Pantone Forecast for 2011

If you haven’t heard yet, let me be the first to tell you. HONEYSUCKLE IS THE COLOR OF THE YEAR !! Yes everyone, this warm pinky peachy , hint of fuschia has been adorned with the coveted status of color of the year from Pantonev ! As a bit of a girly girl myself , I have to say I really like it !

For over a decade, Pantone’s Color of the Year declarations have influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries including fashion, home and industrial design. Pantones innovative system for identifying, matching and communicating colors to solve the problems associated with producing accurate color matches in the graphic arts community. Pantones color matching system concept is used in color-critical industries, including digital technology, fashion, home, plastics, architecture and interior design, and paint. Today, the PANTONE Name is known worldwide as the standard language for accurate color communication, from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer, across a variety of industries.

I love the way Pantone describes the new Honeysuckle color as ; “emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life. ”

“In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Honeysuckle derives its positive qualities from a powerful bond to its mother color red, the most physical, viscerally alive hue in the spectrum.” –

Just take a look at this room a la Honeysuckle – it will definetely ward off your blues !

Some of the top Fashion designers have introduced this color into their garment designs; Nanette Lepores floral tunic dress screams exitment and adventure and Badgley Mischkas evening design radiates glamour and allure. On the runway it’s a color that’s hard to mis and mixed with a flora pattern it’s a guranteed striking look. I’m sure we’ll see this color more throughout the year and the summer as designs make their way into stores.


Honeysuckle is guaranteed to produce a healthy glow when worn by both men and women. It’s a striking, eye-catching hue that works well for day and night in women’s apparel, accessories and cosmetics, and in men’s ties, shirts and sportswear. The Dessy Group group offers bridesmaid dresses in the Honeysuckle colors, along with tuxedo options and accessories.



As part of this forecasting I’ve prepared featured firepolish beads in the honeysuckle color. (To view the products on our website click on the image , login as a customer and browse the Pantone favorites list.)

There’s a wide variety of our Johnbead products that match the Honeysuckle color. Makes for some exiting options and design possibilities. I was exited to see that Swarovski Elements Rose color is a great match.


Preciosa Crystal Options in Honeysuckle;


Other Honeysuckle options in seed beads, semi-precious stones, Miyuki Delicas and acrylic beads.



Cherry Quartz Semi-precious stones ;




If you yourself have made anything using the Honeysuckle color I would love to see it. You can email me at [email protected] and we can feature your creation on the next blog post !


Seed Bead Finishes and Coatings – What does it all really mean ?

I recently started looking deeper into the meaning of various seed beads and Miyuki beads. With so many types of finishes and coatings its easy to get confused, so I thought I would break it all down and make it easier to understand.

Let’s start with finishes; you’ve probably heard of these common ones.

Opaque –   beads are a solid color and do not allow light to pass through.


Transparent– beads are clear and tinted, and you can see through them.  Light is visible through the beads. There are many combination for transparent beads; matte transparent, matte transparent AB. 

Silver-Lined – beads have a shiny silver color-lining of a transparent bead.   The bead may be crystal, or any other transparent color.  There is a mirrored effect coming from the center of the bead making them metallic looking  

Color Lined-  beads transparent and have a color lining.  The colors vary, including special color effects such as metallic lined, gold lined or copperlined .


Matte (or Frosted) beads have an etched look to them, and sometimes called frosted effect. Matte finish  beads are usually opaque and of one solid color but can also have a Iris or AB effect. There are transparent matte finish seed beads. Those beads appear to be milky and are not truly see through.  These beads have been submerged in an etch compound or tumbled, removing part or all of the top layer of the bead surface, leaving the bead smooth. Matte beads have a unique feel to them; when you hold a bunch of these beads together or beadwork piece with these beads included, you will hear a soothing crinkly sound as you rub them together.  Most matte beads do not have a shiny appearance; however, if the bead is color-lined with brass, silver, or copper, the surface will be matted with a shiny surface showing through from the color-lining, making the bead look frosty in appearance.

