Nancy Cain
Craftsy Instructor

Colorado USA

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Ever since I was a child, I have loved to play with different materials. I worked as a graphic artist until I had my children in 1993 and 1996. Staying at home with them gave me the opportunity to develop my hobbies more. I had discovered a beaded watch in the late 1980s that was beyond my newly married budget. Being a crafter, I thought I would try to make it myself. I ventured into a bead store and there my bead journey began. I have focused ... Read Full Bio »

Nancy's Craftsy Classes

Bead Stitching: Shaped Peyote

Nancy stitches her way through the creation of a basic channel bead, working with larger beads for easy viewing. You'll be able to stitch right alongside using more traditional beads. Once you've mastered building circular walls and embellishing your beads with crystals, you'll move on to the square beads, and learn how to join your squares with loops and clasps to make a stunning bracelet. Finally, Nancy demonstrates how to create triangular peyote-stitch beads, embellish them with beaded fringe and add bails and earring wires to create eye-catching jewelry pieces that will be admired by all.

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What's New

Apr 19, 2014
Bead greetings! I got an interesting question from one of my Craftsy students and thought I would share it with you. The question was about tips on how to build bead stash. There are a couple things that I wished I knew then what I know now.... I'll share these tips with you. 1. Buy the best quality beads that you can. Even if it means you cannot buy as much as you would like. I bought loads of beads that I could not use as my technique and tastes improved and changed. The beads just wouldn't respond appropriately. I need very consistently shaped and colored beads that won't wear or fade. I ultimately gave away nearly all of those beads to a local school. 2. Invest in a really nice clasp. The time you invest in your work and beads shouldn't end with a $2.00 clasp that is made with 'pop' or 'base' metal. You can also substitute silver, gold or gold filled with bronze, brass or pewter for cost savings. You can even make a beaded clasp. 3. When I decide on a new color that I just can't live without, I will buy the seed beads in size 15/0, 11/0, and 8/0 - (sometimes a 6/0 too.) If available, I will also get a Delica or Aiko cylinder bead to match. This doesn't mean I will use all these beads at once, though I may, it just gives me options of sizes. I also buy two tubes or bags at once. That way I have enough to do the project plus some left over. The left over becomes part of my stash. The next color I buy, I like it to 'go with' or compliment what I have already. It begins to grow. As I build the stash, I start looking for 'holes' in my color choices. Just recently, I noticed I was weak in rosy purples and cool greens so I went shopping! 5. Do keep your beads away from exposure to sunlight. If you have a slightly faded tube of beads compared to the new purchase, I just dump them together and mix it. It just gives it a slight mix of shades and doesn't waste your beads. I hope these tips help you in building your own personal bead treasure stash. Happy Beading! Nancy

Nancy's Projects

Peyote Stitch Earrings
Channel Beads
Peyote Stitch Bracelet
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