Tag Archives: Bead & Button Show

USA and the Bead & Button Show 2014

Phew, what a whirlwind time it’s been; my feet hardly touched the ground! I can’t believe I’m actually back home now, the days just flew by. I had a great time at the B&B, with lots of new students in … Continue reading

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St Olave Necklace – New Colourway

Not only does it come in Crystal AB, but I’ve just finished a new colourway for St Olave necklace kit – Peridot and Light Bronze; I’m not sure if I got these gorgeous emerald AB spikes from www.yorkbeads.com or Stitchncraft … Continue reading

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The Bead & Button Show 2013

The phrase “Bead & Button” has been with me ever since I bought copy #2 of the magazine from the Bead Shop in Tower Street, in 1994. I was a serial dabbler in beadwork at that stage but had no … Continue reading

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The Great British Bead Show 2013

Arriving home from the Great British Bead Show, 2013, I was greeted with such a mountain of paperwork for the family bizz,  and preparation to do for the Bead & Button Show next month, that it’s taken me this long … Continue reading

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Video Tutorial – Techniques: Odd Count Peyote Stitch

This Beadschool tutorial is about Odd Count Peyote Stitch. The clue is in the name – you are working in rows of an odd number of beads. Flat, odd count Peyote stitch (just like even count) is great for making … Continue reading

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Video Tutorial – Techniques: Even Count Peyote Stitch

This Beadschool tutorial is about Even Count Peyote Stitch – that means you are working on rows of an even number of beads. Flat, even count Peyote stitch is great for making little bracelets, book marks, wall-hangings, beaded book covers, … Continue reading

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Video Tutorial – Materials: Fireline

Fireline is a great beading thread although it was developed as a fishing line so it comes in many strengths. The main ones used in beadwork are 4lb and 6lb. It’s strong and quite resilient when using crystals (even good … Continue reading

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Video Tutorial – Materials: Needle Sizes

In this video I discuss needle sizes and choosing the right ones to use for different bead sizes. The needles range from size 10 to size 16 and the seed beads range from size 8 to size 20. A helpful … Continue reading

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Video Tutorial – Materials: Bent needles

Almost every beadworker has bent needles in their stash, because they’re so handy for getting into awkward little places. Beading long term with a bent needle can cause problems to your finger and thumb joints because you may be holding … Continue reading

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Video Tutorial – Tips & Tricks: The best way to pick up beads.

I see many students who are new to beading, struggling to pick up their seed beads and crystals. Try this really helpful technique and you’ll never look back! In this video I’m wearing: Isabella necklace in the Aqua colourway. I’ll be … Continue reading

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