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Pantone colors, beads, and jewelry on Pinterest

  I am deeply in love with several of the colors that Pantone has identified for Fall 2017, including Grenadine, Shaded Spruce, and Marina.  In fact, I am putting together a Pinterest board to gather together color inspiration, beads, and jewelry (including tutorials) for those colors and more. You might recognize these pairs:     Gimme the Blues     Aegean Seas Here's one that's coming next week... Hit me up on Pinterest if you'd like to connect that way! Copyright 2017 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

Stitch a clock motif for your bead embroidery - part one

  In playing around with the beads that I received from Jesse James Beads , I figured out another fun motif that you can stitch to enhance your bead embroidery. The motif is stitched with a combination of peyote and herringbone stitches, and then is stitched down to a foundation fabric.  In my e-book Bored By Back Stitch , I teach you how to create twelve different bead embroidery motifs, using nine different beadweaving stitches, so maybe you can think of this one as the baker's dozen supplement! Materials Jesse James focal bead Tribal Stripes Inspiration bead mix - choose one of the 15mm beads for the focal.  Others will be used in your expanded bead embroidery design Seed Beads Size 8/0: Color-lined pink Transparent frosted root beer Size 6/0: Color-lined pink Size 11/0: Fuchsia matte Opaque metallic fuchsia squares Tools Beading needles Scissors Nymo beading thread, black, size O Foundation fabric, like ultra-suede Double sided tape   1.

Yay for Katelyn!!

  Katelyn is the winner of a copy of The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry that Beading Arts was giving away.  Congratulations, Katelyn!

Book reviews from Mixed Media Artist

  Abstract Explorations in Acrylic Painting I know that a lot of you enjoy more than one form of art making, so I thought I would get caught up here and share with you some wonderful books on collage, painting, and quilting that you might have missed on Mixed Media Artist blog. Art Quilts International: Abstract and Geometric Abstract Explorations in Acrylic Painting Fire + Light: a method of painting for artists who love color   Abstracts in Acrylic + Ink   Digital Fiber Artist   Artful Log Cabin Quilts New York Beauties + Flying Geese   Create Perfect Paintings   The T-Shirt Quilt Book Intuitive Color + Design   Art Journey: Abstract Painting   Storytelling Art Studio    

A bead stitch combination to try - right-angle peyote

  In the current issue of Bead&Button (October 2017), there is a stitch workshop article by Antonio Calles on a technique he calls right-angle peyote, because it combines the two stitches into a clever component that can be linked together to form all sorts of pretty designs. You can find a couple of his projects and blank charts online (you must be a subscriber).  The basic component is easy to stitch, especially if you're familiar with both RAW and peyote.  If they are new to you, make sure you pick up a copy of B&B to get the instructions for the component!  To figure out the component and stitch together two of them as shown above took me less than 5 minutes.  It would have been less, but I changed my mind about one of the colors!

heART beats from other blogs!

  Pantone Fall 2017 colors in bead collections A recipe for S'Mores cookies (because who doesn't like them?) Making complex shapes with simple metal stamps An interview with Ann Martin, author of The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry Gorgeous beaded quilts by Colette Dumont Using a rock tumbler   Post contains affiliate links: Jesse James Beads

Book giveaway: The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry

Last week, I shared my review of Ann Martin's new book, The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry .  Well, today I am delighted to be able to offer up a copy for giveaway! Let me tantalize you with some images from the book that Ann shared with me...can you even believe they are made from paper??   GIVEAWAY ALERT!!!  Would you like a great book full of new projects?  Here's what you need to do... please read this carefully . Leave me a comment here and include your email address. If I don't see your email address, I will not contact you. No contact, no win, and I simply have to go on to the next person. You are welcome to spell it out if you'd prefer, for example, beadingarts at gmail dot com. If you tweet or post on Facebook or other social spots about the contest, you can leave a second comment and be entered twice!  Deadline: September 21, 2016  

