Some of you might remember that last year, my friend and bead artist Dulcey Heller had pondered what would happen if there were a National Seed Beading Month, similar to National Novel Writing Month. I loved the idea, so I declared November to be NaSeBeMo — National Seed Beading Month. And yes, this is November first, so it's time to get out your seed beads and join me for some seed beading every single day during the month of November!
There are more than a few reasons why you should join me in making an effort to do some seed beading every day during the month of November. This is traditionally the start of the holiday season, and it's easy to get wrapped up in the plans and preparations. Being the mother of an almost-five-year-old, I find that there are days that just seem to zip past me before I feel like I'm even awake. Making the time to slow down and spend some quality time with my beads is a great way for me to stay grounded and focused during the month.
So why should you make the effort throughout the month of November do do some seed beading every day? Here are just a few that I can think of:
- UFOs! Not the kind that fly around in the sky and beam you aboard, but the kind that lie patiently in boxes and bags, scattered throughout your bead stash. Take out a few of those UFOs and turn them into finished beading projects.
- Do it as a gift to yourself. You probably spend a lot of time doing things for other people, but make November and NaSeBeMo all about doing something for YOU!
- Make a plan to bead with friends, every week. There's nothing better than spending some time beading with your buddies, so get some snacks, some good music, a couple of beading projects, and have some fun.
- Work on your holiday beading projects. If you like to make beaded jewelry for friends and co-workers as holiday gifts, November is the perfect month to get those projects finished and ready for your friends.
- Tackle that big beading project. Have you been wanting to make one of those amazing Designer of the Year projects from Beadwork magazine? Use the month of November and NaSeBeMo to get you sitting in front of your beads every day, and challenge yourself to expand you technical skills!
I'll be checking in a couple of times a week with my beading projects as I work on them. One of my very dear friends, who happens to be an insanely talented mixed media artist out in Los Angeles, has suggested that I do a joint art show with her combining my bead-weaving and her paintings. I love the idea, and the deadline for us to submit our work to the gallery is November 30 — so the timing for this is perfect.
To get you inspired for today, I'll share my latest bead embroidery cuff bracelet. I took a little bit of an extra long lunch break today and just sat with my beads, finishing the brick stitch edging on this cuff. I pulled it together using a lightweight aluminum cuff bracelet blank, a piece of fish leather from Nature Beads, a raku cabochon from MAKUstudio, a handful of bottle green spike beads from York Beads, and some fun new Picasso finish seed beads from Whimbeads. I decided to name it "Gorn", after that race of alien creatures from old episodes of Star Trek. Now you know my secret: I'm a secret science fiction geek!
Are you ready for some seed beading fun in November? Join us on Beading Daily for National Seed Beading Month! I'd love to see what you're working on this month — why not take a picture of your beading projects and post them in our Reader Photo Gallery?
P.S. If you're feeling stuck for ideas to get you in front of your beads, I'll be posting beading prompts on the Beading Daily Facebook page to get you inspired!