Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Beadweaver Button & Link

If you'd like to link to my site, I've created a button!

If you have a PC, right click on the image above to save to your computer and upload to your blog or website. For Mac's just drag and drop to your desktop and upload from there. Don't forget to link the image back to my blog:

For blogging beginners: Buttons are added to your blog template. Click on the title above to learn how to create links. If you're looking for a button generator, try here, here, and here. My "Fetch Beads" button in my sidebar was created at Lucca Zappa's site. My blog button I created with Adobe Illustrator.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! for linking to me. And let me know so I can link back to you! Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Vintage Couture

Couture Allure is a blog (and ebay seller) that specializes in all things vintage. Couture that is! Clothing, purses, jewelry, hats, shoes, the list is endless. I find a lot of inspiration for my beadwork from past styles and designs - some designs are timeless. For example, if you click on the title above (or the image right), you'll see a lovely little spring/summer dress in black and white with red-center daisies. It's as perfect for today as it was for yesterday! I really enjoyed going through the ebay store, which is very well organized. I clicked on the "50's Fashion" and found a fun beaded circle skirt dress which is as glamorous as it is beadutiful (featured left). I find things as simple as fabric designs and color combinations to be a great inspiration for beadwork. Or how an item is put together - what's it's focal point? What does the piece say - feminine? geometric? sophisticated? - and how does it accomplish that? To see the blog of Couture Allure, click on the title above. From there you will be able to access the ebay stores to see prices. Caution - you might find something you can't live without! It's a great site, rich with inspiration and a reminder of what makes fashion so fashionable. Enjoy!
(Images: Courtesy of Couture Allure)

Monday, March 27, 2006

Hungary: More Beautiful Beadwork

There are so many talented beadweavers across the continents! Csilla and Hajni are from Hungary and share a website which features a variety of designs that are lovely. If you click on the title above, you will see their dual pages - both accessible from the same home page. To view each artist's gallery, click on "Galeria". To inquire about these items (special order) click on "Vasarlas". Enjoy!!
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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Monkey Biz at the Nancy Hoffman Gallery

Last year the Nancy Hoffman Gallery held an exhibit called "Monkey Biz" which featured works from a South African non-profit organization. 450 women participate in this organization and create beaded works for sale. The web link I've provided in the title above takes you directly to individual images of items in the exhibit. All are unique and wonderful pieces. To see the installation, click here.

As you scroll down the page through the gallery images, take note that there are four pages of individual items to view. On page one is a brief overview of the Monkey Biz project and on page two is a special word about their creation of "Monkey Press" and their first publication "Positively HIV" which is illustrated with beaded figures. They've gone on to open a medical clinic to help the beaders and their communities. It's a great organization doing great things in a very positive and beadful way. I hope you enjoy their story as much as their artwork.

To learn more about Monkey Biz' Beadwork Initiative, click HERE and be sure to read their "services" section. You can order their products and support them through their website. I've also added them to a new link section on the right "Support Beaders"!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

How to Create a Beaded Bag

Kralenwerk's website has wonderful images and instructions for beaded bags. The site owner specializes in recreating lovely vintage and antique bags for costume wear. What I found most useful was the step by step images for attaching beaded bags to frames. You can purchase antique and vintage bags without frames on eBay for a reasonable price, but the trick is often replacing the lining and finding and attaching an appropriate frame. If you adore these types of bags but would like to bypass the knitting construction, then click on the title above to learn how you can finish a vintage piece. Not all of the pages are interpreted, but the visuals are outstanding and speak for themselves. Happy Spring!
PS While you're there, be sure to check out the "Links" section for wonderful webpages of beadwork in the Netherlands!

Friday, March 17, 2006

Antique Beaded Bags, Purses & Reticules

I love beaded bags and wish I knew how to knit or crochet to create them. I found this wonderful website that has a listing of beaded bags - both for sale and those in the site owner's private collection. Click on the title above to take you to the website where you can explore these little beauties. I know of only a few artists who currently produce these items: Julia Pretl has a CD on bead knitting, Carol Perrenoud has a video on bead crochet, and Kathryn White has beaded bags and kits for sale. Arhyonel Beadwork has a wonderful list of sources. To purchase victorian styled purses, go to Victoria's Jewelry Box. Have fun!
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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Raven Eve's Gothic Beaded Jewelry

I discovered this wonderful website a few days ago. Raven Eve creates eye catching "Gothic" jewelry. Some of her designs are absolutely stunning. I've included a link to her Dream Jewelry page in the title above, but you can see all of her designs by clicking on her home page listed at the bottom of her site. Enjoy and have a wonderful day!
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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Bead Inspired Canada

