When I start a project, there’s usually left-over materials; and since I do so many different crafts, I have a well-stocked craftroom. One of these supplies I have a lot of are beads – I used to embellish my cloth dolls with them, and I’d usually end up with more than I’d ever need for a single project. Over the years I’ve incorporated beads into embroidery, crochet and other jewelry – this winter, I’ve been bead weaving bracelets to give as gifts.
The two bracelets with black beads in the center row were made with a Trendsetter pattern “Just Rollin’ Along”, and the red bracelet pattern was called “Parisian Lace”. It looks like the patterns are only available at bead shops, I picked mine up locally.
The first time I made one, it took about 4 hours. After that, each bracelet took about 2.5 hours to complete.
Beading and Books
Once I got the rhythm of the pattern down, I was able to listen to an audio book while bead weaving. While I made the red bracelet I listened to The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel* by Gabrielle Zevin – about a bookseller who experiences grief, a theft, and a mysterious delivery to his business that turns his life around. It was a good, slow paced book that I could listen to while working – but a little more sappy and contrived than I prefer in a story. It’s main character reminded me of another recent book that I LOVED – A Man Called Ove: A Novel* by Fredrik Backman – a story about a curmudgeon whose “…world is turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.” A Man Called Ove made me laugh out loud, and cry – it was fantastic. Audio books can be downloaded free through many libraries – visit yours to see what’s available.
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Some online beading weaving project how-tos:
- Aroundthebeadingtable.com – Right-Angle Weave stitch.
- Bead & Button magazine – Search Bracelet Projects.
- Beadcircle.com – Spiral Rope Necklace Tutorial.
- Inspirationalbeading.blogspot.com – Potawatomi Daisy Chain.
- Instructables.com – Beaded Loops Bracelet is a nice one.
- Joann.com – Visit the Projects + Inspiration tab.*
Most of my friends and family prefer traditional books, and multitask crafting with music or tv in the background. Do you love a good book? Multitask when crafting? Please, leave a reply below to comment.