Cute as a Bug

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.


  1. Pamela Black says

    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.

  2. says

    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.

  3. Elena T says

    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.

  4. Cher Wallace says

    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.

  5. Barb says

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

  6. Belinda says

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

  7. Julie B. says

    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.

  8. Linda says

    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.

  9. red carousel lion says

    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

  10. tanvel says

    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.

  11. Jacqueline says

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

  12. Mariana Gray says

    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!

  13. Jane S. says

    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!

  14. ChrisTea says

    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.

  15. Patti says

    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

  16. Iesa says

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

  17. Nancy Markosky says

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

  18. Ivis Mccarthy says

    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!

  19. Amy @ Sew Incredibly Crazy says

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

  20. Donna says

    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!

  21. Megg says

    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.

  22. says

    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!

  23. says

    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.

  24. OHSue says

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

  25. Christine Bolin says

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

  26. Shari says

    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!


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