Bow & Cali

Not the latest music sensation, but two new shapes in shaped, multi-hole beads! The Bow Bead First up, the Bow bead – new from Preciosa, is large compared to other shaped-beads, and is a gently curved bar, with two holes. I’m quite excited about the design possibilities! If you click through to this article – you will see lots of glorious eye candy – some of which I guarantee you, will surprise you! See our website for lots of innovative ways to use this new shape, and a free pattern for the bracelet above! The Cali Bead The new Cali …

Take a Bow …

The new Bow beads – bigger than most of the shaped beads we’ve seen developed lately – and with lots of design possibilities far beyond bead weaving. Just look at these designs! This – for instance! I love the sort of tumbling look of the beads – and check out the instructions – it looks super easy to do! Click on the pattern to see the full size image. ? Here is a variation – more of a wavy river effect. And even wavier! You can see that this is made of modules, joined by large jumprings. What about the …

Four Quarter Tilas = …

Do 4 Quarter Tilas equal a whole TILA bead? First – there were the Miyuki Tilas – then the Half Tilas, and now, drumroll please – the super thin sliced – Quarter Tila! The quarter Tilas are 1/4 of the width of the original Tila – so that you can use them as thin spacers or connectors in your beading, use them to create complex geometric patterns, or use them in patterns where moving around a circle (like a bezel) in smaller increments is a bonus! Miyuki has these lovely, free projects to inspire you too! Quarter Tila Necklace, and …