Semi-matte – beads have a mixed glossy/matte finish to them.   They are a little brighter than regular matte finish beads.

Metallic Finish-  beads finish is one that has the appearance of metal. It can come in many different colors, bronze, gold, silver and copper tones. They are characterized by an extra shiny coating with the appearance of metal rather than the glass they are made of.

AB(Aurora Borealis) / Rainbow– These beads are sometimes referred to as AB or rainbow ,the finish creates an iridescent finish that reflect all the colors of the rainbow. It can be combined with transparent, matte, metallic or opaque beads.

Now for some of the more unique finishes.

Iris finish- beads are close to being iridescent. While iridescent(AB) beads will shimmer in all hues of the rainbow, iris finish beads usually include colors that are next to the main bead color on a color wheel. For example, blue iris beads would shine with some green and purple tones. Orange iris beads would have some red and some yellow hues. It appears to look like a drop of oil spilled in water.  For example, Blue Iris is black with blue rainbow effect, but solid in color.


Silk– Silky whiteness with Satin  Finish

Alabaster: beads that have a unique finish much like the old milk glass of the past, a dense translucent white or tinted finish.

Oily: glass seed bead with shallow translucence that gives it a greasy appearance.


Galvanized- beads have a coated finished applied to the glass through a galvanization process.  Silver-plating on the surface of the beads. This finish does come off, so we suggest you use a clear fixative, like Krylon spray.

Duracoat Galvanized–  Durable coating on a galvanized bead to ensure the coating does’t rub off easily.

Ceylon beads have a pearlized finish.   Sometimes the pearlized finish has been dyed to attain a particular color. The beads are sometimes identified as pearlized because of the pearly appearance of the finish. Ceylon beads can have a color line in the bead hole which will change or enhance the bead appearance. This bead is a favorite for making beadwork that appears to be composed of pearls.

Luster coating- creates an irridescent shine around the bead.  Lustered beads are rich, shiny, semi-transparent with a very high gloss.

Inside Color– Dyed color inside the hole of beads.

Special Plating– Special plated beads such as 24KT , Palladium , Nickel, etc

Special Treatments

Solgel (or Sol Gel): is name given for a specialized coated treatment that provides seed beads with longer lasting color. It protects seed beads from exposure to sunlight, washing, cosmetic exposure, perspiration, hand perspiration, and lengthy storage. The colors are fade-resistant, ideal for garment designers, and washable in temperatures below 40C; even when using fabric softeners.

Terra: is a treatment that provides seed beads with longer lasting color. Basic characteristics of terra colours are that they are fast to light, resistant to normal cosmetic products and perspiration. It is also recommended that when you launder any materials containing any terra colored beads, that you machine or hand wash at 40C in mild detergent for fine and color laundry.

Here is a Miyuki Chart that helps in learning more about finishes and their durability.

Process Feature ex. Color Sample Durability
Seed Beads Delica Beads A B C
Transparent Crystal or colored transparent. 0 0 0
Opaque Black,Chalk-White or colored opaque. 0 0 0
Silverline Silverplated into the hole of beads. Silverline
Silverline dyed X X
(AB coating)
Rainbow coating. Transparent rainbow 0 0 0
Opaque rainbow 488 0 0 0
Inside color rainbow 0 X
Luster Luster coating. Transparent luster 0 0 0
Opaque luster 0 0 0
Glazed luster 0 0
Metallic Iris coating or bronzed
luster glazed.
Gunmetal 0 0 0
Iris 0 0 0
Bronze 0 0 0
Gold Luster Gold luster glazed. X
Ceylon Luster coating or inside coloring of opalescent beads. 0 0 0
Inside Color Dyed color inside
the hole of beads.
Inside color 0 X
Dyed Color Dyed color
on the
surface of beads.
Galvanize Silverplating
on the
surface of beads.
Dyed X X
Durable coating on galvanize 0
Silk Silk White color with Satin finish. 2562 0 0 0
Special Plating Special Plated beads as 24KT,
0 0
Inside (Gold) 0 0

Inside( Copper)

198 X
Dyed none X X
Frost(Matte) Frosted beads. Frost 0 0 0
Frost rainbow 0 0 0
Matte bronze 0 0 0
Matte gold luster 37 X

*How to see the durability information
This data is based on our examination result and manufacturing history. It is not the absolute one, therefore it differs in an individual use and condition. Please confirm it well before you use it.

