Mother nature's influence is always finding it's way into beads, jewelry and crafts. Whether it's flowers, rainbows, or scenes on the beach, the outside world is always coming into our studios. Today I want to look at one theme that gets mixed reviews. Some people adore insects of all...

It's amazing when you think of the millennia of geological time it takes to create these beauties! Inspirational Beading: What is your favorite technique or method to use them? Catherine: It all depends on the stones and how the Muses are feeling that day! The jaspers are so beautiful on...

Inspirational Beading: What is your favorite technique or method to use them? Ellen: Since I'm primarily a fiber artist, I mostly use beads as an embellishment for my knitted, crocheted, and needlefelted creations. My favorite use of beads in combination with fiber is to make fiber...

It's been far too long since we've had any blog love for Inspirational Beading readers. I appreciate each and every comment - except for the spam - and I only wish I had more time to really explore all of the great blogs by writers and beaders that visit every month. Today I want to share one...

It's always exciting to see a new country on the list of Inspirational Beading readers, and learn a little bit about where they come from. Vintage bead lovers and collectors know that Germany has been a major contributor to the glass bead trade in the last century. After World War II, many...

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...

to share photos of their latest creations, or links to interesting bead finds! I hope that the Inspirational Beading fan page will also be a place where beaders can ask questions about techniques and materials, which may allow us to start a Q&A segment here. If you have a question about...

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...

. There have been almost forty inspired beaders featured here in the last three years, each one with their own exciting ideas and techniques, and amazing portfolios of beading and artwork to share. Here are just a few of my favorites: I'm always on the lookout for unique designs to showcase...

 

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