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The Essentials

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Don’t you adore beading as a hobby or art form? Supplies are not space hogs, like flower arranging or quilting … no expensive equipment is required … and I know that many beaders (even award-winners! shhh…) work at a plain old table! Bead projects can be travel buddies too! Take your travel tips from international … Continue reading The Essentials

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Solstice Beading or “Tame the Chaos with Beading”

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Our world is in chaos. The pandemic, which seemed to ease off over the summer, has returned with ferocity! And in our own beading world, on the heels of the demise of the Bead and Button magazine, an even worse calamity: the Swarovski line of top-quality crystals and (glass) pearls is withdrawing from the retail … Continue reading Solstice Beading or “Tame the Chaos with Beading”

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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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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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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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Dont feel Blue about Pantone’s Color of the Year 2020

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Our poor blog has been a bit neglected this past year but 2020 will change all that and we will kick off the new year by introducing Pantone’s color of the year – Classic Blue. Leatrice Eiseman – executive director of the Pantone Color Institute says ….. On their website Pantone describes this years color, … Continue reading Dont feel Blue about Pantone’s Color of the Year 2020

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Bring Your Designs to Life with Pantone’s Color of the Year 2019

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  This year’s chosen color is  Living Coral, a beautiful and vibrant golden pink shade of coral.  On their website Pantone describes the color as “An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.”  That describes this tone of coral perfectly: It is somehow vivid and … Continue reading Bring Your Designs to Life with Pantone’s Color of the Year 2019

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Why wax your thread?

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  It is something many of us beginners kinda overlook, particularly when using a braided polyethylene thread like Fireline.  But we shouldn’t forget to wax!  Waxing your thread helps you achieve a much better end result and makes the process of bead weaving so much easier. How it helps: it conditions your thread, keeping the … Continue reading Why wax your thread?

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