I received a copy of my friend Cathy Jakicic's new book, Quick and Easy Stitched Jewelry. It includes 20+ necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more.
"Explore the exciting stitching techniques without a huge time investment."
This is right up my alley. One of the things that keeps me from doing more bead weaving is the time investment. As a mom of two under the age of two, I don't have a lot of extra time. I like projects that I can complete easily in one sitting. This book definitely offers that. I love how some of the instructions offer easy to read diagrams. Bead weaving can get confusing, especially with teeny tiny beads.
So if you are a beginner when it comes to bead stitching or are more advanced but looking for some quick and easy project ideas, this book is definitely for you!
Wow! Two published designs in one week! In addition to my kumihimo design, I have a new design in Stringing inspired by Carnival. This design is light and easy to wear in the summer.
Hey-hey, I have a design to check out in the latest special issue from Kalmbach Publishing on pages 62-63. I used Soft Flex Extreme beading wire on a kumihimo disk to create the design shown above. The magazine offers full instructions!
Materials (based on one bracelet):
Pro Econoflex .019 Gold Color - 45 inches
11/0 seed beads - 25
3x3mm crimp tube - 1
4mm crimp cover - 1 (You can also use craft wire to cover the crimp.)
Mighty Crimping Pliers
Chain Nose Pliers
Bead Stoppers - 2
1. Clip three 15" pieces of wire together with a bead stopper.
2. Use the middle strand to string 25 seed beads. Clip the seed beads onto the wire using another bead stopper.
3. Braid the wires together. Every time the wire with the beads lands in the middle of the braid, slide one bead up into the braid. Continue braiding the wires for about 6 1/2 – 7", adding or subtracting beads as necessary. The finished result needs to slide over your hand.
4. Use all three strands of wire to string a crimp tube. Pass all three strands of wire from the other side through the crimp tube in the opposite direction, creating a circle. Pull tight and crimp the tube. Cover the tube with a crimp cover.
New techniques for using Soft Flex beading wire.
Sara Oehler and I created 8 modern bracelet designs in the Soft Flex Bracelet Projects Booklet using the techniques crimping, knitting, braiding, weaving and knotting with Soft Flex beading wire.
Today, I am sharing a video Sara created showcasing 6 designs from the booklet. You'll see that the projects show a broad range of ideas plus, you'll learn about beading wire brands, diameters, crimps, crimping pliers, kumihimo boards, macrame boards and knitting on a spool; giving you a lot of value.
Our hope is that you'll be inspired to try new techniques in addition to stringing projects with Soft Flex beading wire.
Kristen Fagan is a multi-passionate creative and a graphic designer for Soft Flex Company.
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These wonderful crimping pliers will change the way that you bead! They take a tubular shaped crimp tube and make it into a bead while cinching it down onto the nylon coating of the wire. I highly suggest that you stick to using Soft Flex crimps and beading wire for the best connection. Our crimps have double the wall thickness of most and therefore work very well with these pliers. Our beading wire has a premium nylon coating that allows the crimp to cinch down tightly. Some of the other brands use a nylon that is too slick to get a really good and strong connection.