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Meet Mandi Olaniyi: Happy Accidents

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We launch 2023 with an introspective and innovative beader who designs pieces that are elegant and timeless classics, from simple to complex, jazzy to regal. Mandi Olaniyi is a self-taught beader who “jumped into beading and started designing.” She calls her designs “happy accidents” as they seem to “just happen.” Mandi named her jewelry design … Continue reading Meet Mandi Olaniyi: Happy Accidents

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December 2022 Ramblings by Cathy

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Katie Dean’s “Blackforest Gateaux Beaded Box"

As I sit and sip my tea with Sting playing in the background (I adore his Christmas album “If On a Winter’s Night…”), I’m in a contemplative frame of mind. I’ve been printing out the day’s orders, ready to fill them, and I’ve been musing on the last year here at The Beading Room. In … Continue reading December 2022 Ramblings by Cathy

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The Beadworkers Guild

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The Beadworkers Guild (The BWG) held its inaugural meeting and launched its magazine, The BWG Journal, in May of 1999 at The Great British Bead Show. From an initial group of a dozen or so U.K. bead enthusiasts convened by Jill Devon, who was the driving force and who served as the guild’s 1st chair, … Continue reading The Beadworkers Guild

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