In every issue of Beadwork you'll find all-new irresistible necklace designs, must-have bracelet patterns, and can't-miss tips. Explore your favorite techniques such as peyote, right-angle weave, herringbone, and more. PLUS be confident every step of the way with fully illustrated step-by-step instructions.
Design Choices Lead to Process
cool stuff • MEREDITH STEELE
Susan Sassoon: Beading Architect • Building a Calling and Community Through Beadwork
Eva Crystal Bracelet
Monet’s Garden Lariat
Floret Post Earrings
TOHO SEED BEADS The Beauty of Eastern Treasures
Jewelry Design Tips from the Pros Expert Advice from Beaders & Bead Weavers
Mama Got Rocks Necklace
Color Block Bangle
Around The World • These seven designers have used patterned bone, saturated gemstone colors, elephant and dragon motifs, and wood and paper beads to represent the varied styles of Thailand, Japan, Africa, Egypt, India, and China.
Elephant Walk • This exotic necklace is illustrative of Thailand in two ways—it incorporates the national animal of Thailand, which is the elephant, and gold elements, which symbolize Thailand as the “land of gold.”
Ginkgo Leaf • This artist combined an assortment of Asian symbols into an exotic-looking design. The Chinese dragon represents power and good fortune, the color red symbolizes good luck in China, the ginkgo leaf signifies longevity in Japan, and the kimono is a traditional Japanese garment.
Bollywood Swingin’ • With bright colors and lots of movement, this collar is as fun and energetic as a Bollywood dance number. Use colorful seed beads to embellish and customize the focal section, then use simple connections to link the rest of the elements together.
Batik Goddess • This artist was drawn to a primitive spiral pendant and geometric batik beads while attending the Tucson bead shows. The spiral motif represents evolution, growth, creation, and the divine feminine. The contrasting patterns on the batik beads are influenced by animals and nature. Together, they inspired this multi-strand ethnic design fit for a goddess!
Afrobeat • This colorful necklace is characteristic of Afrobeat, a musical style that incorporates elements from Africa and around the world. The paper beads are from BeadforLife.org, a non-profit that provides entrepreneurial training for women in 10 countries across Africa.
Cleo’s Collar • Combine deep blue and red gemstones with bright gold components for a regal Egyptianstyle collar fit for a queen. The evil eye symbol is found in many cultures and is believed to deflect bad luck. It’s a symbol of protection and power.
Mindfulness and Healing with Natural Materials • PORTIONS EXCERPTED FROM MALAS: A HOW-TO GUIDE FOR MAKING AND USING MALAS