Hi everyone!

I’m currently in Oregon for Glass Stock! My website and Etsy store are both open while I’m gone and I’ll be sending out tutorials, but any “actual” items will have to be mailed when I get home.

Just a few classes coming up this month at the Gahanna Bead Studio:

Soutache Bead Embroidery. Be the first in Ohio to learn this popular technique! Sept 8
Intro to Wire Chainmaking, Full Series. Sept 29

Register online at http://www.gahannabeadstudio.com/views_GBS/view_classes.php

I am teaching at Crystal Bead Bazaar in Pittsburgh the the weekend of September 22. Take a look at the photo to the left! This is another version of the Faux Chainmaille Twins Beaded Bracelet, which we’ll also discuss in class!

Color Theory for Beaders. Sept 21
Garden Trellis Bracelet. Sept 22
Faux Chainmaille Twins Beaded Bracelet. Sept 23.

Register online at http://www.crystalbeadbazaar.com/class_schedule.asp

Charlene and I are setting up classes in Chicago at Caravan Beads for October. Want to see what I’m teaching? http://www.beadstogo.com/servlet/the-Classes-cln-0.–Visiting-Artist-Classes/Categories

Happy beading!


Pantone’s Color of the Year is Honeysuckle

Pantone suggests Honeysuckle will pair easily with the basics of black, navy, charcoal or light to mid gray. Also suggested are bronze greens.


While pink isn’t for everyone, there are lots of beads you can find in this color to use in your beadwork:


If you are into bling, Swarovski has crystals of all shapes and sizes. Look for Indian Pink, Rose and Rose AB to add the Honeysuckle color.


If you prefer more natural stones and materials, you can find bigger beads and cabochons in Rhodonite, Rhodochrosite, Pearls and Shells.

For beadweaving, Look for Delicas® in these great Honeysuckle colors. All of them are available on the Caravan Beads online sales site (http://www.beadstogo.com). Just click on the links!

  • ceylon color-lined raspberry ice (DB236)
  • silver-lined pink (DB625)
  • silver-lined frost dark rose (DB685)
  • transparent matte dark fuchsia (DB775)
  • transparent matte hot pink (DB778)
  • color-lined hot pink (DB902)
  • color-lined pink lipstick (DB914)
  • transparent dark rose (DB1308)
  • silver-lined dark pink (DB1338)
  • silver-lined pink rose (DB1341)
  • silver-lined dark rose (DB1342)
  • opaque dark rose (DB1376)

If you haven’t used this color in your beadwork before, looks like this is the year to try. Never be afraid to try something new and don’t forget to do it with your own style.


Thanks to Julie Hunkar and Guide To Beadwork for this article.