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Meet Maria Rypan

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A beadwork designer, artist, researcher, teacher, and publisher, Maria Rypan’s work has been featured in many beadwork publications. Since 1995 she has taught beadwork classes internationally at bead shops, societies, shows, retreats, and at museum bead exhibits Maria’s beading specialty hails from her Ukrainian roots. From that tradition she shares her expertise in netting beaded … Continue reading Meet Maria Rypan

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Meet Floor Kaspers, Bead Artist Extraordinaire!

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  I love to join FB beaders’ groups, peruse Pinterest for inspiration, and deep dive into mainly seed bead creations wherever I find them. In this way, I’ve stumbled upon several bead artists whose work captivates, impresses, and inspires me. Today I’d like to introduce you to one such artist, Floor Kaspers of the Netherlands. … Continue reading Meet Floor Kaspers, Bead Artist Extraordinaire!

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Warp Speed

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Beadwork, in some form, has been around for at least 5,000 years. And although the origins are lost to us, there is fossilized evidence that as soon as we dressed ourselves – in Cro-Magnon days 30,000 years ago (!) – we found visual ways to communicate our individual status and artistry through embellishment. One form … Continue reading Warp Speed

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Delightful Delicas..

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All our delicas photographs have now been retaken and upgraded and I think it has made a huge difference to our delica category. I actually had quite a bit of fun testing out all the different settings on my camera and comparing them to ones I took with my husbands macro lens. I learnt quite … Continue reading Delightful Delicas..

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These beads are making a big ‘ripple’ in the bead world!

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We have been so lucky to be one of the first bead stores in North America to get our hands on these fabulous Ripple Beads by Preciosa. They are so named for the rippled edge they have all the way around their flat, disk shaped bodies. They are very versatile: you can use them strung … Continue reading These beads are making a big ‘ripple’ in the bead world!

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12 days of beading (on the eighth day…)

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Eight maids a milking..tricky to translate into a jewelry design.  But we do have something that is made up of eight strings for you!  This Festive Wreath Kumihimo Bracelet is pretty quick to make for a bead woven project (about 2-3 hours) and easy if you have done some Kumihimo before.  If you haven’t, please … Continue reading 12 days of beading (on the eighth day…)

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I Love This Site!

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We have discovered a great online resource called ‘Beading Daily’ which is published through Interweave Press (publishers of many of your favorite craft magazines). It is free to sign up and you instantly receive a great set of instructions for 5 pieces. There is a strong emphasis on beadweaving, with beautiful ideas for beginners and … Continue reading I Love This Site!

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