Mark Meaning
A Colors which might change and / or fade due to bright sun or deterioration with time.
B Colors rubbing off from friction or contact with skin acid.
C Colors which will alter or fade from dry-cleaning.
0 There is no problem in usual use.
There might be a problem in durability by individual use..
X There is not strong durability , so attention is required for use.

Please do appropriate handling referring to the above information and the following notices when they are applied to textile goods or accessories that touch the skin directly.

  • Some beads are dyed, galvanized or plated. The colors on the outer layers may come off, rubbed, or if soaked in the strong solvent.
  • Silverline or galvanized beads are oxidized while apply on certain fabrics that are acidic, they may decay or turn dark due to the chemical change. In order to avoid such case, neutralize your fabrics and threads before embroidering.
  • Some dyed color beads might fade in the sun.

 © 2010 John Bead Corp.



Halloween at John Bead !!!

It was that time of year again and here at John Bead we had a lot of fun dressing up and scaring each other.

It was that time of year again and here at John Bead we had a lot of fun dressing up and scaring each other.

Sailor Aro, Candy the Receptionist, Sarah the Pregnant/Bride from Hell, Chiao Ling the Cowgirl, Brianna the Cereal Killer, Maggie the Wedding Cake, Daniel the Vampire

Some costumes were cute, some funny and some downright creepy.

Our two Winners Donna aka Candy and Sarah received gift certificates. Happy Beading Ladies !

Let’s Go to the Creativ Show

The 23rd annual Creativ Festival
“Where shopping, inspiration and
creativity flourish!”

The Creativ Festival was held this past weekend from Oct 22-24th and JohnBead was there!

Brianna, Rishma, Maggie and Lilla

It’s where you go to get in-the-know and stay on top of what’s hot, what’s new and what’s next in the world of sewing, knitting, quilting, beading, needlework, rug hooking, fibre arts, paper crafts and other creative art forms.

Formally known as the creative sewing and needlework festival, the event has come some ways from it’s origin. Guests had a wider variety of creative outlets to admire. Though this wasn’t specifically a BEAD event, Swarovski Ambassadors  Laura Timmons and Stephanie Dixon held make and takes as well as classes. The show also featured Nick Regine who shared 25 years of Jewellery manufacturing experience as he showed guests how easy it is to use Hot Fix Swarovski Element Flatbacks. Guests embellisehd a denim pouch with the BeJeweler Stone Styler. Kim, key account manager of Swarovski Elements,  provided valuable insights and an exceptional overview of the company, their products, applications and trends that benefits both retailers and consumers alike.

Our Sales Manager Lynda got to take a class and had this to say;

“I had a fabulous time at the show on the weekend. If you want to get inspired then you must take a workshop with the fabulous duo, Kim Paquette and Nick  Regime, instructors from Swarovski. Kim was awesome as usual ,giving us valuable insights and showing trends that were very inspiring. Nick came up with great ways to apply Swarovski elements to fabric, glass, wood and Plexiglas. He had some great ideas and unique techniques with working with crystals.

They were awesome!

So if you ever see them at a show you must stop by and see them in action!” -Lynda.

A variety of Bead related Classes were showcased;

Jewellery & Accessory Design (25) All Levels-3 hour workshop

Guests worked with Swarovski Elements exploring the varity of techniues and discored various ways of setting stones. With different types of glue, epoxy clay, ultravilet and hot fix gluing techniques to create and embellish jewllery and accessories.

Pearl Knotting (25) All Levels- 2 hour workshop

Guests learnt the proper technique of pearl knotting to ensure high quality end results.

Jewellery & Accessory Design for Retailers – 3 hour workshop

The class was restriced to retailers and designers. They learnt new techniques to embellish and design jewellery and accessories using Swarovski Elements.

