Oct 12, 2018

Free Tip Friday: Dragon Scale Tassel

Thanks to Bead Table Member, Alley Mori and her great ideas with Dragon Scales!

Here are a few of Alley's lovely tassels! Thanks so much for the inspiration, Alley.

Aren't they fantastic?

I used Alley't tassels as inspiration for these tassel earrings.

Here is the ingredients list for what I used on FTF today:

Oct 4, 2018

The Return of the MG Walk!

Last year I was blown away, gang. Blown. Away.

In the winter of 2017 I was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease, Myasthenia gravis, or MG. It's known as the Snowflake Disease, because it affects each of its patients so differently, but the basics are the same: muscle weakness. My brain and my muscles actually both work just fine, it's the connection between them that's deteriorating. The more I use a muscle, the weaker it becomes. Rest helps, and there are surgical options, drugs, and treatments that can help. But there is no cure and I am currently untreated. Why? Because my best options are drugs that can cause more harm to the rest of my body than good...and research hasn't brought us a cure or treatment that's safer--yet.

After posting this blog in September 2017 explaining my situation and why it was so important to me to raise funds for Myasthenia Gravis research I received one of the largest outpourings of support to date: from you

I cried some happy tears, I have to say...I was and still am so honored, humbled, and simply floored by what you helped us to accomplish. We raised so much money that Beadshop's name was called out during an awards ceremony at the National MGFA Conference this summer, and they sent me a fancy certificate to boot! Due in large part to the fundraising from our Bead Fam the MG Walk asked me to be their "Walk Hero" this year, and of course I told them I'd be picking up my cape at the dry cleaners ASAP! It'll go beautifully with my tiara and tutu from last year!

And so the time has come once again, ladies and gents! We have a new MG Walk to walk, and some new goodies for those of you who'd like to join in the FUNdraising.

This year, my team Kiss Myas(thenia Gravis) and I hope to raise major moolah! We've set our goals even higher than last year and I can't wait to blow them out of the water.  Janice and I, along with my friends and family, will be walking on Saturday, October 13th, at the MG Walk of Virginia in Springfield. This is not only an opportunity to raise funds, but one to spread awareness of MG and be a part of a community I didn't even know existed until just a year ago. Janice and I want to invite any locals to join us! We would be honored to see you there.

Once again, we have a raffle to help raise those much-needed funds:

Janice has donated a $50 beadshop.com gift card 
that we are "raffling" off to YOU
To win, you donate
For every $5 donated you will receive one chance at winning the gift card. So if you donate $5, your name goes in once. If you donate $20, your name goes in four times, and so on. I will keep track of the donations and tally up the names and numbers, and on Saturday from the MG Walk, Janice and I will broadcast LIVE on our Facebook Page and select a winner.

That's not all! Kate wanted to have some fun, too, and she is making these adorable snowflake charms to make the donations a little sweeter. For anyone who donates $25 or more, you'll receive one charm. For anyone who donates $50 or more, you'll receive a set of 3!

Donations must be in by Midnight PST on Friday, October 12, 2018 to be eligible to win. Donations must be made to the "Beadshop Dotcom" team member in order to qualify.

Questions? I'm happy to answer and happy to help.
Just email me at Drea.beadshop@gmail.com

Many thanks and, as always,
Happy Beading!

Sep 26, 2018

Float Away Today on Facebook Live

Well, it's almost 10:30am Pacific Time on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 and Kate and Emily are going live with a favorite project. Today's sample is part of our Float Away Series. It uses many of Emily's favorite colors and is knotted on Size 6 Griffin Silk. What a treat!
Emily's Float
For those who love cooler colors (especially blues!), we have an alternate colorway that we'll be making live today. 

We're calling this blue and silver beauty, "Lovely Emily"...with her lovely blue eyes and gorgeous, silver hair.
Sample Ingredients used:

2 Strands of 6mm Blue Calico
1 Tube Size 6/0 Seed Beads in Dyed Silver Lined Blue Zircon 6-1425

After Facebook Live, we will publish the project. Thanks for your patience. Happy beading!

Sep 19, 2018

The Best of FB Live...Laddering and Infinity Stitch

It's Wednesday, and Miss Kate is on vacation! I hope she's relaxing, doesn't she deserve it?

As you know, we took a break with our FB Lives and had been re-posting some oldies-but-goodies instead, along with our usual special sale and some new ideas for the project. So, here's one more "Best of" blog to get us through Kate's vacation week!

