Celebrating One Year of BeadingSchool with a Look Back and a Giveaway

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Looking Back: 1st Year of BeadingSchool

Hey beautiful! In today’s video we will be celebrating one year of BeadingSchool with a look back and a Giveaway! Please enter on the form below for a chance to win one 2022 Signature Bead Box from BeadingSchool:

About BeadingSchool:

I was introduced to Erika (creative mastermind and jewelry artist behind BeadingSchool), and some of the members of the team, right around the time they were launching BeadingSchool, one year ago. Also around this time, many of us found out that Swarovski Crystal would no longer be in the DIY crystal business; unwelcome news for many beaders! Coincidentally, though, BeadingSchool is located in Europe, and they source many of their products directly from the crystal valley. BeadingSchool carries an amazing array of Preciosa crystal products (among so many other high-quality items), which are a wonderful stand-in for Swarovski. In fact, BeadingSchool is now an official Preciosa for Creators partner!

BeadingSchool also has a growing number of specialty bead boxes, which have been carefully curated by members of the team. The Fuchsia boxes, in particular, make for a wonderful way to sample all sorts of Preciosa crystal product lines, specialty components, historic filigree, and more. It is their aim to make opening each BeadingSchool package feel like a celebratory event, often including free sweet treats, or small gifts with each order!

More Than a Bead Shop:

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BeadingSchool is much more than a bead shop, though! It is an extension of Erika’s atelier; meant to make you feel like you are pulling out her drawers, looking into her organizers and that you are selecting beads for your next jewel together.

They are especially proud of their collection of material that’s hard, or impossible, to find elsewhere: historic filigree, art cabochons, Preciosa cup-chain, and more. Not only can you purchase materials from the shop, but you will also find recommendations on how to use them, how to put together creative color combinations, and see beautiful jewels made by fellow beaders.

In addition, every Friday the team at BeadingSchool and fellow beaders come together for an open workshop, which is available to everyone, world-wide. They started to bead together in March 2020 during the first lockdown to make sure that #NoOneHasToBeadAlone, and the weekly sessions have been going on ever since! I think that is very special commitment, and she should feel proud for keeping it going all this time

My Favorites from BeadingSchool:

1. Bi-Monthly BeadingSchool Subscription: BeadingSchool Academy!

BeadingSchool Academy

It’s a fun beady experience, designed and guided by Erika, that comes with an inspiring collection of beads and components every 2 months, an e-learning area with articles and beading tutorials, and a community of Beadingschool Students who shape the whole experience together. Every second month, we’ll explore a different theme. You’ll step into a story, where beads and components will feel like artifacts from a magical world. There will be articles introducing you the inspiration behind the themes: artistic styles like Art Nouveau or Art Deco, famous characters like Vincent Van Gogh, painter of the Starry Night, or special places like Rajasthan, the land of maharajas, or Marrakesh and its thousand-year-old colors, joy, and traditions. The beads and components that you receive will become jewels for the main character of these stories = YOU.

2. The Moonlit Terrace and Cherry Blossom Festival limited edition bead boxes, curated by yours truly!

Moonlit Terrace Box: a combination of mysterious shades of indigo blue, sparkling silver, shadowy gray and black, and lush shades of teal and purple. 

moonlit terrace superduo bracelet

moonlit terrace galaxy cabochon pendant

moonlit terrace ginko necklace

moonlit terrace purple black earrings

moonlit terrace peyote ring

moonlit terrace rivoli pendant

moonlit terrace bicone earrings

moonlit terrace 24mm czech cabohon pendant

moonlit terrace fire polish bracelet

moonlit terrace purple gemduo pendant

moonlit terrace chaton bracelet

moonlit terrace superduo rivoli pendant

Cherry Blossom Festival Box: a combination of light and airy shades of pink, peach, and aqua, which are balanced with earthy shades of green, bronze, and cream. 

Cherry Blossom Festival Bead Box - Orchid and Opal X BeadingSchool

Cherry Blossom Festival Bead Box - Orchid and Opal X BeadingSchool

Cherry Blossom Festival Beaded Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Cherry Blossom Festival Beaded Earrings Tutorial

Cherry Blossom Festival Bead Box - Orchid and Opal X BeadingSchool

Cherry Blossom Festival Bead Box - Orchid and Opal X BeadingSchool

3. “Dangerous” Fuchsia Boxes:

These Fuchsia Boxes are dangerously good! I’ve had the pleasure of sharing many of them through video unboxings on my YouTube channel. There is probably no better way to sample specific product lines of Preciosa Crystal than by picking up these jam-packed, little pink packages!


See some of the unboxings linked below:

4. All of the other newly inspired designs, tutorials, and patterns that are inspired by BeadingSchool projects from the past year!

March 2021:

Adele Pearl Cabochon and Sew on Crystal Beaded Earrings Tutorial

Adele Pearl Cabochon and Sew on Crystal Beaded Earrings Tutorial

February 2021:

preciosa pure crystal cabochons and navette bracelet

Beaded Crystal Filigree Necklace and Earrings Set - Red/Pink/Gold

December 2021:

Shooting Star Post Earrings - Blue & Gold

Starry Night Hexagon Pendant with Bugle Bead Bezel Tutorial

Starburst Crystal Bicone and WibeDuo Beaded Earrings Tutorial

October 2021:

sun hat beaded brooch tutorial

Cottage Garden 26mm Round Bezel Beaded Pendant, Brooch

September 2021:

Pink and Gold Fan Flower Earrings

Turquoise and Gold Fan Flower Earrings

Fuschia and Gold Beaded Tassel Earrings

June & July 2021:

May 2021:

floral links chaton beaded bezel bracelet pink

aegean breeze beaded earrings pink

Congratulations to BeadingSchool on a fabulous first year in business! Looking forward to an amazing second year, and all of the wonderful new things to come!

This post may contain affiliate links, which may provide me with a small amount of commission at no cost to you; however, the thoughts/opinions I have expressed are 100% my own.


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Instant Download Beading Patterns:

Find the growing collection of instant download beading patterns for my original beaded jewelry designs. All patterns are accompanied by a corresponding, free beading tutorial video in case you would like to refer to video instruction while you bead. 

Simply purchase a pattern, and after checkout the link to download the PDF document instantly will be available.

You may easily search the Orchid and Opal Design Index for the name of the pattern you have purchased, and follow the linked image to find the blog post that contains the video. 

Beaded Jewelry Inspiration:

The jewelry in this category may be sold, but I am usually able to recreate similar designs, upon request. Viewing out of stock jewelry pieces also provides a helpful archive of beading inspiration, and a way to see past jewelry creations that have travelled to new homes. Many pieces include materials from past bead subscription boxes that I have unboxed on my YouTube channel.

I am humbled to say that the pieces found in this category have been shipped to satisfied customers in practically many corners of the world! 

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6 comments on “Celebrating One Year of BeadingSchool with a Look Back and a Giveaway

Jennifer Short

I love all the beautiful jewelry created from these boxes. So inspiring!


Thank you very much, Jennifer!

Cathy Homan

New to beading. Would love to get this box and receive a selection of new beads!


Welcome, Cathy! Thanks for entering!

Dale Reid

Your work is so inspiring! Just thinking about getting one of these boxes is very exciting!


Thnaks so much, Dale!


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