Although I rarely wear any jewellery except for special occasions, the inner girl in me (or is it an inner magpie?) just can’t resist beads. Especially ones made of semi-precious stones. It amazes me that nature comes up with such wonderful colours and patterns in a mineral form. I know it is entirely irrational, but like shoes or handbags, a girl just can never have too many beads (or buttons, fabrics and yarns, if you are the crafty sort).
So on the occasional idle moments when I can’t be bothered to do anything else, and I have already looked through new Ravelry patterns and Pinterest pictures, I might browse through a few bead shops on the internet (like Kernowcraft, Bluestreak Beads or Beads Direct) and admire their offerings. Until recently I had resisted buying anything from them, as I knew it would be dangerous and open the flood gates, and yet another stash of craft materials would be created.
But I do have one sister, and three sisters-in-law, as well as a mother, a mother-in-law and various other female relatives, so it is always good to have present ideas that appeal to the female audience. So in November I decided to give in and have a go at bead making.
Although theoretically a simple thing, I did need to buy a book about it as there were so many bits and pieces and tools on the websites that I didn’t quite know what exactly I need. But once I had read a few chapters of this little book, it all seemed pretty straight forward.
And it was a lot of fun: quick and easy and very nice results to show for it. The beads I made as Christmas presents really went down well. Compared to making knitted presents you really are working on super-sonic speeds with bead making. It’s almost too quick: as it doesn’t take very long at all to make one necklace, and so you just want to keep making them.
And very soon you do discover that it is in fact possible for a girl to have too many beads (which probably explains why there are so many jewellery makers on Etsy and various craft shows). If you start making them on regular basis, you either make lots and lots of presents or else you are going to have to start selling them. I have no intention of becoming a jewellery maker, but as an occasional diversion from my textile crafts I can see it being a lot of fun.