Her jewelry studio is always filled with beautiful, fun designs that feature a variety of materials, including natural stones in gorgeous colors. Inspirational Beading: What is your all-time favorite bead? Catherine: My all-time favorite beads? Boy, is that ever a hard question! Stones...

bead or material to pair these with? Ellen: I like the way wool has a little bit of fuzz to it. For instance, in this brooch, I enjoy the combination of the furry background with the smoothness of the beads: Sparkle Flower Brooch. And this bowl also has a fun combination of textures: Bounce...

One of my favorite things about creating Inspirational Beading, is having the opportunity to connect with beaders all over the world. Thanks to instant translation, I can share with bead lovers in dozens of languages, and it makes me so glad to live in the internet age. Inspirational Beading...

To celebrate how far Inspirational Beading has come, we're going to go back and take a look at some posts from three years ago, and how different they are from what you'll find here today. There were only three posts in August 2008, and all of them were part of the original concept: The...

I was very excited when I noticed that Turkey was one of the top visitors to Inspirational Beading in August, and I couldn't wait to start searching for some gorgeous bead and jewelry inspirations from this wonderfully exotic part of the world. Turkey is one of the world's oldest inhabited...

Compared with previous months, November 2008 was a fairly steady month here on Inspirational Beading. Although there were only three posts in all, I was beading steadily and chronicling each piece with a new found momentum. I was really starting to like the concept of beading and blogging side...

Before I tell you about some new and exciting things happening here on Inspirational Beading, I want to extend a huge thank you to all of my readers. Your visits and comments make writing worthwhile, and I hope I can continue to bring you lots of inspiration and fun beading ideas for years to...

. The addition of shiny jet black 8/o seed beads creates a spooky vibe that's just right. Frog Spawn is very similar to the first palette, but the changes in shape add new dimensions. The lustered coral 11/o seed beads aren't quite as bold as the pumpkin orange, but they do have a kick. I...

seed beads look just like coconut milk, and their smoothness is a nice contrast to the matte finish of the shells. I topped them off with transparent rootbeer 11/o seed beads. This trio is a great example of how a slight variation in hue can change the mood of a palette. Switch the topaz...

Three years ago this month, Inspirational Beading had only one post. But, considering the amount of work behind it, it was a big one. After what seemed like weeks and weeks of stitching, I shared an incredibly ambitious bead embroidery project. In square inches, it might be the largest piece I...

 

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