On our Saturday exploration of the show, we came across many beautiful works of art. There was a handful of booths representing Bead Stores ;

Dragon’s Lair

Bling Bling



…just to name a few.

Marilyn Gardiner had some wonderful kits ready with all the beads and findings as well as full instructions you’d need. She has various chainmaille designs and beadwork. Melanie from our inside sales team and Dorthe, from our purchasing department both did a make and take with Marilyn and made themselves some lovely earrings with the chainmaille technique.

The Girls and I also fell in love with Karibu Beads (Kazuri Beads from Kenya). Not only do the beads have a great story but they are trully beautiful and individually unique. Full of color and magic Kazuri was founded in 1975. The now established factory employs disadvantaged single women and trains them to produce these unique clay beads and jewellery. Kazuri is a member of the World Fair Trade Federation.

One of the other fun things I picked up at the show was a fur necklace made of sheared  beaver yarn made by Paula Lishman from Fur Yarn. It’s so nice and warm ,I love it for the coming fall season.

Fur Necklace

Scrapbooking and stamping seemed to have grown in popularity. The show was full of the latest and greatest sewing, knitting machines as well as the dedicated work of handcrafted knits and quilts.

Donna from our customer service team said it best;

“A veritable feast for the creative soul! A cornucopia of colour and inspiration!” -Donna


Saturdays New Item Showcase

Saturdays New Item Showcase Saturday proved to be a great success !

This past Saturday John Beads had it’s first New Item Showcase Saturday. Customers had the opportunity to see and purchase Swarovski Elements NEW colors and shapes for the Fall/Winter 2011/2012 season. The three new colors ; Sunflower Yellow, Silver Night Crystal and Light Gold Pearl were well received and customers who had attended Septembers Swarovski Seminar were happy to get their hands on the new items they had been shown in September.

Sunflower Yellow New Swarovski Element Color
Silver Night Crystal New Swarovski Element Color

My personal favourite from Swarovski Elements is the Wild Heart Pendant. Available in 12mm, 17mm and 27mm and in Sunflower, Aquamarine, Black Diamond, Crystal, Crystal Golden Shadow, Crystal Silvershade, Crystal Copper, Crystal Red Magma, Indian Pink, Crystal AB, Dark Indigo ,Jet, Rosaline and Tanzanite.

It’s a more modern breakaway from the classic heart shape.  The Wild Heart Pendant owes its elongated shape and asymmetric faceting to the nostalgic mood sweeping through the design world. One of Swarovski Elements inspirations is Farmland/Fox. It’s based on a Classic style that embodies rich reds and golds. It plays off floral patterns, that ones your grandmother would wear on her approne. It’s a step towards nature and the comforts of farmlife. The mood is familiar, cozy and warm.

Swarovski Element -Inspiration Autumn/Winter 2011/2012

The perfect compliment to this Wild Heart Pendant is leather cording as it makes the overall look  more organic. I also combined the Helios Pendant with leather cording further playing off of this Farmland/Fox theme.

Wildheart with leather Cording

Wildheart with thinner leather cording

Helios Pendant with Leather cording

Holiday Booklet and Designs

Our in house designer; Thanh Tran showcased New Earring designs for the upcoming Holiday Season. Angels, Evergreen Trees and Light Bulb Earrings were part of her demos, complete with instruction sheets customers could take home. Swarovski Elements Create-Your-Style Website features even more design. ( Ask us what items we carry that are featured on other designs)

Part of the Holiday Booklet


Rishma, our newest in house designer, did demos with Tila beads and farfalles. And with her bubbly personality, who wouldn’t get exited about beads !? She did a great job showing the Farfalle Ball Earring and the Tila Cuff Bracelet. The tila cuff bead is shown below. It’s a great piece for the fall season. The creator of the bracelet our designer Brianna Walsworth choose the Rasberry Gold Iris Tilas because of their beautiful iridescence and the way the bead shows many colors as the light reflects off it. She complimented it with the Gunmetal Tila that is easily matched to any color of clothing. Brianna also prefers to work with A Sterling Silver findings to ensure strength and durability of her jewellery pieces. This piece is beautiful and finely crafted, if you’re up for the challenge, it takes approx. 4 hours to complete.

