Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Blossom Bracelet

I just uploaded a new pattern, the Blossom Bracelet:
It's available at AroundtheBeadingTable.com and at Bead-Patterns.com for $4.00.

You can make matching earrings and/or pendant with the Boleyn Earrings & Pendant pattern.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

At Bead-Patterns.com

I'm hoping to finish writing my new Blossom Bracelet pattern today but while I was perusing Bead-Patterns.com, I noticed a couple lovely new patterns up by Carole Ohl, Sandy Halpenny and Sig Wynne-Evans:

Cubicado Bracelet by Carole Ohl:
Flowers Enchanted Necklace by Sandra Halpenny:

Book of Kells Wolf by Sigrid Wynne-Evans:

Saturday, April 24, 2010

How to Wrap a Briolette

I am always amazed at what gorgeous gemstone briolettes you can find on eBay. If you don't believe me, go to eBay and search on "London Blue Topaz briolettes".

Here's a great video I found on How to Wrap a Briolette from Turquoise-StringBeads.com in Fall River, MA:

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Thinking about paper

It always amazes me what beauty can be created with the simplest of things. Take paper, for instance. Until Barbara Maccaferri emailed me, I had never heard of quilling. I thought at first, it was a typo and she meant quilting. Then I made a visit to her Web site, PaperRosesQuilling.com, and found that not only is quilling, like beading, an ancient artform, but an amazing one at that, and Barbara’s work is just beautiful.

A little while after I got Barbara’s email, I got one from Janice Bautista who wanted to feature my Hana-Ami tutorial on her Web site, PaperBeads.org. The site now has a wonderful 2-part video on how to make a paper bead flower using the Hana-ami motif:

There’s plenty more videos and you could definitely get lost on this site for hours and hours. The tutorials and videos are very clear and there’s even one on making paper beads from a cat litter bag, proving that you can make art and beauty out of just about anything:

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Beadwork’s Favorite Bead Stitches

I just got my copy of Beadwork’s Favorite Bead Stitches in the mail and man-oh-man, am I impressed! This is a lot of bang for the buck!

This “special collector’s edition” magazine includes 43 gorgeous beadweaving projects from past Beadwork issues and a free DVD of Leslie Rogalski’s DoodleBeads video tutorials (which normally sells for $29.99) where she covers of all the most popular beadweaving stitches: even- and odd-count peyote, tubular and circular peyote, flat and tubular herringbone, flat and circular brick stitch, right-angle weave, circular netting, square stitch and spiral rope. If you’re a beginning beader, the DVD is the perfect way to start and if you’re not, Favorite Bead Stitches contains some of Beadwork’s best patterns from bead designers Marcia DeCoster, Lisa Khan and Jean Campbell, just to name a few. And it’s only $14.99, plus shipping. Whoa.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Sales this week

Brush Dance continues with their journal sale. Through April 30, their illustrated journals are on sale for just $4.00 each (reduced from $17.95). These 128-page journals are hardcover with a concealed wire binding:

FusionBeads.com is having a sale of 15% off all their Swarovski rivoli beads until April 19th. While supplies last, I strongly suggest that you check out their 12mm Crystal Purple Haze :)

Through April 19th, Beadaholique is having a 15% off sale (use coupon code CRYSTAL42) on all Crystallized Swarovski Elements—that includes rivolis, pearls, pendants and lots of my favorite beads—the blessed 4mm bicone.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Chinese online bead pattern design app

I've been having some fun with this Chinese online bead pattern design app that I found linked off the DIY Campus blog. It's in Chinese but you can pretty much figure out what is going on if you play with the drop-down menus on the left.
Now if only someone could come up with an English version that also includes a variety of seed beads and fire-polished beads, has a line tool for drawing thread paths and exports to PDF, we'd finally have a bead design app for crystal lovers!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

From the Top Drawer

I’m guessing that every beader has a place for that unfinished bracelet, the pendant you may give away later, the necklace that didn’t quite turn out like you wanted but you can’t bring yourself to take apart, the cuff with colors that just didn’t do it for you, the beaded earrings that have no match and a great multitude of beaded beads from that weekend when you obsessed just a bit too much.

For me, this place is the top drawer of a little set of drawers beside my beading table and as a designer, it is often overflowing.

I was looking through it the other day and found a version of my Cleopatra Bracelet that I still love but it was relegated to the top drawer because I used a clasp that I felt was all wrong once I had finished.
I used all silver and gold beads and it feels just like some sort of exotic, silky ribbon but looks like a wide silver and gold herringbone chain. Here are the beads I used in case you want to give it a try. I won’t show you the clasp :)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Bead Deals This Week

  • Beadaholique.com is offering free shipping on all items through April 12 with the coupon code SPRINGTEN.
  • FusionBeads.com has a 40% off discount on all discontinued crystal. They always offer free shipping with no minimum order.
  • BeadBabe.com continues with their store closure, discounting remaining items even more.
  • Along with their gorgeous briolettes and gemstones, Sapphire Garden just listed a batch of beautiful new findings.
  • Aunties Beads is holding a Potpourri Sale—25% off selected beads and findings through Sunday while supplies last.
  • Rishashay is offering 50% off sterling silver, gold-plated and brass jewelry findings in their Web Closeout section.
  • For all your beady thoughts and illustrations, Brush Dance has listed their magnet close journals on sale for $3 each (they are usually $14.95 each) until April 15th.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Lobelia Necklace

I just uploaded a new pattern, the Lobelia Necklace (also available at Bead-patterns.com):
It would also make a nice matching crystal chain bracelet if you only follow steps 1 to 12.