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Meet Jamie Cloud Eakin – Life is Too Short to Wear Ordinary Jewelry

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Jamie Cloud Eakin’s name is synonymous with beadwork. Jamie’s love of beads expresses itself in designs that can be complex and exquisite or easy and fun. Over the last two plus decades, Jamie has shared her expertise as a professional bead artist in books and many downloadable projects; she is an artist, teacher, and perpetual … Continue reading Meet Jamie Cloud Eakin – Life is Too Short to Wear Ordinary Jewelry

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Meet Neva Brown

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We have introduced you to bead artists from the Netherlands, US, and Canada, and this month we dive “down under” to acquaint you with Aussie Neva Brown. Neva’s artistic talents first expressed themselves through both interior and graphic design, fields in which she has been professionally successful for many years, and in which global clients, … Continue reading Meet Neva Brown

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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 Suzanne Golden.

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If you are a beader who yearns for color – or maybe fears color! – prepare to be inspired to the max by the work of January’s profiled bead artist, Suzanne Golden. In Suzanne’s words, “Color is my biggest influence. I see everything from people to nature in terms of color, and am inspired to … Continue reading Meet Suzanne Golden.

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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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🎶Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow! 🎶

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I adore autumn. I resist summer’s end with the first few leaves that begin turning, but only momentarily! Within a few weeks, as morning shadows lengthen and more leaves colour, I look forward to the coziness of fall. The season brings rain and cooler temps to most of Canada, and makes our crafting time all … Continue reading 🎶Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow! 🎶

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Fair Fall and Fall Fairs

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When August speeds along (far too quickly), I know that soon enough leaves will glow with color. Fall’s energy differs entirely from summer’s hectic sun-drenched activities. It’s cozy. And fall sees the beginning of one of my favorite activities: the craft and art show circuit. Perhaps you love beading so much that you pretty much … Continue reading Fair Fall and Fall Fairs

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All That Jazz

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What can I say about 2020? I’ve seen every imaginable variation of “good riddance” in recent newsletters (my fave was the Grinch saying 2020 “stink, stank, stunk”!!). It’s been a year for the historians, social scientists, medical researchers, and political pundits to ponder for decades to come. Let’s leave it at that, shall we? Let’s … Continue reading All That Jazz

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Expectations

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The other day, I allowed myself to be dragged down the rabbit hole that is Pinterest. Oh yeah. Some days I dream about home décor and fill my folders with photos of beautiful rooms, but this time I perused bead-lust topics! Beaded jewellery, beaded earrings, beaded anklets, embroidery and curtains, oh my! As I meandered … Continue reading Expectations

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Etched Seeds Stretchy Bracelet

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This bracelet is so much fun to make and so easy to wear! It has the wonderful look of a woven bracelet but no clasp, so can easily be slipped on the wrist. It is altogether more relaxing to weave this way! You don’t have to strain to hold the tension or be afraid to … Continue reading Etched Seeds Stretchy Bracelet

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It’s Never Too Early to Bead for the Holiday Season

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I grumble – every single year – that the Holidays snuck up on me! As if! It’s just me who is not organized, forgets to plan, and doesn’t always manage her time well. I thought that if I could use a nudge, maybe others would appreciate a reminder as well. Whether you celebrate Diwali, Bodhi … Continue reading It’s Never Too Early to Bead for the Holiday Season

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Is This Happening To You?

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Across Facebook, crafters in stitching, sewing, and beading groups are voicing the same complaint. “I’m frozen” some beaders lament. “I still order and then my new beads sit idle, but I am sure my mojo will return,’ say the optimists! And these conversations draw hundreds of replies. (Of course! After all, we are all affected … Continue reading Is This Happening To You?

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June 2020 – In and Out of Fashion

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Sometimes I think that the saying “nothing is certain but death and taxes” should be amended to include changes in fashion.We are pressured to fit in by conforming to seasonal changes, and, if ignored, we might find our stylistic failures the fodder or trendy articles! (I’ve recognized my own fashion follies, but hey, I’m no … Continue reading June 2020 – In and Out of Fashion

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Project by The Beading Room ‘Angelic Earrings’

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We made a variation of these a couple of years ago and turned the little angels into bookmarks.  This year we made them into cute earrings and had to share the idea! What you need: 2x Silver Plated Earring Hooks 2x Silver Plated Eye Pin 2.13inch 22 Gauge 2x Rhinestone & Silver Metal Rondelle 6mm … Continue reading Project by The Beading Room ‘Angelic Earrings’

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Project by The Beading Room: ‘Vintage Christmas Charm Bracelet’

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Christmas is the perfect time to make jewellery with a little fun and whimsy.  We loved the quality and style of TierraCast’s seasonal charms the minute we saw them, and knew a charm bracelet had to be made!  The vintage feel of the designs and lettering on them, combined with the crystal red pearls, gives … Continue reading Project by The Beading Room: ‘Vintage Christmas Charm Bracelet’

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Project by The Beading Room: ‘Tango Mosaic’ Necklace

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  If you haven’t tried working with Epoxy Clay yet you need to do this project!  Some people are intimidated by the thought of working with this medium but it really is quick and easy to use.  We love the way these new Tango Beads can be configured into fun mosaic designs.  We have used … Continue reading Project by The Beading Room: ‘Tango Mosaic’ Necklace

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Project by The Beading Room: ‘Sunshine Dreams’ Bracelet

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There’s something about turquoise and white that reminds me of the tropics.  I designed this with heading south in mind; I incorporated gold, copper and silver into the piece so it could be worn with almost anything.  Don’t be afraid to mix metals!  Sometimes the contrast between metals really makes the design stand out. What … Continue reading Project by The Beading Room: ‘Sunshine Dreams’ Bracelet

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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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Project by Preciosa: Kumihimo and The Preciosa Pip

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Check out this stunning project from Kerrie Slade for Preciosa!  We love Pips, we adore Kumihimo, so what could be better?  The effect is beautiful.  If you haven’t tried Kumihimo yet (where have you been!?!?) we do this great kit with everything you need to get going on this fun technique of Japanese braiding.   … Continue reading Project by Preciosa: Kumihimo and The Preciosa Pip

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