Thursday, January 9, 2014

January Bead Stash Favorites

Looking ahead to a new year of beading ideas, I can’t help but get excited about all of the designs and techniques I want to try. Of course, there’s always a fresh crop of interesting beads on the horizon, too! I’m compiling a new year’s resolution list of beads to try in 2014, but in the meantime, I’m also eager to try out some of last year’s acquisitions.

I had so much fun getting back into bead embroidery in 2013, and I hope to experiment with it even more. I’ve been slowly cultivating a new collection of coin beads to help with inspiration, particularly for medallions. These tiny 6.5 mm Czech glass flat rounds from Fire Mountain Gems are perfect embroidery accents, and the gorgeous opaque blue color will make for some beautiful designs.

Opaque Blue Czech Glass Flat Rounds

Several weeks ago I needed to stock up on pinch bicones for a custom project, and I couldn’t resist grabbing a few for myself from The Dutch Tulip. It’s been ages since I’ve had any in my stash, and most of them ended up featured in my destash challenge, so this time around I went with a color that I’d be sure to use often. The opaque lime green is just calling out to be paired with some delicious aqua!

Opaque Lime Czech Glass Pinch Bicones

Finally, I’ve got my eye on a few lovely tagua pendants from Lima Beads. I had many plans for simple jewelry designs last year that didn’t really get off the ground, but I’m still thrilled to have the supplies. I can’t wait to find new ways to use these pieces, if only because they are so touchable.

Tagua Nut Gypsy Hoop Pendants

Do you have a favorite bead type for the new year?

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  1. I just ordered my very first Delicas from Fire Mountain Ggems. After having looked through all the amazing, brilliant colors I received, I started a Kumihimo braid with eight of them and I'm hooked. Thier luster is incredible. I now wonder why I waited so long to order them. My next project with them is the herringbone ring pattern I purchased from you!

    1. Sounds like fun! I hope you enjoy the ring project. I've only tried it once with Delicas, and the texture they create is really interesting.


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