Saturday, December 08, 2007

Christmas Gift Tutorials

art bead sceneIf you're looking for some wonderful gift ideas this holiday season, be sure to check out the Art Bead Scene's 12 Days of Christmas. The blog's contributors are each adding their own special tutorial and they're free. Click on the title above and you'll see the first four tutorials in action.
While you're out surfing, be sure to head on over to Melanie's blog to view her Queen of the Craft ornament tutorial (she's a steady source of inspiration!).
Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

10 Things Beaders Want for Christmas

Are you looking for that special gift for your favorite beader? Here's a list of 10 things we Beadweaver Fanatics would love to get:

1. A selection of beading threads: FoxDenDesigns.com offers a beautiful selection of C-lon thread in color-coordinated packs. Calico (browns/neutrals), Waterfall (blues/greens), and Sunset (reds/yellows) are $15 for a mix of 12 bobbins.


2. A package of 25 beading needles: Beaders can never have too many needles. SovaEnterprises.com sells the favorite John James of England in size 10 ($2.70) or size 12 ($3.10).


3. A tiny pair of extra sharp, extra pointy scissors: The best scissors I've come across are fly-tie scissors (A great tip from Pamela Welborn). I use Dr. Slick which retails for ~$13.



4. Beading Trays: I love these beading trays from Christina Wojcik of BeadDancing.com. They're made of Vellux and roll up for easy storage. Prices start at $15.


5. Swarovski Crystals: Don't worry about color, size, or shape - your favorite beader will love them all. Prices start at $8 for 144 from firemountaingems.com.


6. Tabletop Receptacle: Check out this mini trash can from SimpleHuman.com. Perfect for thread ends, broken beads, and any thing else that needs to be tossed. Nice looking too. $19.99

7. Ultimate Bead Storage: These popular storage boxes will be welcomed by any bead fan. Offered by Whimbeads.com, they come in 3 different arrangements and start at $5.75.


8. Best Bead Light: Ott light has cornered the market with their "True Color" series. Save your loved one's eyes and buy them an Ott Light. Prices start at $57



9. Lampwork beads: Beaders are always on the lookout for a beautiful and unique focal bead. With so many artists to choose from, where do you start? Check out some of the links from the International Society of Glass Beadworkers. (prices vary)


10. Peace and quiet. What beader wouldn't love an afternoon without interruption? Send a card with a promise note. Your favorite beader will love this gift best of all. (Priceless)

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