Tuesday, December 29, 2015

New Beading in 2016

The craziness of Christmas week is finally behind us, and there are only a few days left of 2015! It’s hard to believe that we’re about to begin another year on Inspirational Beading. There are some amazing inspirations and lots of new tutorials on the way – 2016 is going to be a great year for beading!

Two weeks ago we had our final giveaway of the year, with a full suite of beading tutorials going to two lucky readers. Congratulations to our winners Hesther and CA, and thank you so much to everyone who entered. Your comments in this draw have been some of the most inspirating yet! This time I asked for your ideas and requests for new tutorials to feature here on the blog. It was such a pleasure to read all of your comments and learn about the stitches that you’re most interested in. I don’t usually respond to giveaway comments – to keep the draw accurate and fair – but I will definitely try to get back to each of you on this one. Your kind words and encouragement have made my year.

Many of the tutorials requested have already been covered (check out the full list of free beading tutorials for a look at what’s currently available) but I have been thinking about re-doing many of these techniques and updating them for new styles and beads. Peyote stitch, brick stitch, and bead embroidery were among the most popular stitches, and we’ll definitely cover those in both stitch tutorials and full projects in the coming months. I’d like to introduce a new Master Class series that will cover a single stitch from A-Z, with full projects to try whenever possible. Stay tuned for the first series!

I’m also working on some exciting new PDF tutorial projects for 2016, and I’ve made some changes to my current selection. Select projects are now available for commercial use – if you’ve purchased these PDFs as personal use projects in the past you’re automatically upgraded, so you can sell your creations as well! Open license projects include:

The Wavy Wedges Bracelet
The Right Angle Weave Bangle
The Herringbone Fringe Lariat
The RAW Lattice Cuff
The Strawberry Pendant
and Beaded Buttons and Toggles

The upcoming PDF projects will include some of my all-time favorite designs – I’ll keep you posted on new developments! If you have a particular design, stitch, or project that you’d like to see covered in 2016, please don’t hesitate to send me an email. I love to hear your ideas and questions.

Happy New Year!


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  1. Could you possibly please do a tutorial on cubic right angle weave and prismatic right angle weave? I don't know about the rights for the Hubble stitch, but I would love to learn that one for sure.

    1. RAW is definitely on the menu, and will probably be the focus of our second Master Class series. Hubble is trickier, but I will definitely look into it!

  2. I love the first bracelet pictured (blue, green, and larger ivory beads)--do you have a tutorial for that one?? Thanks so much!

    1. You bet! That piece is done in "Tila Openwork RAW" (although you could also use other large two-hole beads). The picture itself links to the stitch tutorial, and it is also linked under the Right Angle Weave list on the Beading Tutorials page.

    2. Thanks so much! I'll check it out straightaway. Happy new year!

  3. I look forward to the new Master Class series. It sounds like a great chance to practice and perfect a stitch.


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