New This Week at Laura’s Beads – May 9

As we have been saying goodbye to our snowbird friends and getting ready for the lazy days of summer, there are still so many new and interesting things going on here at our little bead shop! There are fun projects (my favorite is the flip flop pendant) and new beads (carrier beads are FINALLY here) so read on for all the details!

Newly Arrived

Carrier beads are one of the latest crazes in beading! They are rectangular, 2-hole, with a flat bottom and a domed top, typically used as a base for a peyote tube. We can’t wait to start playing with them here at the shop!

Here’s a photo of a completed piece by Jill Wiseman to show carrier beads in action:

We also got some new 18mm Czech glass cabochons that look very much like stone, but are much easier to bezel due to the precise sizing. Look on our next email for an upcoming class to make the Deb Roberti “Starflower Pendant” using these cabochons in place of the rivolis for a unique look.

All the beads and cabochons shown above are sold both in our store and online. Simply click on the images to go directly to our online store.

Events Newly Added to Calendar

Intermediate Level:

Bead & Button Circle: Flip Flop Pendant by Diane Hertzler
These adorable flip-flop pedants are the perfect piece to wear here in Florida where we’re lucky enough to enjoy flip-flops year round! You can make the larger pendant with size 11 seed beads, as seen in the original pattern, or you can make a smaller version using Delica beads.
Click on the photo for details and to sign up

Bead & Button Circle: “Hilton Head Bracelet” by Michelle Leonardo
Inspired by the Hilton Head Sea Pines lighthouse in South Carolina, these striped bracelets are perfect for stacking! The artist made the original version as a bangle, however if you prefer to wear a bracelet with a clasp, we’ll show how you can easily make that modification. When we completed our bracelets in darker colors than the ones shown in the magazine, it occurred to us that these could actually be made into something that a guy could wear with the right color selections. So if you’ve always been wondering what bead weaving piece you could make for the guy on your gift list, give these a try!
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Intermediate Bead-Weaving Class: “Peyote with a Twist” by Gerlinde Lenz
The new “Peyote with a Twist” technique is the latest craze all over the web! The finished piece will look very similar to bead crochet without all the headaches of crochet. In this workshop we’ll begin to learn the basics of the stitch using one main color of a size 11 seed bead and one contracting color to create a simple stripe. This is the version shown in Jill Wiseman’s video.
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Beginner Level:

Beginner Class: “Pyramid Band” by Deb Roberti
This is an easy and fun bracelet that uses the very HOT “pyramid” or “stud” beads. We love the way this bracelet takes on two completely different personalities when done in different colors — pretty in pink or modern in black, your choice!
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Beginner Bead-Weaving Class: “Printemps Earrings” by Deb Roberti
These sparkling, yet simple earrings pair up wonderfully with everything. If you’ve been starting to learn to do bead-weaving and have made a few bracelets and necklaces, you can use a few matching beads to make pairs of these earrings to coordinate with those completed pieces. If you haven’t done any bead-weaving as of yet, these are also a great place to start.
Click on the photo for details and to sign up

Click here to view our complete calendar of upcoming projects!

Until next time, have a sparkling week and happy beading!

Remember, if you are interested in making any of the projects shown in our emails, but are not in the area to join in, you can now purchase all the necessary supplies on!

Many of the patterns are available through popular magazines or websites, which will be indicated on our website when you click on any of the projects above, so that you can view a materials list. If it’s an original pattern, simply email Laura at and let her know you are interested. We love to share!

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