Bead Inspired Canada is an online magazine free to the internet community. It features quarterly issues filled with bead projects from a variety of well known and lesser known artists. Click on the title above to get to their home page. You can download back issues by clicking on their current or archived issues in the menu at the top. Enjoy!
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Monday, March 13, 2006

Mazel Tov! Jewelry Beadwork Tutorials

Cyndi L has a wonderful site filled with link and beadwork tutorials. Click on the title above to see her lovely designs and find instructions for these creative beauties! Thank you Cyndi for sharing, it's just beautiful work!
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Another Wonderful Bead Artist

I found a beautiful album of beadwork this morning via the BeadChat group on Yahoo. I've included a link in the title above. The artist's name is Christina. What's wonderful about the album is you can see her style progress. Be sure to click on the small picture of her work to see her album. Have fun!
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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Bead Woven Dresses

Gail Be's fashionable jewelry ranges from demure to wild. Some of her most interesting creations are her dresses - fully beaded (netted) pieces with sequined leaves in all the right places. I've included a link to these beautiful creations in the title above. My first impression of the blue dress was "This belongs in Vegas!" Then there's the peacock skirt which is something to behold...Check it out!
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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Kate McKinnon's Rings

If you're looking for a fun way to show off your favorite lampwork bead, check out Kate McKinnon's rings. They're made in two sizes - small and large - to accomodate most lampwork bead sizes. They're beautiful designs. She's currently sold out on her large shanks but promises that new designs will be coming soon. Have fun!
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Monday, March 06, 2006

Not Martha?!

What some people do with food is just too funny. If you need a good laugh today, check out I've provided a direct link to her "Hostess Snack Cake Sushi" which features little yummy gummy fish tied up on top of powdered donut halves. Although I'm not really sure if she's joking. Hmmm..........
Be sure to also check out Clare Crespo's "Pond Pie". I remember looking at pond water under a microscope in Biology class. Ewwwwwww. Have fun!

Another Link Category Added

I've added another category of links on the left: "Learn To Weave". Under this category you'll find my tutorials plus additional classrooms by other artists on the web. I've also included a link to Greg Vinson's Guide to Beadwork, which is a great place to start for beginners. I'll add more sources as I find them, so check back often!

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Featured Pattern on Sale!

In honor of this month's blog make-over, I'm offering a favorite pattern of mine for half price. "Make Lemonade" was the first pattern I offered for sale on It's an amulet bag with the front side depicting lemons and the back side showing lemonade (hence, the name!). I love this little pouch - it's cheery and perfect for Spring and Summer. Click on the title above to take you to the pattern and be sure to look around too, there's lots of goodies on the site!
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New Links Feature

I've added a new feature to this site. You can now click on a highlighted word within the body of the article to link to a page. For example, in my post on beads and stencils, click on projects to get to the project page of Goddess Design's site. I've also updated my Beadscape article to include links to sources. I think that's very important. I hope this new feature makes navigating my site much easier.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Goddess Designs: Beading with Stencils

Goddess Designs is one of the earliest stencil companies to put their products on the net. I've followed them for years and I really like their designs. They've just added some miniature stencils - all perfectly sized for fabric painting and adding beads. Imagine using the "Three Circle Dancers" as a stencil for a bracelet and adding beaded accents....the possibilities are endlessly fun! To see their line, click on the title above - and be sure to check out their projects page. Enjoy!
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Thursday, March 02, 2006


I was writing an article for Beadweaver earlier today about dual booting of Mac OS and Windows XP on the IBM Thinkpad and what it might entail in the future for users of Beadscape. Of course, this was all predicated on two things: One, that Beadscape was going to finally come out with the updated version they've been promising since 2004. Two, that the new Mac OS ("Intellese") would continue to offer a Classic platform. Apparently I was wrong on both counts. Not only is Apple planning on dumping the Classic feature in Intel OS's (rendering Classic software obsolete) but worse, the creators of Beadscape - Gigagraphica - recently announced that they are no longer going to upgrade Beadscape.

For now, those of us with a Mac and Beadscape will have to hold on to our computers to run our program. If you haven't purchased Beadscape but have always wanted to, you still can, you just have to use a Mac that doesn't run on the Intellese platform. Let's just say our prayers that somehow this will out work out in the end. Maybe Apple will make them a deal they can't refuse? (Beadscape has no plans to be sold). My fingers remain crossed.
PS: Graphic inspired by Dori over at (as well as source info)

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Francie Broadie's Beadwork

For some fun and funky beaded items, check out Francie's site. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

New Links Added: Eye Candy

As part of my make-over, I've added a new category in the sidebar called "Eye Candy". Here you will find links to well-known and little-known artist's galleries. I will continue to add links as I find them, so check back often. Enjoy!
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