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December 2015


Every issue of your complete beading resource gives you:

  • Informative articles written by experienced jewelry makers
  • Challenging projects with step-by-step photos and instructions
  • Expert tips and techinques to keep improving your beading skills
  • Plus exclusive online access to downloadable projects and the Subscriber Gallery
  • And more!



December preview video

With the winter holidays comes a bonus — an extra reason to wear sparkling beadwork! The December issue of Bead&Button magazine offers many holiday styles using a variety of techniques that are sure to charm beaders of all skill levels. Get your copy and get started on projects that feature these techniques: peyote stitch, herringbone stitch, crossweave, twisted tubular herringbone, bead weaving, right-angle weave, and square stitch.


Resource Guide

The December 2015 Resource Guide has 90 links to sources for supplies used in this issue. If you don't find what you're looking for, drop us an email.

Crystal crossings bracelet

Page 23
Embellish a peyote-stitched base with crystals and pearls to accent an exquisite bracelet.

Festive by design necklace

Page 26
Combine popular stitches to create a party-perfect necklace glimmering with pearls and rose montées.

'Tis the season to twist bracelet

Page 30
Stack your wrist with ropes of twisted tubular herringbone showcasing your favorite holiday hues.

Elegance with an attitude

Page 36
The monochromatic colors and spike beads bring texture and dimension to this sophisticated bracelet. 

Winter garden necklace

Page 40
Beautiful floral components come together for an exceptional necklace just right for any occasion.

Crystallized square bracelet

Page 48
A sturdy right-angle weave base is adorned with QuadraTiles and seed beads, and capped off with crystals for over-the-top endless sparkle. 

Holiday garland bracelet

Page 60
Relive days gone by with a bracelet reminiscent of an old-fashioned popcorn-and-cranberry garland.

Twice as nice bracelet

Page 64
Work in right-angle weave around a leather cord to make this stunning double wrap bracelet embellished with sparkling crystals.

Peppermint delights set

Page 68
Cook up fresh and minty swirled beaded beads into a cut jewelry set that gives the impression you're wearing real peppermint candy!

Pinnacle lace necklace

Page 72
Two-hole beads add detail and elegance to this delicate collar-style necklace.


From the Editor

Bead Soup

Bead Soup
Page 11
B&B's Guide to finishing options, bead happenings, the editor's wish lists, and more.

What's new on the Web

On the web
Page 12
Subscribers – download your December issue of B&B Extra on December 1 at

We have kits!
Ruffled bar bracelet
Get our latest limited-edition beading kit by Connie Whittaker. As with all our kits, complete instructions and supplies are included for easy one-stop shopping! Available at

Your Work

Your Work
Page 16
Beaded art submitted by readers. 

Second Look

Variations on a theme
Page 19
Discover how to hone your design skills through creative exploration.

Artist Profile

Andrea Grzabka
Page 46
Andrea Grzabka expresses a lifelong love of animals with award-winning bead-embroidered jewelry.


Page 79
Basics for techniques used in this issue. Also check out our videos.

Artist Spotlight

Stephanie Dieleman
Page 90
Lampworker and artist Stephanie Dieleman lives and teaches the life creative.
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Editor's Pick

Daring Daggers

Earn points for style and flair with this clever design that incorporates dagger beads in a flat peyote stitch foundation.  Designed by Marcia Rose.