Sep 26, 2016

Pathway Cuff Bracelet Kits!

With beadshop's huge selection Superduos that come in loads of color options, there seems to be no end to the design possibilities with the Pathways Cuff. But, sometimes you want to get right to the fun of beading, so that is when kits can make your life easier and the fun more immediate. 

These kits are so popular that they come in and out of stock, so we are happy to announce a few have recently returned. 

Green Gables is back in stock and combines beautiful hues of green along with a hint of teal and copper.

Then there is Covered Bridge available again. These colors are perfect for fall, and each kit comes with all the beads you need.

Cobblestone's neutral colors will go with everything. Even for those who have not done a lot of beadweaving, you will find that you pick this up in no time. Weaving with herringbone stitch is relaxing and a perfect project when the weather turns crisp outside.

You can download the free handout even before you pick out a kit, but make sure not too wait to long and miss out. Of course, you can also add it to your beadshop wishlist

Sep 23, 2016

Beads! Who knew?

Hi Everybody, I'm Kate Richbourg and it's so great to meet you at the Bead Table. Some of you may know me from my metalworking classes, articles, and two bestselling books Simple Soldering and Metalsmithing Made Easy. But before I was bitten by the metal bug, I fell in love with beads.

In 1992, while looking for a part time job while toying with the idea of grad school I stumbled across a want-ad in the local paper. It read "The Bead Shop is hiring." "Wait, what?" I thought. "There is a shop that just sells beads?" I had a bit of retail experience and I liked all kinds of crafty pursuits, so I thought, "Why not?" and applied.

The first bead.
I got the job. And I was bitten by the bead bug in the very first week. I still have the very first bead I ever purchased. In our Palo Alto store, we had a case of vintage beads. They were all so special. Holdovers from the days when Janice and her mother Lydia sold beads and antiques in that store space.
Beads from The Bead Shop

This is the bead. An old carnelian beauty. It's about 1" square. It has some dings and wear. I love it.

There have been many beads since that first one. Glass, semiprecious, handmade lamp work beads. So many beads that I collected and saved. Beads that we made especially for different occasions at The Bead Shop.

I still have those two as well. They have found a home in my bead stash.
A favorite necklace made from my bead stash.

I worked at The Bead Shop for 10 great years. In my position as Class Director I developed countless classes and met amazing students. I made friends amongst our staff that I still have to this day. I left The Bead Shop in late 2002 to continue on my career path. It included owning my own bead store in San Francisco, teaching my classes at national bead shows and working for a variety of different companies in the bead and jewelry business. I also authored countless magazine articles and two books. Little did I know, that little want-ad in the newspaper would hand me my life's work and passion.

And now what goes around, comes around. I am so pleased to be back as part of the family. I have a lot of fun things in store for you. New projects, tutorials, videos... the sky is the limit! It's a pleasure to meet all of you and feel free to reach out and say hello. Find me at kate (dot) beadshop (at) gmail (dot) com. And thanks, Janice. It's good to be home.

Bracelet Designs New for Bollywood

They are here! And you can sneak a peek now at some new Bollywood designs, a project that is mega popular with many bead lovers. This is a wonderful project to attempt over a weekend, and it is accessible to all ages. Be prepared with enough supplies so that you can make multiple bracelets in coordinating colors. They look great stacked together.

First up is River Birch, The sample pictured was created by Robin Tobias. The cord colors used are in shades of green, like Ocean Pacific. Beads are a combination of various colors and finishes - sea foam, teal iris, matte, and metallic. 
Sample by Robin Tobias
Sugar Maple is next. Dark brown, gold, and willow are a few of the cord colors used for this sample. Some of the beads used are antiqued copper and iris. As with all of these projects, a few tools come in handy: thread snips, project tray inserts, and a deep dish project tray

Project by Brittany Ketcham Samples by Robin Tobias
For purple and pink fans, there's Fragrant Lilac. Cord colors and bead combinations used in these samples by Robin Tobias include deep plum, frosted lilac, eggplant, topaz, and many more. 
Samples by Robin Tobias
For extra help creating your bracelets, watch this video tutorial that brings you through each step so that you are on your way to success!

Sep 18, 2016

Beader Showcase Addition Indian Summer

Indian Summer by Cindy Brook
Have you ever been inspired by one of the man free project handouts available from beadshop? However, maybe you wanted to add your own design twist to it by changing out findings or choosing different bead colors. Beadshop has many talented customers who expand on the designs and use our products to make amazing jewelry. 

This is the case with a new addition to the Beader Showcase. This beautiful beaded piece was designed by Cindy Brook. It's called "Indian Summer" and is a spin off of the "Garden Wrap Bracelet." You can find a list of ingredients for Cindy's version here, and below is a video of Brittany from the beadshop showing how to make the original design of the "Garden Wrap Bracelet."