Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I will see you all again in 2018!  Hope your holiday season is wonderful :-)

Nate, Lizzie, Cyndi, Mike (back)
Katherine, Dani, Julianna (front)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A few more things to amuse you!

I don't think I've told you yet about a couple of the Pinterest boards I've been busy filling...and two of them actually have something to do with jewelry and beading!  The third one, you might be able to guess from the image above, is purely self-indulgent :-)

Inspiring Handmade Beads

Trade Bead Beauties

AND...Amazing Shoes!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Do you need some more ideas?


Holy cow!  As if you didn't already have enough projects on your list, I've got a Pinterest board for you to (at least) double your list!  Jewelry making tutorials is open for your browsing pleasure!  Some are free, some cost a bit, but you'll find all different media covered here in jewelry making.  If I've missed any that you've found particularly helpful, will you drop me a line?  Thanks!

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Gift books for the holidays!

Each year, I like to share a list of books with you that I think are really the top picks from all the books published in this past year.  I still think that many of the books from prior years' lists are good too, and if you'd like to see them, they are linked at the bottom of this post.  Also, I keep running lists of all the books that pertain to specific topics and media, like wirework, bead embroidery, etc, all linked up at the Books tab at the top of every page.  And finally, if you are looking for all of the bead and jewelry books published this past year, just scroll down to the bottom of the linked page and you'll find them all listed by month.

My Top Pick for Everyone This Year:

Jewelry Making with Resin

For Beginners:

Jewelry Made with Wire and Fiber by Nealay Patel 
Jewelry Making with Resin by Theresa Abelew 
One Jump Ring: Endless Possibilities for Chain Mail Jewelry by Lauren Andersen 
Beginner's Guide to Beadweaving by Diana Rehfield
The Big Book of Jewelry Making: 73 Projects to Make by GMC Editors
Joyful Daily Stitching, Seam by Seam by Valerie Bothell

Advanced Topics:

The Art to Quilling Paper Jewelry by Ann Martin
Geometric Beadwork (Volume 1) by Jean Power
Beautiful Beadweaving: Simply gorgeous jewelry by Isabella Lam
The Art of Tatting Jewelry: Exquisite Lace and Bead Designs by Lyn Morton
Soutache: How to make beautiful braid-and-bead embroidered jewelry and accessories by Donatella Ciotti
Wire Jewelry: Beaded and Beautiful: 24 captivating jewelry designs by Irina Miech
Peyote Stitch Companion by Melinda Bart 
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
A Passion for Flowers in 3-D Peyote Stitch by Sheila Root
Not Just for Show: The Archaeology of Beads, Beadwork, and Personal Ornaments by Daniella Bar-Yosef Mayer and Clive Bonsall
Creative Wax Carving: A Modern Approach to an Ancient Craft with 15 Jewelry Projects by Emilie Shapiro

Oldies But Goodies:

Gift book recommendations for 2016
Gift book recommendations for 2015
Gift book recommendations for 2014
Gift book recommendations for 2013
Gift book recommendations for 2012

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Twelve Giveaways of Christmas!


Did you see that Beadaholique has started their Twelve Giveaways of Christmas and special sales?  They run every weekday until December 21.  You do not have to buy anything to enter!

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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Book review: Joyful Daily Stitching, Seam by Seam

I have several books on stitching seams for crazy quilts, and each time a new one comes out, I hesitate.  Do I really need another one?  But fortunately, I usually come to my senses and realize that I always learn something new and delightful in each new book!  So I joyfully (no pun intended) bring this book to your attention: Joyful Daily Stitching, Seam by Seam by Valerie Bothell.


Not only is it visually beautiful, but it is also possibly the best organized of all the CQ books I own.  The emphasis is on the seam stitching, although there are basic instructions for CQ piecing as well.

The photos of the stitches are beautiful and easy to follow, and many many stitches are shown in beaded varieties as well!  This section is followed by 500 different stitch combinations, using thread embroidery, silk ribbon embroidery, and beads.  You will want to start immediately!

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Monday, December 04, 2017

Red bead embroidered pendant with drops


I made this bead embroidered pendant a couple of years ago, but it looks so good with this year's Fall + Winter colors that I had to pull it out of my drawer again!  You'll find the free tutorial for it at the link.  

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