Friday, July 17, 2009

In The Bead News: Summer '09

It's starting to heat up around here - summer has officially arrived! I love summer and surprisingly, it's the one time of year I get a lot of beadwork done. So, on that note, I thought I'd post some brief news to inspire you to take on a new bead venture....

New Beading Books:
*Creative Beading Volume 4 is due to hit the stands soon. It's loaded with great projects from Bead and Button's magazine 2009. You can view a sampler here.
*Marcia Decoster's Beaded Opulence is available, signed, from Marcia! Order here.
*Sharon Bateman's Contemporary Loom Beading was released in May and is available from Lark Books.
*Wendy Ellsworth's Beading - The Creative Spirit will be released in August: Pre-order it from
*Rachel Nelson Smith has a new book which can be pre-ordered from Interweave Press: Seed Bead Fusion. It looks gorgeous!
*Jamie Cloud Eakin whose book Beading With Cabochons remains one of the all time best sellers has a new book in the works. Bugle Bead Bonanza is due out January 2010 and can be preordered through

Kits and Supplies:
*Beadweaver is offering gorgeous metallic charlottes in her Etsy: Beadweaver shop. Of note: she has only a few of the Vitrail Butterfly kits left. Be sure to check it out before they sell out.

*Louise Hill has the magnificent Dichroic Aikos in her new Etsy shop. They are available in limited quantities. I used them in my award winning necklace Journey and Louise has used them in a number of her award-winning works. They're perfect for a special accent and great to have on hand in your bead stash.

*Amy Loh Kupser has great kits to go with her new book Just Bead'n Around.
*Check out Valerie Hector's new website which offers finished jewelry and kits.
*Diane Hyde keeps expanding her list of supplies and kits: Designer Findings.
*Laura McCabe just released a new kit: Dragon's Claw necklace.
*Marcia deCoster has wonderful kits on her new website: Marcia's Kits

Online Galleries: If you're looking for some eye candy, check out:
Julie Powell
Sue Hammes-Knopf; #2
Kathleen Lamberti
Teri Greeves
Sarah Fox
The Beaded Book

And a few of my Etsy favorites:
Triz Designs & Coralia
elJan & The Bead Aerie
A Luscious Thing & Bijoux Odalisque
Melanie @ Earthenwood & Irregular Expressions
My Tiny Studio

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