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Style & Innovation in Beading How Trends Influence Five Designers

When beaders describe their personal relationship with fashion trends, there doesn’t seem to be much gray area: most either categorize themselves as trendy (where they love to follow fine-jewelry and celebrity styles), or they design to the beat of their own drum (purposefully avoiding outside influences). See how five bead weavers—Carolyn Cave, Diane Fitzgerald, Melissa Grakowsky Shippee, Shaylynn Jameson, and Melissa Mauk Rodarte—view past jewelry trends, find inspiration for their personal design styles, and foresee future trends.

Trends That Have Shaped Us

Before we see where styles are headed, let’s take a look at where we’ve been. For Diane Fitzgerald, cylinder beads have always been on-trend: “Thank heavens for Miyuki Delicas…the old standby and go-to bead!” Carolyn Cave agrees seed beads are a mainstay.

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