Tila Cuff Bracelet

Bead weaving: How to start

You need 10 strands 1 ½ to 2 ft long to start.
3 strands in one bead tip for the outer wires and 2 strands in one bead tip for the middle wires.Materials Used:

690TL00-2005B Raspberry Gold Iris Tila Beads

690TL00-2001B Gunmetal Tila Beads

63900502 Delica Beads

96003084 Sterling silver 4 strand tube clasp

96003001 Sterling silver bead tips

250STW01430SLV Soft Touch fine wire

Farfalle Ball Earring

Materials Used:

68003005 Farfalle -Bow Beads (Farfalle)-Cut 2x4mm Opaque Blue Iris

690DB00-1211V Delica 11/0 RD Grey Mist  Silver Lined

17402328 Pearl Bead-PEARLS 16mm WHITE

74423057-01 BEADALON WILDFIRE .006″ 0.15mm BLACK- Thread

74701009-07 Artistic Wire- ART WIRE 18G Lead/Nickel SAFE PURPLE-spool

26001000-78 HEADPIN SILVER 2″ 10pcs x12

Amazing Farfalle Beads

I came across some great pieces using Farfalle Beads!

BERNADETT VARGA’s blog AGABEN, showcases the designers beautiful work. The farfalle bead , also known as Bow beads or peanut beads by some, have an interesting shape that allows the beads to fit into one anothers curves. This interesting shape gives way for endless amount of possibilities. Whether strung in a simple row or sewn in an elaborate stitch there’s no wrong way to farfalle.

Bernadett Varga’s pieces look elegant and finely crafted. The necklace below looks like such a solid construction using the crochet technique.

(Possible beads used Bow Beads (Farfalle) 2x4mm
Crystal Labrador Transparent

Necklace with Farfalle Beads

The round earring balls make me think of how many possibilities you can come up with using the farfalles.  Bernadett uses crochet techniques to create the jewellery and each piece is more interesting then the next.

Ball Earring Using Farfalle Beads
Want to make it ?
Bow Beads (Farfalle) 3.2×6.5mm
Amethyst Labrador Transparent

She also has many seed bead variations creating balls and long necklaces with interesting shapes. I love her combination of colors and the way she combines glass beads with seed beads and crystal bead accents.

Necklace with Glass Bead detail
Want to make it ?
Lamp Bead Halo Heaven 2pc

The matte seed bead combination and transparent seed bead is great on this ring. The seed bead creation is nicely mounted on a base metal ring. Such an elegant yet showy look.

Transparent and Matte Seed Bead Ring
Want to make it ?
Possible materials  ;

We also have sample necklaces in our showroom made by a designer from the Czech Republic; Adella Kodonova. The jewellery combines farfalles, crystals, pearls and seed beads. These pieces have more movement and you can see the shape of the farfalles a little more. The necklace is full of sparkle and glitz. The focal point with the pearls is beautifully done with crystals bursting out. I love the weight of the farfalles and the pearls, it’s a true statement piece.

Copper Colorado Necklace

Want to make it ?
Possible materials  ;
Bow Beads (Farfalle)-Cut 2x4mm
Crystal Copper Lined
277 5500 1073 246 SWAROVSKI BEAD 5500 ROUND DROP

96961945734-18T.C. – BEAD CAP DOME CLASSIC
Labrador Jetsetter Necklace

I love this look because really you can combine any type of bead in any variation of color and twist them around. You can make it as chunky or minimal as you like! All you need is a little black dress and this necklace!

