As crafters, why do we love to do what we do? I've met a lot of beaders during the last ten years, and I've even created some new beaders through my beading classes, and they all have one thing in common: they are utterly passionate about beads and beading. We all have our different reasons for loving beads and beading, whether it's the meditative nature of beadwork or the fiery excitement of creating your own handmade lampwork glass beads at the torch.
I've tried to figure out what it is about beads and beading that inspires such passion in people. Beads are almost as old as the human race and were most likely the first form of self-adornment. Beads can be made out of almost anything — nuts and seeds, rocks, gemstones, glass, crystal and modern materials like plastics and precious metal. Art bead collectors will pay hundreds of dollars for a single handmade lampwork glass bead, and seed bead enthusiasts will pay the same for a dozen tubes of seed beads made out of precious metals like gold, platinum or silver.
If you've ever taken a really good beading class, you'll remember the laughter and the learning that goes on there. Friendships are made, beads are stitched together or even created out of glass, polymer or precious metal clay, or seed beads, and new works of art are brought to life from the depths of our imaginations. Is this what keeps us coming back for more and inspires us to pass on our knowledge and our skills to our friends?
Here on Beading Daily, we're celebrating National Craft Month throughout the entire month of March, and we're asking you to participate! Take a look at our collection of free beading eBooks — you'll find beading instructions and beading patterns for using crystal beads, seed beads, lampwork glass beads, beaded necklaces, peyote stitch, and bead embroidery as well as helpful information about learning how to bead, how to use your beading tools and how to make your own handmade beads!
Pass On Your Passion for Beading During National Craft Month
So, here's the challenge for National Craft Month: we want you to pass on your passion for beading and beadwork to someone new. Invite them over for a beading "date", have some yummy snacks, put on some fun music, and make some beaded jewelry! To give you a little encouragement, we're giving away a copy of How to Stitch Custom Clasps (DVD) by Melinda Barta (for you) and Getting Started With Seed Beads by Dustin Wedekind (for the friend that you introduce to beading and beadwork!)
|Teach someone how to bead during the month of March to celebrate National Craft Month, and you and your friend could win one of these titles from Interweave!|
All you have to do to win is leave a comment on this post telling us who you plan to teach beading to during the month of March for National Craft Month. We'll randomly choose one lucky winner from all the comments at 9 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, March 23, so comment before then for your chance to win. This giveaway sweepstakes is open to U.S. residents (excluding Puerto Rico), and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec); 18 years old or older at the time of entry. (Click here to read the official rules.)
Think about the person you remember when you think about who taught you how to bead. Was it your sister? Your best friend from college? A co-worker? Now it's your turn to be the inspiration for someone new to discover the wonderful world of beading, beadwork and jewelry making! Pass on your passion during National Craft Month and make the world a craftier (and more creative!) place!