Herringbone Stitch Pendant Idea

Herringbone Stitch Pendant Idea For Bezeled Rivoli

Posted Svetlana Beading Ideas, Design Laboratory

Is there a free-form herringbone technique? Even if it is not, I used it to make this pendant. The Design Idea My idea revolved around a 12 mm Swarovski Rivoli element. The challenge was to create a free-form movement out of the herringbone stitched elements. I wanted them to be non-symmetrical but balanced enough to […]

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Beading Resolutions

Beading Resolutions

Posted Svetlana Tips

What do you want to achieve next year? What would you be proud of accomplishing? What is more realistic and doable? No matter how serious you are about your craft hobby, you want to have some goals set for the nearest future. “Yeah, right!” Resolutions I promise not to hoard I promise to sort beads […]

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Bracelet Tutorial with Honeycomb Beads

Bracelet Tutorial with Honeycomb Beads

Posted Svetlana Tips, Tutorials

Finally a bracelet, that is easy and quick to make! It doesn’t require learning any special stitches. This honeycomb bracelet tutorial is perfect for beginners. It is also good for everybody who likes creating little jewelry gifts for holidays. I included some tips on materials. As a person who embraces a change, I always look […]

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Rivers And Bridges Necklace

One Beaded Necklace: The Story Of Design Evolution

Posted Svetlana Design Laboratory

How often did you go through some of your old beaded pieces and wonder: what was I thinking creating this design? What happens when you no longer excited about your idea of a beaded piece you’ve started awhile ago? Is it more likely to end up in UFO pile or covered with new bead purchases […]

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Blue Lace Agate Pendant and Earrings Set

How To Teach Yourself CRAW Stitch

Posted Svetlana Tips

Cubic Right Angle Weave is called “the most versatile stitch” for a reason. I can’t imagine a thing this stitch couldn’t do. Serving many functions in beaded jewelry, CRAW is capable of adapting to numerous different beadwork applications. Ever since I learned it, I keep redesigning my already existing jewelry pieces in my mind using […]

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Bead Shopping in NYC - Bead Center - Inside of the shop view

Bead Shopping in New York City

Posted Svetlana Bead Business, Beads

Bead shopping in New York City can be rather expensive, but how could I possibly miss this opportunity? Going out to visit bead shops in Manhattan gives me the chance to get to know what components New Yorkers like to create with, when they are in a jewelry-making mood. New York retailers are known for […]

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Manus X Machina Exhibition - a bead artist's review

Manus X Machina Exhibition

Posted Svetlana Art Museums Exhibitions

Fashion in the Age of Technology Would you think true art of fashion design could not use machine labor? Recent Fashion in the Age of Technology exhibition in Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York proves: fashion industry always kept up with innovation in the best possible way. Two words described the essence of the […]

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Albion Stitch Explored

Albion Stitch Explored

Posted Svetlana Tips

Ever had an idea, but wasn’t sure how to implement it? I often draw a new project in my mind only to leave it in that imaginary form for a long long time. Why? I am not always sure what stitch I need to use for the elements of the design. This is when I […]

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Present And Sell Your Beadwork

How To Present And Sell Your Beadwork At Art And Craft Show – A Beginner’s Guide

Posted Svetlana Bead Business

So you think you can bead! Now what? Show and sell, of course! There are millions of ways to do that. After experimenting for several years I can share my own experience, thoughts, and observations. You are free to follow and experiment, or suggest your own ideas. To sell or not to sell? The first […]

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Earrings Tutorial. Crescent Beads. Modern Look.

Earrings Tutorial. Crescent Beads. Modern Look.

Posted Svetlana Tutorials

Do Crescent beads look inviting or intimidating? Try this complementary earring tutorial to see how easy it is to add another pair of earrings for your summer outings. I’ve been creating designs with Crescent beads for awhile. Every time it is an adventure. If you haven’t play with these beads yet, this earring tutorial will […]

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