Snippets from a bead artist.


New Tutorial for the New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!!  I hope your new year brings much love and good times to each of you!!

I published my last tutorial for 2013 today, called Changeable Chain, and I have to say it was soooo much fun playing around with all the variations on the basic chain idea.  It's all right angle weave, and it can be changed up so many ways... I did six versions plus one for myself !  ;)   The basic chain only needs two sizes of seed beads, and the variations call for some cylinder beads as well, and some nice 2mm beads.  (I am seriously in love with swarovski 2mm crystal rounds and am heartbroken that they are being discontinued - grab some up while you can!!!!)  If you don't have 2mm's you can always substitute a size 11 bead or a 3mm crystal or pearl if you'd like to go larger.  I'm still toying with variations... they would work as purse straps for small embroidered bits, or straps for a pendant, or maybe three little ovals would look nice as earrings, and a short bit could be a ring very easily...  :) :)   If you'd like the tutorial, it's available HERE in my Etsy shop.

I wanted also, to take a second and to just say thank you - to everyone who I'm friends with on Facebook, and everyone who follows my blog, and everyone who supports NEDbeads in any way... you are all, each and every one of you, completely awesome and wonderful!  I am so grateful for all of the love and encouragement and support that you have all given me this last year.  I hope to find some ways to pay it forward in the coming year, and I appreciate it all so much.  I'm looking forward to new pathways in beading and explorations of the beady world at large in the new year, and have set myself a goal to try to complete a full year's worth of the Bead Journal Project, too.  All my best wishes on YOUR new endeavors in the new year!


To Everyone, Everywhere...

from Nancy, Sherwood, and all of our furry family to you and yours, wherever you may be.  We hope that you have peace and joy and especially love, in anything you may do to celebrate the season, and wish you the very best of the New Year!

(I was unable to find the author of the image, but it isn't mine, and I don't intend any infringement.)


Winners for the Component Giveaway

Teddy picked one and Nikki picked the other!  Thanks so much to everyone who entered in, I'm really happy that so many people liked the little pieces.   I'm sorry that I don't have any pics of the two pups picking names - Sherwood was at work, and I wanted to salvage the pieces so I could read the names, and you have to be quick!

Teddy picked Karin of Backstory Beads - yay!  I really love what Karin makes, and so I am super excited to see what she does with my little experiment.  :) :)  This is just one gorgeousness of Karin's - just WOW!!

 Beadwork by Backstory Beads

Nikki picked Bobbie of Beadsong Jewelry, which is also mega cool, because I know how fabulous Bobbie's jewels can be - check out what she did with one of the bead soups I sent her for the Bead Soup Blog Party when we were paired up!!

Beadwork by Beadsong Jewelry

Ladies both, I have sent emails to you asking for your mailing addresses (I can't find yours, Bobbie!), so if my mail goes to spam…  let me know!!  Thanks again, and I hope you all will come back and enter again when I get to the next giveaway.