Saturday, May 16, 2009

Inspiration Tip: Newsletters

Finding weekly, and even daily beading inspiration can be as easy as opening your email inbox. By signing up for various e-newsletters, a beader can find all sorts of ideas for color, technique and fashion trends. Here are just a few of the places where inspiration is waiting to happen:

Bead Stores

Most online bead shops offer newsletters filled with updates on sale prices, new stock and beading advice. It’s great to be the first to find out about a good deal on beads, but the pictures in the emails can be a source for inspiration, too. Whether it’s a new color combination, or just an interesting new art bead, store newsletters are often the start for great beadwork. Many shops also have some excellent tutorials and project ideas.

Hand Painted Panda Snuff Bottle, Chinese Bead Necklace

Photograph by Cindy Miller Hopkins

Beading Forums

Craft and beading websites like BeadStyle send out newsletters to members detailing upcoming issues and projects, editor blogs, forums posts and more. BeadingDaily members have access to tips on trends in beading and fashion, design advice and other inspirations. These and other newsletters can really help with that occasional, but inevitable, beader’s block.

Fashion Magazines

Most fashion magazines like Elle have websites filled with fashion news and trends. You can sign up for e-newsletters to get great ideas on jewelry styles, seasonal colors and more. These emails will keep you up-to-date on the latest fashions, and knowing exactly what kind of chic jewelry to make, so customers can match up with the in-demand clothing du jour.

Model Jean Patchett Modeling Well Chosen Jewelry, Setting Off a Classic Blouse of White Rayon Jersey

"Jean Patchett Modeling Well Chosen Jewelry..." by Nina Leen

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