Travelogue Magazine - Spring 2018

Yokoso! (ようこそ) - Welcome to Travelogue, the Japan Issue!

In this issue we’re traveling to Japan, exploring the many facets and fascinating history of this design-rich culture. From the serene palettes of tea houses, to the riotous color burst of Tokyo’s city streets, you’ll find lots of varied inspiration, and beautiful designs to make and wear. I believe in wearable, trend-conscious designs so read, bead, and enjoy! Adventure awaits! . . .

Here’s what you’ll find in this issue:

Projects that range in difficulty from very easy to intermediate construction because it’s nice to have a mix of sweet, simple pieces and head-on challenge pieces, too.

Along this line, I’ve included a few jewelry sets. The #1 question I get from students in my beading classes is, “Can we make matching earrings?” (The answer is always “Yes!”) So I’ve included some simple, five-minute earrings that nicely complement a necklace or bracelet. You’ll also find necklace-bracelet sets that carry a theme to multiple pieces and maximize the beads you just bought for the first piece.

Accurate resource information means you should be able to find (or easily substitute) most of the supplies in each project, as I know this is a big issue when replicating designs. But you’ll also see a few found elements, recycled beads, or other interesting mixed media supplies. For these pieces, I hope you’ll use the directions as a template, adding in your favorite finds to make them extra special.

And because most jewelry makers I know are MAKERS, I’m also including some projects from different media: two easy needlework projects round out this issue. They’re easy enough to qualify as “first project” for a beginner, so give them a try!"

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