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cover art of Beaded BugsEven if you aren’t a fan of bugs, you will love the creations from Nicola Tedman and Jean Power. Their new book Beaded Bugs: Make 30 Moths, Butterflies, Beetles, and Other Cute Critters showcases creations that are too beautiful not to love. Based on 7 simple prototypes and using a palette of brilliant and iridescent beads, this book will teach you to make 30 beaded insects from around the world.

A professional model maker, Nicola Tedman has worked on numerous productions including the Harry Potter films. Jean Power has written three beading books including 200 Beading Tips, Techniques, and Trade Secrets. Together in this new book from Andrews McMeel Publishing, these talented women will teach you how to create lifelike creatures. They recommend that you start with the flat patterns and work up to the more 3-dimensional ones. To get you started, they are sharing a free pattern for the Eastern Tailed Blue Butterfly!

Five lucky winners will be drawn for a free copy! To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment telling how you will use your beaded bug creations to make jewelry. The giveaway ends June 23, 2012. Sorry, the giveaway is open to US mailing addresses only.

By Stacie Hooder

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101 Comments so far

  1. Toqua's Crafts on June 9, 2012 11:08 pm

    I don’t make jewelry, but I could incorporate the bugs into my ornament making, and I could make bugs for my grandsons! They would *LOVE* them!!


  2. JaanL on June 10, 2012 4:11 am

    OMG I love BUGS…I am worse than my son, always picking up bugs. I have a small collection of some really weird looking ones. Would love to win this book, and make my OWN BUGS.

  3. Roselyn Mendez on June 10, 2012 4:19 am

    I think little beaded bugs strung with forged copper would make magical necklaces.

  4. Erica Black on June 10, 2012 7:01 am

    I would love to incorporate some of the different bugs into my jewelry making, as of now butterflies and lady bugs dominate. I think these would make adorable hair clips as well.

  5. Donna Worth on June 10, 2012 11:54 am

    I make jewelry and hats and I would like to add some of these beauties to my hats!

  6. joann loos on June 10, 2012 2:54 pm

    I love bugs! I have a wonderful book on stumpwork bugs (stumpwork is a kind of 3d embroidery.) I’d probably make them into brooches and use them in necklaces.

  7. Jane Thomas on June 10, 2012 3:33 pm

    I have never made a bug piece of jewelry, but am up to trying most anything at least once. These are certainly pretty bugs.

  8. Dennis on June 10, 2012 7:27 pm

    Hi, I would make pins with the bugs. I know a lot of people that would love to wear a bug on there jackets,shirts on anything. I would love to win so thank you for the giveaway.

  9. Kelly on June 10, 2012 7:59 pm

    I would love to learn how to make ladybugs… they remind me of my great-grandmother.

  10. patricia on June 10, 2012 9:07 pm

    I would make bugs for my grandchildren. My grandson collected dead bugs at one time. I think these would be better!

  11. bridget on June 11, 2012 4:49 am

    I would make so many pieces of art. Love beads, love bugs.

  12. Shelley Shipley on June 11, 2012 6:16 am

    Jewelry? I see possible pendants, necklaces, bracelets and pins. Bugs are “in”. However, I would also be making these to use as embellishments on purses and 3-D artwork! I see zipper pulls, window shade and mini blind pulls. Cute on the pull of a ceiling fan! So many ideas. I would love to win a copy of this book!

  13. Patrcia Newton on June 11, 2012 6:19 pm

    These are cool!!! I think they would look great on the barefoot sandels that I bead :)!!!

  14. Jamie Papantonakis on June 12, 2012 3:37 pm

    I could see these made for home decor, scrapbooks, cards……

  15. Sara Shalom on June 13, 2012 7:30 am

    I think beetle earrings would rock, and of course a butterfly necklace would be beautiful. But I think I would more likely use these patterns to add to the 3-dimentional fabric creations I make. Right now, I’m working on a mixed-media (all different fibers and beads) bird nest. It would be really cool to have some little critters included! Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  16. Tabitha on June 13, 2012 8:48 am

    I’m thinking the bugs would be great as embellishments for art journaling, quilts, cards , etc.!

