All posts tagged: beads


Short story: I found a bead store and bought a bunch of beads. I hope Bebe doesn’t eat them. Owned and operated by Lilian Leung, this Solano Avenue (Berkeley side) shop – Beadazzled – boasts two rooms of beads and findings, handmade jewelry (by Lilian!), and a space to create. On this visit I reupped my collection of Miyuki beads, memory wire (love this stuff!), and nylon jewelry cord (which I actually use for making garlands). I also learned that kids like to put stuff up their noses – Lilian shared that her grandchild once put a bead up their nose. D’oh! As far as crafts go, Bebe and I have drawn together, painted (more on that soon!), and he’s seen me work on a couple macrame pieces. I hope one day we can craft together with tiny materials, hot glue, and scissors. 🙂 Hurry, name some toddler-friendly (beaded) craft projects!


Another Michaels workshop in the books. This time I created a mala necklace, or at least a necklace inspired by a mala necklace. Traditional mala necklaces have 108 beads, but I did the cheat way of creating this necklace and was a bit more freestyle with my beads. For the full tutorial and supply list see the online class and accompanying instructions. For my necklace I used: bipyramid beads 6mm beads (I chose blue coral) a pendant assorted seed beads silk bead cord big eye beading needles (I ended up not needing these because my bead cord had an attached needle) pliers bead tweezers scissors Most of my beads came from local bead shop Blue Door Beads (During shelter in place I sent them a list and they shopped the store for me and shipped!). The pendant was from Michaels. I also used beads I acquired from craft swaps. My how to: I decided on a pattern and repeated the pattern four times for one side of the necklace, then mirrored the pattern on the …

brick stitch.

I’ve been wanting to take brick stitch with Michelle Feileacan of the Sugar Pond for a while now. She was scheduled to teach at Craftcation 2020 and I actually got into one of her classes, but alas, with the cancellation of the event, so came the cancellation of my craft dreams. (Lol, dramatic.) She recently taught with Craft + Work so I was excited to be able to support a fellow maker and one of my fave craft studios! Michelle sent us a trio of bead colors, needles, wax, thread, earring hooks, and a foam sheet, plus a pattern. These beads are tiny, but apparently people like to use even tinier beads for brick stitch. Michelle taught us a couple of techniques for starting and stopping our pieces, and guided us through her pattern. I asked lots of questions and learned so much! Essentially, you sew through each bead in a way that allows them to rest next to another bead. I messed up the pattern on my first earring, but it was too much …

bead thangs.

As part of backyard birthday celebrations, in addition to tie dye festivities, my friend Angel led a beaded necklace craft. Ooo, there were so many beads to choose from. I ended up chosing matte black, white, cream, pinks, and gold. My go-tos. For this project we used Miyuki Delica size 11/0 beads, beading wire, bead glue, and spring loaded jewelry connectors (the black line in the photos). For mine, I went freestyle, but you could also plan out a pattern. Tahdah! I made a long necklace. It could also be a 5-wrap bracelet. It’s super delicate and fancy! 🙂 I’m always hesitant to use jewelry glue in my jewelry projects. I’m not fond of the smell, how if it gets on your skin it hurts, and I never trust that I will actually make my project sturdy for wear. But thanks to Angel (adult supervision!) I feel good about this project. Bead much? Share what you like to make below!

tube bracelets.

You know how I sometimes say that I feel like a little kid? Well, this DIY is the ultimate throwback to my 90s childhood and I’m super excited I get to share the crafty love as an instructor at Blue Door Beads. Here’s a look back at a recent birthday party I hosted. Colorful messes were made. Beads, confetti, washi tape, glitter…And these lil ladies made such lovely bangles! Tube bracelet craft party anyone? Book your Blue Door Bead party here.

shop feature: beadweaver

Solo adventures in Santa Fe mean less outdoor nature explorations (I could get captured by wildlife! You never know!) and more safe activities, like going to the local bead store. #whatsnew I spotted Beadweaver while driving down a main road in Santa Fe and made sure I added it to my itinerary. The ladies in the shop are super helpful and entertained all of my bead inquiries. They had a great assortment of beads, including shapes I hadn’t seen before. Those were appropriately displayed in the “Fun Shapes” section. Check out these decorative finds and imagine all the lovely pieces you can create with them. There were walls of bead tubes. And walls of bead strands. If you think you can only make jewelry with beads, think again. These bowls, animal figurines, and flower garlands are made with tiny beads. Beadweaver has lots of inspiration pieces on display and bead books for purchase. Unfortunately, they do not hold classes in the shop. They do, however, have relations with bead artists who teach elsewhere; just ask. …

beautiful beads.

Reporting from Blue Door Beads! This is my favorite bead store ever, and I’m one picky lady. Knowledgable and friendly staff, a large assortment of beads and findings, great lighting (makes for clear, creative thinking!), reserved customer parking (!!!), …. The list goes on and on for why I enjoy every visit here. I stumbled upon Blue Door Beads shortly after they first opened their doors in 2012. I had taken a pilates class down the street and discovered the bead store while walking from where I parked. I had to go inside after class! I was greeted by the owner, and little did I know she would make a point to learn my name. Talk about feeling at home… Owner Sara and her crew are curators of lovely things. My favorite beads are anything gold, copper, or blush colored; Czech glass; and jade variations like these dyed ones: I love making jewelry pieces that have a pop of color or that perfect bold accent bead. You can find all types of beads to work with here. Check …