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“Would you be(ad) my Valentine?”

“Would you be(ad) my Valentine?”

Valentine’s Day was definitely not a part of our tradition in Eastern Europe. I found it sappy, even fake when I first heard about it. It seemed nothing more then another reason to spend money on unnecessarily gifts. Pink hearts, Cupid and overweight doves… Definitely not my cup of tea!

15 years later: we are married, had our ups and downs, and both of us are passionate not only about each other, but also about our careers. My two jobs (beading and doing guided tours in Amsterdam) and his dedication to computer science and his company doesn’t leave us with a lot of free time. Wouldn’t it be nice to just sit down and enjoy a dinner together (which I didn’t have to cook and after which he doesn’t have to do the dishes)? No kitschy postcards or Celine Dion-songs. No big gestures and love poems. Just talking about our favourite memories, planning new adventures for the future and enjoying each other’s company.

Should we maybe celebrate Valentine’s Day, for the first time in our life? If yes, then should I wear something special? I already made a list of the best Valentine’s Day-jewellery to choose from, just in case 🙂

I love a lot of different kinds of beads, however, my favourite designs are the ones featuring cabochons. Debora Hodoyer did a great job with turning a Swarovski rivoli into a heart-shaped pendant. You can make it vibrant like Debbie did with the neon pink Superduo beads or you can choose a romantic colorway, too.

Beading tutorial for Debora Hodoyer’s ‘Heart me’ pendant

I know that there are beaders out there who are not the biggest fans of Right Angle Weave, Cubic Right Angle Wave and Prismatic Right Angle Weave. I have to admit, that they can be challenging to understand at first. But did you see these cute hearts designed by Cindy Holsclaw of Bead Origami? They are definitely a good enough reason to give RAW, CRAW and PRAW one more try!

Beading tutorials for Cindy Holsclaws ‘Peace Heart’ and the ‘Double Hearts’ 

Aurelio Castano is the master of jewellery design. He started to work with classic jewellery making techniques, but nowadays he is dedicating his talent to the art of beadweaving. Together with Edwin Batres he is designing beautiful beadwoven pieces under the brand ‘ACL Patterns and More’. The ‘Forbidden Love Bangle’ is a clever design:  it reveals the little hearts hidden on the sides of the bracelet when you turn it sideways!

Beading tutorial for ACL Patterns and More’s ‘Forbidden Love Bangle’



Heather Kingsley Heath is the designer who invented and developed one of the newest beading stitches, the Albion stitch. One of my goals for 2018 is to push myself to learn new techniques, and my friend Marie recommended me to get Heather’s book. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to bead a design from it yet, but even looking at the pictures got me convinced, how awesome Albion stitch is! The Albion heart designed by Heather is just another proof, that I definitely have to try it, and the sooner the better 🙂 The colourful beads give the Albion heart a boho look, but I bet it would look great in a classic black and silver or black and gold combination, too!

Beading tutorial for Heather Kingsley Heath’ Albion heart


Would you like to give something special to your other half? Katie Dean’s Beaded Heart Box is the best possible way to gift-wrap a Valentine Day’s surprise. It requires patience to build a bead box like this, but it’s definitely worth it. Thanks to the button Katie designed the top is attached to the bottom of the box, so the gift is safe inside!

Beading tutorial for Katie Dean’s Beaded Heart Box

Helena Tang Lim’s ‘Intertwined’ are two cool beadwoven hearts joined together. They can be elegant and stylish or funny and casual – it depends only on your colour choices! You can make the two PRAW hearts in the same colours or you can choose a different shade for the small and the big one. And the result? It can be a pendant for yourself or even a gift to your loved one, if you make the hearts into a key fob. The interlinked hearts will always remind your partner of the special day you spent together when he/she received the gift!

Beading tutorial for Helena Tang Lim’s ‘Intertwined’


Gwen Fisher of Bead Infinitum designed a heart using only seed beads. Even if you don’t have the special bead shapes on your hand at the moment, you can still bead a Valentine’s Day piece of jewellery by following Gwen’s tutorial. It shows you how to bead hearts inspired by tatting and lace in two different sizes. It’s up to you how you assemble the components into a delicate, elegant bracelet, pendant or even earrings!