So let's take a peek back at what beadshop.com is known for: Laddering!  You can ladder with just about anything, but we like to keep it simple with Tricks to Laddering. My mother always told me to use "the KISS method" when designing and crafting...have you heard of it? With a sly smile she'd say "K-I-S-S...Keep It Simple, Stupid!" It always cracks me up! But, it really is good advice...there is a real beauty to simplicity.
Happy beading!

Personally, I like to use KO thread doubled and Infinity Stitch when I ladder. I also decided to add a briolette instead of a charm, because I just love briolettes and can't get enough!


1 Button Eyes- Copper
1 Spool KO Thread Natural
1 Pkg 1.5mm Metallic Pyrite Indian Leather
1 Strand 6mm Fossil Coral Rounds
1 Strand 4mm Fossil Coral Rounds
1 Strand 4mm Jet Bronze Picasso
1 Pyrite Briolette and 26G Vintage Bronze ParaWire


Organic Bee Button- Antique Silver
1 Spool KO Thread- Dark Grey
1 Pkg 1.5mm Surfer Cord- Gray
1 Strand 6mm Labradorite
1 Strand Shadows-Silver Plate
1 Strand 4mm Jonquil
Lemon Quartz Briolette and 26G Titanium ParaWire

Sep 5, 2018

Evening Time... a lovely counterpoint to Tea Time

Today is our first day back doing Facebook after a month-long hiatus. Kate is sharing a new bead from Dakota Stones: the Double Drilled. These are just so gorgeous!
We'll tell you all about them on the air today, but right now we want to share with you the new color palette that Kate picked out last minute, in case you want to go with this one. It's called Evening Time and it's intended to be a nice balance to Tea Time. This take is done with the Czech glass carrier bead. Isn't it fun?

Kate used:

2 Strands of 6mm Matte Aventurine
1 Strand of Matte Double Drill 
1 Strand 4mm Polychrome Aqua Teal
1 Strand 5mm Mustard Rondelles
1 Strand 10mm Green Turquoise Picasso English Cuts
1 Strand 3mm Ultra Luster Opaque Green Melons
1 Tube 8-4213F Galvanized Dark Mauve Matte
1 Antique Copper 2 Loop Vertical Cleo Clasp
1 Pkg Antique Copper Tierra Heishi

We'll be sure to post photos after the show, along with tools and stringing supplies you need. But for now, let's watch the show!

Aug 31, 2018

The Best of Free Tip Friday...Across Cultures Necklace

It's the end of our summer break from FB Lives and Free Tip Fridays and thus, this is my last re-post! Since we looked at Across Cultures on Wednesday, it seemed fitting to bring back Kate's Across Cultures Necklace today.

You can take the easy route and re-use the color palettes I curated on Wednesday and re-purpose into necklaces with a few additions, like some cord, Carved Components or Pi Discs, and some additional beads....or check out the three new ones below. Whatever you choose, have fun and enjoy! We'll see you LIVE next week!


1 Strand Popcorn Padres Red Chipotle
1 30mm Pi- Snowflake Obsidian
1 Nest Irish Waxed Linen- Country Red
1 Pkg Metallic Red 1.5mm Leather
1 Strand Little Shadows- Antique Brass
2 Pkgs Tierra Daisy Spacer- Gold
1 Pkg Sahara Sands
1 Pkg Tide's Out- Indigo
1 Tea Leaves Button- Antique Brass


1 Strand Popcorn Padres- Ink Black
1 30mm Pi- White Howlite
1 Nest Irish Waxed Linen- Black Irish Waxed Linen
1 Pkg Gray 1mm Indian Leather 
1 Strand Little Shadows- Antique Silver
2 Pkgs Tierra Daisy Spacer- Antique Silver
1 Pkg Silver Sands
1 Pkg Tide's Out- Fog
1 Crossed Arrows Button- Antique Silver


1 Strand Popcorn Padres- Cinnamon Spice
1 30mm Pi- Tiger's Eye
1 Nest Irish Waxed Linen- Walnut
1 Pkg Distressed Gray 1.5mm Indian Leather
1 Strand Little Shadows- Antique Copper
2 Pkgs Tierra Daisy Spacer- Antique Copper
1 Pkg Russet Sands
1 Pkg Tide's Out- Kelp
1 Old Coin Button- Copper

Free Tip Friday: Dragon Scale Tassel

Thanks to Bead Table Member, Alley Mori and her great ideas with Dragon Scales! Here are a few of Alley's lovely tassels! Thanks so mu...