Want to make it ?
Possible materials  ;
68002454s – Bow Beads (Farfalle) 2x4mm
Black Opaque
68002456s- Bow Beads (Farfalle) 2x4mm
Black Labrador Opaque
68002518s- Bow Beads (Farfalle) 3.2×6.5mm
Black Chrome Opaque

27753011779280- SWAROVSKI BEAD 5328 BICONE
27750002151001- SWAROVSKI BEAD 5000 ROUND
27750001515001- SWAROVSKI BEAD 5000 ROUND

Continue reading “Amazing Farfalle Beads”

Bead Extravaganza !

Leslie Rogalski

John Bead’s Bead Extravaganza 2010. Held September 14th and 15th was a hit ! 

The Tuesday evening wine and cheese, Swarovski seminars, designers, vendors from the USA, and attended by  over 200 customers to the john bead showroom, with a number of out of town guests staying for both days.  


Miyuki Tila Beads

With seminars, demos and make and take workshops from major suppliers from the USA and well known designers. Media personality Leslie Rogalski from Philadelphia, an artist, teacher  with a passion for creating jewelry.  She appears on the PBS TV series Beads, Baubles, and Jewels, With program segments sponsored by John Bead.  Leslie is the former editor of Step by Step Beads and, her designs and articles have been widely published. Leslie showcased our Miyuki Delica beads and the New Tila beads. Showing guests the Peyote stitch and the right angle weave stitch with the Tila beads.         

Stephanie Dixon showing off Swarovski Elements

Stephanie Dixon, Canada’s own Swarovski Ambassador was here crocheting up a storm. Her specialty being using 26 gauge artistic wire and Swarovski Elements, Stephanie showed guest how easy it is to crochet and use artistic wire to create rings, earrings and necklaces.        

Stephanie's Crochet Pieces with Swarovski Elements

Pam Arion from Tierra Cast was here to show an exciting sneak preview into their new Alternative line; Tierra Cast: Quality in the Making  . The line features TWO NEW Finishes ; Black , a classy and edgy shade and brass oxide that serves as a perfect complement for vintage-inspired designs. These finishes are shown in many of Tierra Casts already popular clasps, charms, caps, beads, bails and spacer designs. John Bead is excited to have these in stock. Pam also showed how great Tierra Cast can be combined with other beads and Swarovski Elements like the Tierra cast Setting that fit 12mm Rivoli stones.  As well as the Glue-in Charms that can hold ss10 flatback stones.                     

Joe and Pam
Tierra Cast Pendants
Glue-in Ribbon Charm with Pink Flatback

Karen Fish, a designer and bead store owner from Bracebridge, showcased various chainmaille designs. She used Beadalon’s jumpring makers to make her own jump rings using 20 gauge wire. Karen demonstrated various chainmaile patterns as well as the option of adding beads. (Chain maille books)    

Samples of chainmaille by Karen
Karen Fish Demonstrating chain maille
Designers from Flirt doing Make and takes with Unicorne Beads

Douglas Ho, President of Unicorne Glass Beads was also in the showroom. Designers from Flirt were doing make and take earrings using Unicorne beads. They showed guests how to make their own hooks using artistic wire and used tools from the JOHN BEAD line;      (JB PRO PLIER CHAIN NOSE WITH 3 STEP NYLON V ).    Guests then added 3 teardrop beads to the hooks and perfect, a new pair or earrings.             

The showroom buzzing for Beads

Tuesday nights wine and cheese cocktail party was full of excitement and buzz, one couldn’t help but feel like in a tradeshow. Swarovski’s North American representative; Vince Scalera debuted Swarovski Element’s New colors for the autumn/winter 2011/2012 season as well as new shapes, finishes and production components. (Book your appointment today with one of our sales representatives to learn more about what’s new from Swarovski Elements). Vince also presented next seasons major fashion inspirations, themes and moods.                     

Guests Enjoying Cheese in the Swarovski Elements Section
Guests Enjoying wine in the Showroom
The Swarovski Seminar


Vince Scalara from Swarovski presenting the coming seasons Trends

Guest went home with gift bags complete with Swarovski’s new magazine SALT as well as samples of the featured seasons products.  We would like to thank the Toronto Bead Society and the Canadian Beading Magazine for supporting us and inspiring our guests.