Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Featured Designer for Dakota Stones this Month and a Giveaway!

Comments are closed! Check the next post for the winner!
What an honor! The lovely bead purveyor Dakota Stones contacted me a couple of months ago and asked if I would be a featured designer for their monthly blog series. Would I? A chance to design some jewelry using stones from one of my favorite suppliers? Sign me up.

It was a really fun project to do. Stringing beads is my first love. (I know I wrote the book on how to solder, but beads were my gateway drug.) So I grabbed my Soft Flex beading wire and went to work. (Okay, there is SOME metal and soldering in there, but mostly it's BEADS!!)

Here is a teaser picture of one of the projects. To see the rest, hop on over and read the entire post on their blog.
Like I mentioned before, I love to string beads! If you have not beaded for a while, I urge you to jump in and string up a quick project. Soft Flex beading wire (.019 original silver color is my favorite) makes it fast and easy. Brush up on your stringing skills with my FREE class from


It has a running time of 50 minutes and shows you all of the basic skills you need to string a sturdy necklace. Plus I am wearing a sassy red dress in the video.

I also have a little kit of treasures to give away to one lucky reader. I have a lovely centerpiece (like the one I used in one of my blog designs) a variety of semi-precious beads and a mini-spool of Soft Flex. Just add a few beads from your stash to round things out, and voila! You'll be on your way to stringing. Comments will be open through this Sunday, January 12. I'll pick a winner on Monday and send your packet out after I get back from my adventures on the 20th (more about what I am doing coming up this week!)

Happy commenting and good luck!


  1. So exciting!! The sassy red dress definitely makes it!
    I would love to win the beading kit!!! I am sloooowly working my way through "Simple Soldering" but beading was my 1st love too. The book is absolutely wonderful by the way.

  2. I would love to win the bead kit! So exciting!
    Love the sassy, red dress.

  3. Kate, love the necklaces! Just checked out the Dakota Stones blog and your interview is great! Looking forward to seeing your next book!

  4. You make everything look so easy! I have your book with DVD and your Craftsy class on soldering. You made me get over my fear of doing it on my own!!

  5. Really love the matte beads with the pearly ones.

  6. Beautiful work, Kate. I especially like the double bead caps on the large bead! Would love to win your give-away.

  7. Love your bead choice/mix. I love earthy colors.

  8. Loved reading the Dakota post - your pieces are so pretty.
    Dakota is also one of my fav suppliers. Would love to play with the kit!

  9. Red dresses are always good! I would love your giveaway!

  10. I'm new to beading and jewelry making and enjoy your blog and teaching! Sounds like a fun kit to win!