Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Bead Stylist: BeadWork Magazine Bugle Beading

I just received my August / September 2010 issue of BeadWork beading magazine and there seems to be a theme around color in this issue; which always interests me so I will post about those articles later.

The book Bugle Bead Bonanza by Jamie Cloud Eakin, published by Lark Books, was mentioned and caught my attention because there really are just so few books available or dedicated to bugle beading.  Bugle beads are used to embellish fashions but are quite versatile due to their various sizes, textures and finishes; the colors can match/coordinate with just about any bead color you’re using whether you use Miyuki Japanese beads, TOHO Japanese beads and Czech glass seed beads – just try and get the same bead brand.

A search of one of my suppliers for just one brand, Miyuki Bugle beads returned over 200 results.

If you don’t have a favorite bead supplier for your bugle beads or are looking for or need to coordinate specific colors and finishes you can send an email to

Amazon is a great place to check reviews on the book Bugle Bead Bonanza; it’s also selling for less than the list price of $21.95 (the following is an affiliate link). 

The Bead Stylist: BeadWork Magazine My Beading Highlights

Here’s some of what I like in the current issue August / September issue of BeadWork magazine:

On page six under the W.O.R.D section I was impressed by a bead artist named Beth Moser of Williamsport PA for her creativity after being inspired by a dress she saw during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week – after all beads and fashion that’s what it’s all about! I found a photo on her Etsy shop DesignsByBinah



Threading your beading needle won’t be such an issue anymore thanks to a great tip from Jacqueline Johnson of Dover, DE .  She has been beading for over 60 years and she has two great suggestions;

  • the first is to thread your beading needle with the end of the thread that’s coming off of the thread spool / bobbin and not the end you cut. 
  • the second part is something I never would have thought of which is to thread many beading needles at once, then when you need a new thread grab one needle, slide the other down and cut the length of the thread you need the other needles are there when you need them – what a great idea!

And of course there are so a few great beading projects in this issue of BeadWork magazine.

The color theme in this issue is what really caught my attention and I will be posting a summary of that information soon.

Hope you find this useful!