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Beading Daily Announces Top 10 Most Popular Projects of 2007

Loveland, Colo., January 4, 2008: Beading Daily announced today the site’s Top 10 Most Popular Projects of 2007, as told through the thousands of downloads conducted in 2007 by Beading Daily readers around the globe. Launched in August of last year, Beading Daily (BeadingDaily.com) is the new online community, library of free projects, online store, daily blog, and e-newsletter for beading and jewelry-making enthusiasts from Interweave Press, publisher of Beadwork, Stringing, Step by Step Beads, Step by Step Wire Jewelry, and Jewelry Artist magazines.

Beading Daily’s Top 10 Most Downloaded Projects List reveals a portrait of the trends in the industry, proving that enthusiasts are interested in a wide range of projects from earrings and bracelets to rings and necklaces. The most popular project of the year was a simple snowflake ornament—a perfect last-minute holiday gift or home décor project. The most popular stitch was the ladder stitch, a technique used in five of the top 10 projects of 2007.

Beading Daily’s Top 10 Most Downloaded Projects of 2007 and their designers, in order of popularity, are:

1. Snowflake Ornament — designed by Robin Cowart, this festive netted snowflake has many uses: Decorate your holiday gifts with it, dangle it on a small suction cup with a hook in a window, or hang it on a Christmas tree.

2. Filigree Drops Earrings — designed by Jamie Hogsett, these elegant earrings are an exclusive Beading Daily excerpt from Create Jewelry: Crystals (Interweave Press, 2007), using a custom crystal mix called Aquadesiac.

3. Lazy B Ranch Bracelet — designed by Beading Daily editor Michelle Mach, this western-style bracelet includes rugged opal nuggets, ladder-stitched beaded beads made of smoky quartz rondelles, and a silver buckle clasp. This project was created by Mach for the December 2007/January 2008 Beadwork challenge.

4. Elegant Netted Bracelet — designed by Deborah Meyer, this bracelet combines ladder- stitched cube bands with simple bugle and seed bead netting, with a few crystals for sparkle and fun.

5. Ladder Rings — designed by Dustin Wedekind for his latest book, Getting Started with Seed Beads (Interweave Press, 2007), this is a great beginner’s project that teaches the basics of ladder stitch.

6. Zulu Flowerette Chain — designed by Diane Fitzgerald, this project garnered the most votes from Beading Daily readers in the site’s offer to give away one free pattern from Fitzgerald’s new book, Zulu Inspired Beadwork (Interweave Press, 2007).

7. Cubed Herringbone Bracelet — designed by Lorraine C. Menard, the ladder-stitched cube beads in this bracelet form a sturdy foundation row that helps begin herringbone stitch. The row is then repeated along the length of the bracelet for visual and structural support.

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