Ten Top Reasons to Bead
Why do we love beadwork?
Why is it so completely addictive that we sit up all night staring myopically into holes to string "just one more"?
The answers are as complex as the craft itself. Here are my personal Top Ten resons to bead.
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10. Beadwork is a visible craft
I have cross stitched for many years, and have all my Teresa Wentzler efforts framed and hanging on my living room walls.
Who sees these? Family and guests. Who sees your beadwork jewellery?
Everyone you meet. When I wear beadwork I have made, I get compliments. Maybe this appeals to my vanity, but there is
a huge amount of satisfaction in having your work appreciated.
9. Easy to start
To start in the world of beading all you need are beads! Oh - and maybe needles, thread and scissors - but you
probably have those hanging around already. Then you can slowly build up by small amounts of findings and tools,
then more beads, and more tools, and some more beads...
I am easily intimidated by crafts that have a large "start up overhead". I would for example, love to learn silver
smithing. But making the room, affording the gear, storing an anvil... (anvil?!)
8. Gift Giving
Like any craft, beadwork can make fabulous gifts. Hand made, professional and personal... A handmade gift says "especially
for you." Beadwork allwos me to make gifts for young or not-so-young, male or female, extrovert or quiet light.
7. Instant Accessories
Going out? What will I wear with this new burgandy top? What I need are some garnet earings!
Ten minutes later and I'm ready.
My partner has quietly put up with this for years, but I can't help but make that last-minute piece of jewellery before we
go out. This is appealing to my dreaded vanity again, and I must admit I have built up a fairly unwieldy collection
of "worn-once" jewellery. Maybe we should start a Bead Fairy ring with old jewellery. Anyone else out there do this?
Beadwork has always been part of human adornment. The connection with ancient and modern beadwork is profound
and important. It's also a generation bridge. Beading is the coolest hobby around. Finally, something I can
talk to the "young'ens about!
The beadwork community is huge. sometimes it's easy to forget that in a small town. But join a mailing list, guild or society.
Go to a class, shop or fair. Surf the net, read a forum, browse a site. There are thousands of friendly, helpul beaworkers out there.
Almost everyone is willing to share a design, technique or resource. The beadwork community is worth getting involved in.
4. Instant Gratification
Sometimes I have a deep need to make something now. I can make a pair of earrings or a bracelt in five minutes.
(Not exactly instant - but pretty darn close.)
3. Long Term Projects
Sometimes I have a deep need to make something creative, involving, fulfilling. I always have a long term project on the
go. A peyote amulet bag, a loomwork hanging, a freeform vessel. Beads give you a rhythmic, soothing aspect to a craft
that is meditative.
2. Variety and flexibility
Beadwork has so many aspects. From stringing beautiful chunky beads to make a fascinating necklace, to a sculptural piece made
with thousands of identical seedbeads, beawork has enough variety to keep me entertained for years. There are so many
different beads, so many techniques: there is endless challenge and discovery.
1. Love of Learning
Learning is one of the best things about living. I literally learn something surprising about beadwork every day.
Sharing techniques and ideas, trying out a new combination, finding a new source of beads... Making something
that no-one else has - or that everyone else has. It is ultimately rewarding.
Two more resons to bead:
Sent in by Marisa
- A means of earning extra money - especially when you are in a circumstance where you need to work from home.
- A creative outlet.
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