  17. Deanna on June 13, 2012 8:46 pm

    Anything with a butterfly would be great. Maybe a bracelet with colorful beetles or ladybugs.

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  19. Liz on June 14, 2012 9:17 am

    My daughter is so into crafts lately that this would be an awesome way for her to be able to keep all the “buggies” she finds.

  20. Judianne on June 15, 2012 5:26 pm

    My favorite pin, when I was a teenager, was a lovely gold butterfly with posable wings. What a thrill it would be to make one myself, only this one would be so colorful!

  21. Jen on June 16, 2012 12:49 pm

    I love bugs! There are so many cool ones in the world. These would make great earrings or a bracelet. Would love to make some great creepy crawly earrings for Halloween.

  22. Lee on June 16, 2012 4:47 pm

    I think the bugs would be cute as pins to put on handmade purses and bags! thanks!

  23. Kim Hil on June 19, 2012 12:35 pm

    I’d use the bugs to incorporate into mixed media brooches or hair items, or for mixed media projects in general. I’ve been learning to work more with seed beads lately – I’m guessing it’s that maturity that comes with going over that hill?

  24. marieHa on June 20, 2012 7:31 am

    I would incorporate them into my flower necklaces and felt brooches.

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  26. Leanne S on June 20, 2012 11:01 pm

    I just want to try jewellry making & this would be a perfect start.

  27. Whitney on June 20, 2012 11:15 pm

    I would totally make metallic beaded bugs and use them in steampunk jewelry!

  28. Helea on June 20, 2012 11:20 pm

    This is awesome. I would love to make it, wear it & have my friends admire it.

  29. nicole on June 21, 2012 12:36 am

    we are always looking for new items to make for the annual school fundraising bazaar- I know these guys would sell like crazy!

  30. Beverly on June 21, 2012 1:02 am

    Something new for me to try.

  31. Carolyn Kotlas on June 21, 2012 4:00 am

    I would make pins for my friends’ children who are all into bugs. I think there may be some future entomologists in the group of kids who would love these bugs!

  32. Sandy on June 21, 2012 4:30 am

    These would be great pins to complement machine embroidered flowers.

  33. Ana on June 21, 2012 4:38 am

    A must have book! Insects are amazing and beautiful creatures and these beaded pieces are a homage to them*

  34. Janet Dickerson on June 21, 2012 4:50 am

    These are so beautiful! Would make lovely pins for wearing on my jackets. Or decorating my fridge for my granddaughter to play with.

  35. Gramma LaDow on June 21, 2012 5:02 am

    I haven’t done any beading in a few years now. This would be fun to make for the grandchildren who are all grown up now.

  36. Diana on June 21, 2012 5:16 am

    My daughter would love these! These would be cute on headbands, necklaces or pins.

  37. Shari Harniss on June 21, 2012 5:17 am

    I would make and give them as gifts to those who like bugs like me!

  38. Sarah on June 21, 2012 5:20 am

    My daughter loves beading and bugs. I would give the book to her and let her go crazy with rings, headbands, bracelets, anything she could think of.

  39. Sue H on June 21, 2012 5:31 am

    These are too cute! I would put them on pushpins and have them traveling all over my bulletin board at work!

  40. Kate Wild on June 21, 2012 5:31 am

    Thanks for the butterfly pattern. Going on th e to do list. The instructions are clear & great pics to follow. I would the bugs in multiple ways, embellishments, jewelry,or stand alones.

  41. Kate Sanfilippo (Picklelady) on June 21, 2012 5:40 am

    I LOVE these! I’d use them as brooches, and/or decorate handbags with a whole “swarm” of them!

  42. Mandy L. on June 21, 2012 5:45 am

    I would love to make beaded bug pendants! How fun!

  43. Bettina Groh on June 21, 2012 5:47 am

    I’ve never tried this type of beading… but I would love to make the ladybug! I’d want to have it where I could see it… maybe hanging yp by the sewing machine?

  44. Darlene Doerscher on June 21, 2012 5:49 am

    wow, these would be so cool on my crazy quilts! Thanks for the opportunity!

  45. Terry on June 21, 2012 6:17 am

    I would use the bug patterns for earrings and also for embellishment on wall quilts, pillows for the porch, and my Granddaughters sundresses!

