Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Summertime style!




New colors, new decor, new styles, new everything!  Summer is almost here...are you ready?  Visit my Summertime board at Pinterest for lots of ideas and inspiration!



Monday, May 14, 2018

Tiny pendants for Spring and Summer

This pendant is smaller than a quarter!

I'm still seeing a lot of teeny tiny little charms and pendants on strings and chains for the Summer.  The really good news is that even with bead embroidery, it doesn't take very long to make one!  Give the one shown above a try, or pick a small focal that you love and seed bead colors that suit!  The tutorial is at the link.


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Monday, May 07, 2018

Re-making a bead embroidered pendant

Several years ago in the Spring, I made a bead embroidered pendant with ribbons as the background.  Once Spring was over, I started thinking that the Easter egg shape wasn't as versatile as I wanted for long term wearing.  I put a lot of thought, work, and time into the original design, so I was kind of hesitant to change it and possible "ruin" it.

Before
But, as it turns out, change can be a very good thing!

After
I cut the binding off (edging brick stitch and stack stitches) first, and then I snipped away at it until I liked the shape.  I realize that this can be a risky method, but this time it worked out very well for me.  I wear it much more now.

Instructions for edging brick stitch and stack stitch can be found in the first free chapter of my e-book, Every Bead Has a Story.


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Friday, May 04, 2018

heART beats from other blogs!



Wisteria Centerline cuff bracelet with video tutorial - just one example from the beautiful new Centerline collection (shown above).  All the new Centerline products link

Night Blooming pendant video tutorial

Feather DayDream necklace tutorial

Jewelry making kits - the perfect way to start your journey in beading and learning design principles if you've never done it before!

Earth Day in Paris video tutorial (shown below)

Afghani pendant cork necklace tutorial

Beading projects and tutorials for Mother's Day - it's not too late!





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