Recent publications: June through September 2017

The Absolute Beginners Guide: Jewelry Making with Resin by Theresa D. Abelew Wire Jewelry: Beaded and Beautiful: 24 captivating jewelry designs by Irina Miech Peyote Stitch Companion by Melinda Barta Jewelry Designs with CzechMates Beads by Anna Elizabeth Draeger Mastering Wirework Jewelry: 15 Intricate Designs To Create by Rachel Norris Elegant Beadwork: 25 beaded jewels with right-angle weave by Evelina Palmontova Seed Bead Revolution by Sara Oehler and Kristen Fagan Making Metal Clay Jewellery by Julia Rai The Big Book of Jewelry Making: 73 Projects to Make by GMC Editors Colored Pencil on Copper Jewelry: Enhance Your Metalwork the Easy Way by Roxan O'Brien Crazy Quilting Volume III: Fancy Seam Designs by Kathy Shaw This post contains affiliate links

Fierce - a Tribal Stripes bead embroidery tutorial

One of the best things about working with black and white beads in the new Jesse James Beads Tribal Stripes collection is that it gives you unlimited potential for mixing in other colors.  The Pantone color called Pink Yarrow is so hot right now, and I like it anyway, so that's the direction I went in stitching up this new pendant that I call Fierce ! Materials + Tools Jesse James Beads Tribal Stripes inspiration bead mix Tribal Stripes mini bead mix Seed Beads Size 11/0: Black matte Fuchsia matte White Fuchsia Delicas Size 8/0: Color-lined hot pink Size 15/0: Black Tools Beading needles Scissors Nymo beading thread, black, size O Foundation fabric, like ultra-suede Double sided tape 1. Use a small piece of double sided tape to position your focal bead and stitch it down. 2. Stitch a row of back stitch around the bead with size 11/0 seed beads.  Keep an even number of beads on each side, not counting the corners.  Run your thread through all

heART beats from other blogs!

Using newsletters to boost your jewelry sales 20 recipes using fresh corn before the season ends! Robbie's adorable beaded blue squirrel! Handling a hater in your booth (hint...they're not your customer, ever) Wire woven bracelet tutorial

Book review: The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry

Ann Martin has written a new book, published by Interweave , on the beautiful art of quilling.  Her twist is to apply this ancient art form to wearables!   The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry is a marvelous introduction to quilling techniques, and it might just become your next obsession!  I'm going to be doing a giveaway with this book very soon, so stay tuned!! Ann starts with the history of quilling, and introduces us to the wide variety of pre-cut strips with metallic edging.  She also shows you how to make your own, if you want to try it out before buying supplies, or if you're a purist about materials!  Besides the quilling strips, a few very basic tools are needed, most of which you probably already own.  The needle tool or slotted tool may be the only things you don't have, but you can substitute plain wire to try it out before buying a tool.  Otherwise, you will need some dowels, tweezers, scissors, a ruler, pins, glue, and basic jewelry-making tools. Th

Tribal Stripes bead embroidered pendant - a tutorial

I received a wonderful package of beads recently from Jesse James Beads , all from their new Tribal Stripes line.  It's part of their Afrika Afrika collection, new for late summer/fall.  Why did they send them to me?  So I could make some projects that you might enjoy doing! Materials + Tools Jesse James Beads Tribal Stripes inspiration bead mix Tribal Stripes mini bead mix Seed beads, size 11/0 Black Black matte White Red Seed beads, size 15/0 Black Tools Beading needles Scissors Nymo beading thread, black, size O Foundation fabric, like ultra-suede Double sided tape 1. Use a small piece of double sided tape to position your focal bead.  Stitch it down and surround it closely with back stitched matte black size 11/0 seed beads to stabilize it. 2. Continue to add rows of back stitch in color combinations that please you.  A few rows out, add some smaller focal beads for variety. 3. Add a couple more rows of back stitch, and cut out you