  46. Sonya Addington on June 21, 2012 6:20 am

    I have beaded goldfish in this fashion. If I win this lovely book I would add the critters to my crochet scarves and sweaters.

  47. Sheila on June 21, 2012 6:32 am

    Bugs AND beads? I’m in love! Thanks for the chance to win!

  48. rac on June 21, 2012 6:33 am

    I love beading & bugs, never thought of combining them! Bees are my favorite, spiders are a close second. A bracelet of bees would be my use. Maybe a spider one at Holloween!

  49. June Wicks on June 21, 2012 6:37 am

    My grandchildren’s father is a middle school science teacher. I would create these bugs and make them into pins for them. They know a lot about everything science and this would give them a chance to share their knowledge when someone comments about their pins.

  50. Dee on June 21, 2012 6:52 am

    Are there any dragonflies? Would love to have this.

  51. Rachael on June 21, 2012 6:55 am

    Butterflies are on of my feature creatures [ever] and I’ve love to make some beaded brooches using them!

  52. Aimee on June 21, 2012 7:00 am

    How fun! I’d love to have this.

  53. Pamela Black on June 21, 2012 7:00 am

    What an absolutely splendid idea! Never have I beaded bugs before, but this craft is simply adorable!! This might possibly help my four year old with her fear of all things insect.

    Thank you for the opporrunity.

  54. Mary Mac on June 21, 2012 7:17 am

    Cute critters these are. Great book.

  55. Lelia on June 21, 2012 7:17 am

    Beaded bugs as jewelry? I’m thinking pins! Depending on the size, they’d be cute with fabric flowers, on bags, and with ‘hangers’ to put in the craft area.

  56. Elena T on June 21, 2012 7:21 am

    Little butterflies and other bugs would make a fun addition to many different projects. I would make scarf pins, knit bags and necklaces to decorate with these.

  57. Cher Wallace on June 21, 2012 7:28 am

    Bugs! I love berets & would make a brooch & perch it on one. Then there is my Grandson who, of course, loves every little bug on Earth. Thanks.

  58. Barb on June 21, 2012 7:41 am

    I would so use these with Girl Scouts! I have been looking for beading ideas for camp!

  59. Sue on June 21, 2012 7:43 am

    I think these look like so much fun! I have a grandson who would love these!

  60. Calida on June 21, 2012 7:58 am

    I love to embellish sweaters, and create hair do-dads. I think adding some insects would be FAB!

  61. Belinda on June 21, 2012 8:10 am

    I would love to make these and the children would love to do this in the classroom.

  62. Linn Plous on June 21, 2012 8:36 am

    Looks like fun!

  63. Julie B. on June 21, 2012 8:38 am

    I would like to make cute brooches to wear on my cardigans. Also, these would be so cute on a pin cushion or fabric covered box.

  64. Linda on June 21, 2012 8:46 am

    Oh my goodness, was so excited to see this book as my stepdaughter makes jewelry, I do some beading with others help and my granddaughter loves to make things with beads so this would be such a fun and useful book and perhaps I would be able to learn more to. Could add the pieces to my scrapbook work also.

  65. red carousel lion on June 21, 2012 8:49 am

    would use them on purses, for jewelry, bookmarks, decorations on shoes and headbands, etc. Maybe even make an old fashioned shadowbox that features an assortment of them

  66. tanvel on June 21, 2012 9:53 am

    I bead small animals, cats, bears, fish, etc. Would love to learn new techniques and be able to bead new animal forms. Thanks for the opportunity.

  67. Nancy on June 21, 2012 9:59 am

    Pins for purses!

  68. Jacqueline on June 21, 2012 10:25 am

    I think the bugs would look great made into pins and put on a hat. Making bug necklaces also sounds fun.

  69. Mariana Gray on June 21, 2012 10:27 am

    I would love to win this book! I love incorporating beaded bugs into my jewelry, and I love sending little surprises to my nieces and nephews!

  70. DeeAnn S on June 21, 2012 10:27 am

    wouldn’t some of these bugs make neat rings? And zipper pulls? and head bands?

