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Inspired by some of the fantastic beading teachers on School of Everything, I've been looking around for great beading resources online. Here are my five picks for great beading websites, including beading supplies, projects, patterns and discussion.
Five Great Beading Websites
The first UK magazine devoted to the craft of beading, Bead magazine launched in 2006 to a delighted response and has been growing fast since then. Along with beading discussion forums and the print magazine, the latest addition to Bead's stable is Bead TV, where you can view live videos of beading techniques for beginner and advanced alike. Plus - not that we're biased - Bead magazine's editor Jean Power is listed on School of Everything as a teacher!
Fire Mountain Gems is a US-based website centred around beading supplies. Along with a huge stock of beads and beading supplies, the site has a gallery of over 5,000 beading designs, along with free beading instructions and much more. So whether you're ordering from the US or based elsewhere, the site is definitely worth a look.
Is it a newsletter? Is it a blog? Is it a community? It's all of those things. Beading Daily publishes new free beading projects every day, along with a free newsletter, and hosts a lively and friendly forum discussing all things bead-related.
Jewelry Lessons is a community of jewelry makers sharing knowledge through tutorials, articles and tips. Members can write beading articles and tutorials, share beading patterns, and choose whether their submissions are offered free or as a paid download. By writing, members also earn points that can then be redeemed against paid tutorials and other rewards. There's less free stuff than some beading websites, but the community is engaged and there's lots to learn here.
I really love this blog. It drew me in and made me want to learn more. Long-time beading expert Katie Hacker shares beading links, snippets from her books, video clips showing her at work, and lots of links to ideas, galleries and events by someone with huge knowledge in the field.
One of the best things about working at School of Everything is learning about new subjects all the time. But of course there's always someone out there who knows tons more about each thing than me (thanks go out especially to 'Sheila', 'jsmaz' and 'troll' on the Beading Daily forums for their suggestions!). So: are there beading sites out there that I haven't found yet but should be mentioned? Comments and suggestions please!