Thursday, January 31, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Beadwork Magazine December 2007/January 2008
The good folks at Interweave have added the Ice Princess project to their Beading Daily Online Store. This project was originally published in Beadwork Magazine, December 2007/January 2008. Thank you for your email requests to them, which made this project available to those who may have missed out on this project or could not find the back issue at your LBS (local bead store).
The briolettes are from Taj Company. And, as usual, I couldn't stop at one necklace so I made an alternate version in silver with dusty pink charlottes.
Whether pretty in romantic dusty pink or fabulous in glistening gold, I hope you'll love this elegant Victorian lace inspired design. The cubic zircon 4-loop connectors (CO67) and clasp, which perfectly accents this design, are created by Ezel Jewels. And you only need one hank of size 13 charlottes, which you can find from the Garden of Beadin'. A wire armature in the center of the necklace creates structure and a nice drape. I hope you'll enjoy making this necklace and transform yourself to an Ice Princess.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
If you are having problems finding Toho triangles in your area, you can buy them from my friend Beki Haley at Whimbeads. Beki has a nice selection of many different size and shaped seed beads as well as crystals too!
(Update 03/06/08) These are the colors Beki gave me from her catalog that match well to my sample:
The earring project, Marguerite Chandelier Earrings, (pages 68 to 69) in this issue also uses Ezel Jewels' floral earring posts (ER4) and is a good match to a cuff bracelet from the book. You'll have to get the book for the seamless cuff, but I promise you'll love it, as it is one of my favorite projects. Again I couldn't stop at only one pair of earrings and have three other color-ways to share with you. (click the photos below for a larger view)
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Thanks to Interweave Press, you can now preview ten of the seventeen projects in my new book. Get a first peak to see what is in store for you.
I wanted to make a note that this book was written with the concept that you already know what a seed bead is and the general tools necessary for beadweaving. We did not spend a lot of pages showing you pretty photos of seed beads and tools as most beading books already cover this area. We felt we would have wasted a lot of pages that would otherwise been better served in detailing the projects instead. The book is all about progressing your beadweaving from advanced beginner forward, challenging you every step of the way.
By no means is this an all inclusive encyclopedia of beading techniques. There are many ways to achieve similar looks also, using different beading methods. There are reasons why I selected a respective stitch to achieve my design. I challenged myself to breakdown the steps so that they would be understandable even to a beginning beader. The book is how I bead not the only way to bead. All in all, I hope you enjoy the projects and the romantic theme.
There are a number of quick projects but don't expect to finish an elaborate project within a day or even a weekend. Beadweaving is about the process and the techniques. Heirloom pieces do not result from rushing to the finish line. Quality work takes time and attention to even small details. The end result will make you a proud "parent" of a job well done as you garner much deserved accolades and compliments.
I actually had proposed thirty projects for the book but due to space availability (144 pages) we could only fit seventeen. The Deco Collar, shown on the second page of the preview, is the book teaser project featured in the upcoming Feb/Mar 2008 Beadwork Magazine issue. I'll write more about the Deco Collar in a future post.
Friday, January 4, 2008
Beading Daily recently opened their online store where you can download projects from past issues of their beading publications. How exciting to get a second chance if you can't locate a back issue. I'm excited to say that my Berrylicious bracelet is now available as a downloadable PDF. You can see the other designs I have in the Spring 2006 Stringing Magazine issue by visiting my website.
I haven't had a chance to write and design for Stringing Magazine for awhile now. I had good excuse, spending over nine months working on the book, but I hope to have some time after Tucson to work out some ideas. Fingers crossed. There is always so much I want to do and not enough time in the day to get everything done.