Beadweaving designs by Justine Gage
justine@tootalltobead.co.uk

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Small Tweaks – Big Changes – How to Redesign

Small Tweaks – Big Changes – How to Redesign

Having finished off a couple of large projects last week, I finally had time to go through some of my old projects that I’m not quite happy with. Sometimes you invest a lot of time and money in a piece, and then can’t quite work out why you

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Tumbling Beads Necklace in Amber

Tumbling Beads Necklace in Amber

I recently decided to make an Amber necklace in response to a request from the Beadworkers Guild to make a display for next year’s shows. When I first heard about this challenge it is fair to say that I wasn’t immediately inspired. I looked again and realized that ‘amber’ could mean ‘orange’

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In-line Beaded Beads, Patterns Included

In-line Beaded Beads, Patterns Included

Everyone knows what a beaded bead is, a discrete cluster of small beads stitched together to make one larger bead, which can be strung onto thread or cord, etc. I have been thinking about the idea of in-line beaded beads, that is, that a beaded bead can

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Pip Beads, How to Stabilize, and Make a Flower Ring

Pip Beads, How to Stabilize, and Make a Flower Ring

For a time now I have been struggling to work with those kinds of beads that are longer than they are wide, with a hole at one end. Yes, I mean drop beads and their variations. These are designed to work in a flexible, drapy design, under

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Easy Rivoli Bezel

Easy Rivoli Bezel

We all love to add shiny, reflective rivoli stones to our work for the added bling factor, using some kind of rivoli bezel.   However, although it looks nice and neat,  it is quite time consuming and precise to to make a peyote bezel. I have been

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Tone on Tone Colour Design

Tone on Tone Colour Design

I have recently been making a series of pieces called Paisley Lace, which were initially inspired by a piece if pink appliqué. I applied this to a top, and then made a necklace to match. Whilst making the current batch I started to think about my colour choices.

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Elements of Design No 2: Negative Spaces

Elements of Design No 2: Negative Spaces

A often used technique in drawing is to look at the gaps between the objects in a picture, otherwise known as the negative spaces, often used by M.C. Escher. This technique can also be applied to open forms of beadwork. Double ‘O’ Trefoil Bracelet Obviously, not all

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Elements of Design No 1: Colour Blending

Elements of Design No 1: Colour Blending

As I have been creating new designs, I have been thinking about the process. How do I actually come up with the ideas, and then how do I shape them into something beautiful and useful? I will talk about the overall process at a later date, but

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The Moroccan Miracle Box: My Entry in the British Bead Awards 2014, Part 1

The Moroccan Miracle Box: My Entry in the British Bead Awards 2014, Part 1

So I thought that I would put in an entry to the British Bead Awards 2014, how hard can it be? My inspiration came when I found a picture of some Moroccan tiles that reminded me of a quilt that I made a few years earlier. The

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Too Tall To Bead

I am a bead designer who especially enjoys making beaded beads.

I teach beading classes. From ‘The Bead Shack’ in my pretty garden, and other venues.

Always available to hire for private workshops, just email me!

I publish regularly in bead magazines, and sell patterns on Etsy.

Get in touch

Justine@tootalltobead.co.uk