  71. Lara on June 21, 2012 11:06 am

    I would love to win this book

  72. Jane S. on June 21, 2012 11:32 am

    Bugs seem a lot less “yuck” when they’re made out of pretty beads! Beaded ladybugs would be cute earrings, and I would love to have a hairclip that was a pretty blue butterfly. Thank you for the chance to win this neat book!

  73. superstitches on June 21, 2012 12:03 pm

    Those beaded butterflies would make great hair ornaments.

  74. Sharianne on June 21, 2012 1:02 pm

    I just cut my hair short and these bugs would make great hair clips!

  75. Poppy on June 21, 2012 1:16 pm

    I think a ladybug necklace would be super cute. They’d also be great added to fabric flower brooches.

  76. ChrisTea on June 21, 2012 2:22 pm

    I think these buggies would look so cute on some of my cross-stitch! I can also see them embroidered on jeans and hats. I would love to have this book! Thank you.

  77. Patti on June 21, 2012 2:42 pm

    I do alot of peyote work and would love to make butterflys as well as other bugs to in corperate into my barretts and bracelets.Thank you

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  79. Pedro Orofino on June 21, 2012 4:56 pm

    Awesome book, would love having those pieces for my collections ! ! !
    I’m a jewelry designer and looking for beads animals ! ! !
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    great post !

  80. Alisa Shea on June 21, 2012 5:58 pm

    These are so cool and I would love to win the book. Thanks

  81. Iesa on June 21, 2012 6:32 pm

    I love wearing insects. This would be great to make my own. What a great give away. Thanks.

  82. Nancy Markosky on June 21, 2012 6:41 pm

    I think I would make pins with the beaded bugs or maybe to dress up a plant– so cute!!

  83. Geneva Collins on June 21, 2012 7:31 pm

    I’d love this book. I blogged about beaded spiders recently.

  84. Misti on June 21, 2012 8:07 pm

    Some sparkling beetle barrettes would be adorable!

  85. Ivis Mccarthy on June 22, 2012 12:39 am

    These are so cute.. I could use them for earrings, necklaces ,or pins. They are quite versatile looking,and could be easily incorporated into so many wonderful items!

  86. Amy @ Sew Incredibly Crazy on June 22, 2012 4:59 am

    My daughter would love this book! She is so talented making her own creations. This might help her with logistics and more ideas.

  87. Donna on June 22, 2012 5:21 am

    Wow – this is awesome – as a homeschool mom, this would go right along with science, art and home-making! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  88. Megg on June 22, 2012 6:52 am

    My daughter and nephew are obsessed with bugs. I would make them into pins for them to wear or put on their schoolbags. I would also use the bugs in multimedia pieces of artwork.

  89. linda on June 22, 2012 6:53 am

    necklaces; pins would be great

  90. Dianne Kolan on June 22, 2012 7:03 am

    I’d bead up a few butterflies & ladybugs for a summery wreath I’m making for my daughter’s birthday. It would also be really fun to bead a few non-cute bugs for Halloween! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  91. Ginger B on June 23, 2012 12:26 am

    I would love to win this book. Honestly I don’t know about jewelry yet. I just want to make plant stakes for my dear friends extensive indoor container garden collection. Oh and a butterfly pin for my grandmother’s favorite Sunday hat.

  92. OHSue on June 23, 2012 12:28 am

    Well, normally I hate bugs, but I think I could learn to love these beauties! Nice as a pin or necklace.

  93. Christine Bolin on June 23, 2012 2:44 pm

    Looks like a really interesting book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  94. Lisa McClellan on June 23, 2012 6:10 pm

    these would be sooo cool to use as emblishments on art quilts!

  95. Deanna Bures on June 23, 2012 10:22 pm

    I would love to use these beaded beauties on my crazy quilt blocks.

  96. Shari on June 25, 2012 6:37 am

    I just saw this book in the store the other day!!! I would love love love a copy! May the random number gods finally smile my way!

  97. Stacie Hooder on June 26, 2012 7:23 pm

    Congratulations! You are 1 of 5 winners!

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    Congratulations! You are second of 5 winners!

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    Congratulations! You are third of 5 winners!

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