it is hip to be square this winter

You are seeing them EVERYWHERE at the moment- the hot new Czech Two-Hole Tile Beads. They have all the versatility of their Miyuki counterparts, but the corners are softer and the look more rustic overall. We are seeing them paired with leather and cord this season to create casual, organic feeling bracelets. We say NEW, but they were actually first produced in the Czech Republic (as it is now known!) in the 1930s and recently have been brought back to production!

Czech-Mates Two-Hole Tile Beads

Miyuki’s Tila Beads have near perfect shapes and holes with crisp, sharp corners and edges.  They are so fun to bead with as you can make up a piece with relative ease in a short space of time (unlike those itty bitty seeds).  They create great checkerboard effects too.

But they are not the only square shaped beads on the market!  If you prefer your square beads to stack and be substantial, you could also try a cube shape.  In the glass category there are the Czech Cubes and the Miyuki Squares in 3mm & 4mm.  Their differences are similar to the two-holed square beads- the Czech ones are more rounded and soft, whilst the Japanese thread together very neatly due to their consistency of shape and sharp corners.

miyuki squares

 And of course nothing rivals the brilliance and depth of Swarovski Crystal Cubes.  Considerably costlier but worth every penny for the elegance.

swarovski cubes

What will you create with square-shaped beads this autumn?  czech two-hole tile beads

(Originally published November 20, 2012)

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