a wonderful visual aid. They allow you to see intricate patterns, and make it easier to document your progress as you work. I share your love of patterns and have worked them from both charts and text, but find most people prefer a chart. The following is my solution to keeping on track with a chart: the Bead-Line Guide (figure 1).This device has two rows of solid color bead shapes identical to the bead grid on the chart you are working. I invented it when I…

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watch for it!

Beaded beads are back and better then ever! Watch for Jessica Burns Lawhorn’s designs.Learn June Malone’s technique for 3-D peyote earrings.Stitch your way to the holidays with this beaded ornament cover by Cathy Andrews. ■…

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design challenge winners

View them all on HollandPRETTY IN PINK challenge winner • “Roses in pink” • Bead embroidery showcases a botanical cabochon, herringbone stitched flowers, and a spiral rope made with two sizes of seed beads.Rebecca Whelan-MartinPRETTY IN PINK Reader’s Choice winner • “Pink deco necklace” • Swarovski cup chain links, bugle beads, SuperDuos, and seed beads adorn this delicate piece.Karin GranstromEASY BEING GREEN challenge winner • “Autumn forest” • Layered Russian leaves hang from a twisted band of Toho seed beads with peyote and brick stitch necklace straps.Melanie April HarrisEASY BEING GREEN Reader’s Choice winner • “Flutter-by garden” • A twisted herringbone stitch rope supports leaf fringe, herringbone bell flowers, and brick stitch monarch butterflies.ENTER TO WINWe invite you to participate in our monthly design challenge! Create or share an…