What are your favorite bead colors, and why ?

I posed this question to our Beadweaving Master Class panel. Each week on Monday I ask a new question of these wonderful author-teacher-beaders. (I invite you to tell us about your own color preferences in the comments section of the post!)

Rachel Nelson-Smith

Rachel Nelson-Smith, author of the Fall 2011 release Rachel Nelson-Smith’s Bead Riffs, of Santa Cruz, California:

About one year into beading I hit a green streak—mostly of the chartreuse variety with some darker exceptions—and little has changed in the past 16 years.

Most of the studio is a retina-burning other-worldly mix somewhere between granny smith apple green and chartreuse. Some people have a physical aversion to even looking in the studio door. I couldn’t be happier.

Sherry Serafini

Sherry Serafini, author of the Spring 2011 release Sherry Serafini’s Sensational Bead Embroidery, of Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania:

I’m an earth-tone lover! I have no idea why. Maybe because I’m a Virgo? It’s an earth sign. I’ve always been drawn to darker, earthy colors.

Maggie Meister

Maggie Meister, author of the Fall 2011 book Maggie Meister’s Classical Elegance, of Norfolk, Virginia:

My favorite bead colors are the metallic and matte metallic gold and silver. I also love the Aiko beads that are colored beads with a 24-karat-gold gilt. I love the richness these beads give to projects. They lend themselves to designs inspired by antiquity.

I also love matte metallic and matte silver-lined beads in autumn colors.

Diane Fitzgerald

Diane Fitzgerald, author of Diane Fitzgerald’s Shaped Beadwork, of Minneapolis, Minnesota:

I love all the colors, because each color can express a certain idea better than others. A couple favorite MIYUKI Delica colors of mine are 501, 22L, 1763, and 1764.

Laura McCabe

Laura McCabe, author of Laura McCabe’s Embellished Beadweaving, of Old Mystic, Connecticut:

That’s an ever-changing answer. I work in one palette for a while and then switch into a different one. Here’s what I have on my bead table this week:

Palette one: silver, dark purple, and gray

Palette two: turquoise, rust, and bright orange

Marcia DeCoster

Marcia DeCoster, author of Marcia DeCoster’s Beaded Opulence, of Lemon Grove, California:

I love the matte metallics, although lately I’ve been working almost equally with bright palettes.

Matte metallics lend a richness — or might I say opulence — to the pieces of jewelry I create. The bright colors lend a sense of fun. They’re all good!

Now, go back and read earlier questions to our panel — and I invite you to answer them yourself in each post’s Comments section:

1. How did you get started beading?

2. What characteristics set beaders apart?

3. What inspires your designs?

4. What’s your favorite personal piece of jewelry for wearing?

5. What’s your favorite part of your job as a jeweler or beader? Least favorite?

6. What’s your favorite beading book?

*Also read great recent Lark Jewelry & Beading interviews with leading creative beaders, jewelers, and metalsmiths—please leave comments and let us know what you think:

Margie Deeb

Laura McCabe (with free project PDF)

Jamie Cloud Eakin (with bonus project PDF)

Sabine Lippert

Carol Wilcox Wells

Cindy Thomas Pankopf

Joanna Gollberg

Mary Hettmansperger

Lisa Slovis Mandel

Nathalie Mornu (with two free project PDFs)

Our Blogger Profiles have featured Carol Dean Sharpe, Lorelei Eurto, and Andrew Thornton.


3 Responses

    grammajojo says:

    My absolute fav’s are silver, turquoise and copper. All shades, maybe it’s my Indian blood speaking to me!

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