Friday, March 28, 2008

Heart To Hands: Robin Atkins' New Book

Robin AtkinsRobin Atkins, well known for the Bead Journal Project and her Bead Lust blog, has just announced her newest book, Heart to Hands Bead Embroidery. This long awaited and much anticipated edition is sure to be as wonderful as her previous bead embroidery books:
"Heart to Hands Bead Embroidery is for beaders, fiber artists, quilt makers and anyone interested in developing their own unique artistic voice. Here you'll find pictures, inspirations, project ideas, techniques and tips to make your bead embroidery distinctive, appealing and fun! Learn how to tell your heart’s stories with beads. Try 20 new stitch techniques for making spiral shells, ruffles, wildflowers, roots, barnacles and other exciting forms and textures."

To learn more, see more, and to pre-order your copy today (the book will be available ~May 1st), click on the title above!

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Size 15/o Delicas

susan mandelCaravan Beads has announced that Miyuki will begin producing size 15/o cylinder beads. For those of you who love to weave patterns using cylinder beads, size 15/o Delicas will offer the ability to create images with greater detail or to make large patterns smaller. To read more from Caravan Beads, click on the title above.

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Julia Pretl's Beaded Collars

Julia Pretl, author of the popular Little Bead Boxes and Bead Knitted Bags has a new book! Her latest is called "Beaded Collars" and features ten projects using ladder stitch to create beautifully beaded collars. I have Julia's Bead Knitted Bags on CD and I've also purchased patterns from her. Her patterns are well written and easy to follow. I expect this newest book to be just as wonderful. AJ at Erthefae blog has written a brief review of the new book, you can check out her impression by clicking here (scroll to the bottom of the post). Or simply click on the title above and you'll be redirected to Julia's website where you can order a copy. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Bead It Forward: Breast Cancer Quilt

Jeanette Shanigan has been hard at work, piecing together beaded squares for a quilt. The theme is "Life is beautiful like a rose, but beware of thorns". Jeanette is accepting squares through April 1st, so if you are thinking about contributing, now is the time... The quilt is scheduled to be auctioned at the Bead and Button Show in June. To see the amazing works contributed by beaders from all over the U.S., click on the title above. To access information on how to contribute to the quilt, click HERE (note: Jeanette has a pdf with instructions on the front page).

Monday, March 10, 2008

2008 Commemorative Bead

commemorative beadEach year, in celebration of the annual Bead and Button Show, a commemorative bead is designed by a lampwork artist. This year's bead is made by Kim Fields, known for her beautiful floral lampwork beads. The bead is available for purchase through the Bead & Button show - click on the title above and you'll be redirected to the order form. The B&B site is now listing this bead at extremely limited quantities. Order soon!!!

While you're at the Bead & Button Show site, be sure to check out the classes. There are a few that have sold out and some with limited seating, but also quite a few that are still open.

If you are unsure about which class to take, an absolutely beautiful design that you might enjoy - especially if you love all things vintage - is Diane Hyde's Vintage Echoes necklace (shown right). Diane does a beautiful job designing in the Art Nouveau tradition. Click HERE to go to her online class registration.
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Monday, March 03, 2008

Biloba Bijoux: A New Book & Website!

If you love the French style of beading and all things vintage, then you'll love Marie's newest book. And if you love her patterns, you'll find them all on her new website!

Bijoux tisses: perles a l'aiguille is a step by step illustrated guide to creating pendants, bracelets, and earrings in the French tradition. To see the book and order from, click HERE. (I've ordered one & can't wait to get it!) is Marie Geraud's new website. She offers single patterns ('bilofiches') that can be purchased through Paypal. Click on the title above to go to the site. Once there, click on the images on the left to see the patterns for sale. If you can follow diagrams, you can follow Marie's patterns.

"bagues" = rings; "boucles d'oreilles" = earrings; "pendentifs" = pendants
For more translations, try
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Sunday, March 02, 2008

Feedburner Hiccups

Dear Subscribers,
Just a note to apologize for the latest hiccup from my email server, Feedburner. You may have noticed the post you received today was from November 16th. Feedburner is very much aware of the problem. If they don't fix it, I'll switch to a different email server so this doesn't keep happening.
Sorry for the inconvenience.