Tuesday, October 29, 2013

October Bead Stash Favorites

Although the biggest crafting season is now upon us, I find that inspiration for fall and holiday designs have yet to cross my workspace. I’m skipping way ahead and looking forward to next year’s beading challenge, and just making lots of old favorites with new colors and textures. This month my favorite beads are all about shape and color.

One of my favorite things about making netted collars is adding just the right accents to the outer edge for a fun trim, and the beads I look back on most fondly for this job are wood heishi. I recently treated myself to several strands in jet black and turquoise from Happy Mango Beads. They’re perfect for Egyptian collars, and they‘ve really been calling to me of late.

Wooden Heishi Bead Strands

While shopping around for accents that I needed for a custom piece, I came across a great little shop with lots of lovely Czech glass called The Dutch Tulip. I couldn’t resist grabbing several strands of these gorgeous multicolored lustered 3/o seed beads. They’re not that much bigger than Japanese 6/o’s, and I hope to find lots of fun ways to use them - the colors are so cheerful.

Czech Glass 3/0 Seed Beads

I’m not sure how just yet, but I’m determined to incorporate a few of these Czech glass tubes into some Egyptian designs. The blue hues and bold shape are just what I’ve been looking for. I picked these up on sale at Fire Mountain Gems - one of my new favorite bead sites for general beading supplies.

Czech Glass Oval Tubes

What kinds of beads are you working with right now?

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  1. I have been trying for TWO days to master past the first 2 inches of a necklace called "The Flame", it bargello stitch taken from the needlepoint by the same name. I have ripped it out about 6 times and have now decided to set it aside and come back to it at a later time. Going to start on a new Twins bracelet I just bought a tutorial for.

    1. It definitely helps to walk away sometimes - especially if you move on to something that you really relish. Hope the new project works out great!

  2. I don't have a use for those cheerful little seed beads (but you never know), however I want some just because they're so darn cute. Actually I found "wish list" items at The Dutch Tulip.


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