Beadwork April-May 2018

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ultra violet is ultra popular

Pantone chose Ultra Violet for its 2018 Color of the Year. Ultra Violet is a rich purple—not so dark that it looks black, but not so light that you think of lavender. Along with its announcement of the Color of the Year, Pantone shares a range of justifications for the color choice, including the reasons we “need” the color and explanations of how it will affect us not only from head to toe but also at home. As we’ve seen examples of Ultra Violet and how it’s being applied in fashion, home décor, and accessories, it’s clear to me that people have welcomed the color with open arms—which isn’t always the case with the “Color of the Year.” I wonder if this year’s positive reception is due to the “meaning” of…

3 min
cool stuff

1. New two-hole shaped beads from Potomac Bead Company include 8×5mm bell beads, 7×10mm LeafDuos, and 3×6mm DropDuos. All are available in a variety of colors and finishes. Find these and other shaped beads at 2. Newly available from Fusion Beads are Miyuki Picasso size 10° and 11° Delicas. Featuring six new colors, including rattlesnake, key lime, painted turquoise, garnet, creamy jasper, and smoky obsidian, these beads lend an earthy, organic feel to any project. Find them at or your favorite bead retailer. 3. ImpressArt is now offering premium stamping blanks in copper, brass, Alkemé, and aluminum in about fifty different shapes and sizes. These blanks feature thicker gauges, a brighter finish, and smooth, rounded edges. Also new are metal stamps featuring both letters and numbers in Sailor font. To…

1 min
try this!

There are several variations to daisy chain. Here are two that make lovely chains for necklaces or bracelets: CONTINUOUS DAISIES. Instead of adding strands of beads between the daisies, make a chain with connecting daisies: String 6 blue beads and pass through them again to form a circle, exiting the first bead strung. String 1 yellow bead and pass back through the opposite bead from the last one exited (Fig. 1, purple thread). *String 5 blue beads and pass through the last blue bead exited. String 1 yellow bead and pass back through the blue bead opposite the one that connects the last 2 daisies (Fig. 1, blue thread). Repeat from * to the desired length (Fig. 1, red thread). SQUARE-STITCHED DAISIES. In this version, separate the daisies with blocks of square…

2 min
daisy chain

When you ask a fellow beader which stitch they learned first, the answer is often that they learned daisy chain— sometimes from their grandmother or at summer camp. There’s no doubt why it’s one of the first stitches people try since it’s certainly one of the easiest, fastest, and prettiest stitches out there. That doesn’t mean daisy chain isn’t sophisticated, however. The stitch has many variations; it can be done in a chain or stitched in rows, and the opportunities for embellishment are vast. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this stitch, I’ll get you started with this basic version that truly shows off the individual “daisies.” MATERIALS & TOOLS Seed beads in 3 contrasting colors (blue, green, and yellow size 11° seed beads shown here) Beading thread in color to match…

6 min
twisted road necklace

TECHNIQUES Right-angle weave variation Netting Flat and tubular peyote stitch Herringbone stitch PROJECT LEVEL MATERIALS 3 g champagne galvanized size 15° seed beads (A)2 g matte turquoise galvanized size 15° seed beads (B)1 g champagne galvanized size 11° seed beads (C)4 g bronze-lined aqua rainbow size 11° seed beads (D)20 g matte light green galvanized size 8° seed beads (E)10 g aqua bronze-lined rainbow size 8° seed beads (F)2 matte gray 5×3mm fire-polished rondelles (G)Smoke 6 lb FireLine braided beading thread TOOLS Scissors Size 11 beading needle FINISHED SIZE 24" 1) ROPE BASE. Work a right-angle-weave strip to form the rope base: Unit 1: Use 3' of thread to string 4E, leaving an 8" tail; pass through the 4E again to form a tight circle. Units 2–145: String 3E, pass through the last 1E exited, and continue through the first 2E just added; repeat 143…

3 min
laura graham

Q: How did you get started beading? A: I started beading in late 2007 after I was diagnosed with lupus. I was out of work and depressed, and I was looking for an inexpensive way to make Christmas gifts to fill some of my empty hours. I stopped in a bead store, and I was immediately hooked. (How little I knew … inexpensive—ha!) Q: What inspires your creativity? A: I’m mostly inspired by all the new beads. The shapes and multiple holes get my mind thinking of new ways to create. I’m also inspired by architecture and geometric patterns. Q: Do you plan your designs in advance, or do you just let the creativity flow? A: Very little planning goes into my designs. Often, one project will spawn another. The rest of the time, the…