Beading tutorial for Gwen Fisher’s ‘Beaded Lace Hearts’


Do you plan to enjoy something really special on the 14th of February? Then a cocktail ring hiding no less then six Swarovki hearts is the way to go! Apollinariya Koprivnik’s ‘Flower ring’ is a luxurious piece with a lot of bling, since besides the little hearts you will also need some Swarovski bicones and a 14 mm rivoli cabochon in the middle.

Beading tutorial for Apollinariya Koprivnik’s Flower ring

Another special piece from the atelier of Edwin Batres and Aurelio Castano is the Korazón pendant. The heart is beaded entirely from Swarovski Elements bicone beads! You can be among the first to wear it (and bead it) ever, since the tutorial has just made its debute!

Beading tutorial for ACL Patterns and More’s Korazón beaded heart


How cool are these ‘Anatomical hearts’ by Nepinka? Let me answer this: VERY, VERY, VERY cool! If you would like to stick to your casual style, but still wear a special piece of beaded jewellery for Valentine’s Day, then this is the way to go! Nepinka (Olya) designed several different versions, all available in her brand new Etsy shop.

Deading tutorial for Nepinka’s ‘Anatomical hearts


Recently I received a big package of Amos par Puca beads. If there is a bead looking like it was made for Valentine’s Day, then the Amos beads are the one 😀 A pair of Amos side-by-side looks just like a cute little heart, and the ‘Amore Mio’ bracelet is packed with them. Every motif is featuring three little hearts. You need only some Japanese seed beads and a bunch of Swarovski bicone beads to bead this elegant bracelet, perfect for Valentine’s Day and beyond!

Beading tutorial for the ‘Amore Mio’ bracelet

Which one is your favourite Valentine’s Day design? Did you make or do you plan to make a special piece of jewellery for the 14th of February? Tell us in a comment!


P.S. The beautiful dark fuchsia heart-shaped cabochon on the cover image is available here in a very limited amount.

Comments (10)

  1. fantastic blog you have here. Just discovered you using bing! Thank you all you effort into this website.

    peniche blue casca
    Sep 19, 2018 Reply
    • I’m glad you like it 🙂 Have fun reading and beading!

      Erika Sandor
      Sep 20, 2018 Reply
  2. Hello Erika

    They are all beautiful pieces, but I had already bought the heart pattern of Heather Kingsley, but it is a complicated pattern, that requires a lot of study, while I have already made many designs. And we do nothing about VALENTINE, only for the retailers.

    W.M.J. Brouwers
    Feb 15, 2018 Reply
    • I agree, it’s a bigger deal in the shops then at households. And I appreciate a lot more the little bouquet of flowers I got yesterday and the nice talk we had, sitting at the kitchen table together, even if it was late night already when we got to meet, then I would have some luxurious gifts. For me holidays are about being together, not about shopping 🙂
      Heather’s heart is actually my favourite from the list. Now you motivated me even more to get it, I like challenges 😀 I’m sure she’s happy to help if you need some extra advice.

      Erika Sandor
      Feb 15, 2018 Reply
  3. How lovely of you to share other artists’ work and sites. Happy Valentines Day.

    Phyllis Dintenfass
    Feb 14, 2018 Reply
    • Thank you, Phyllis, same to you 🙂

      Erika Sandor
      Feb 15, 2018 Reply
  4. Wonderful selection of desings, I love this article! <3 Posielam pusu!

    Feb 14, 2018 Reply
    • Dakujem, draha Zuzi! Objimam 🙂

      Erika Sandor
      Feb 15, 2018 Reply
  5. Great article Erika!
    LOVE the artist and the pieces!

    Feb 14, 2018 Reply
    • Thank you, Cathy 🙂

      Erika Sandor
      Feb 15, 2018 Reply

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