National Seed Beading Month – Let's Do Some Seed Beading Every Day!

Dulcey Heller, a Beadwork magazine contributor and beader extraordinaire, mentioned that today begins National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as it's known to those who love to write. The concept is that you have the entire month of

It would take me much longer than 30 days to finish up all these bead embroidered cabochons!

November – thirty days – in which you MUST write every single day, and at the end of the month, you'll either have a first draft of a novel, or at least a very good start on a first draft of a novel.

Dulcey wondered what would happen if we had a National Beading Month, or as she put it, a National Seed Beading Month (NaSeeBeMo?) where instead of writing every single day, you worked with your seed beads every single day. What a concept! It sure sounded good to me.

The first challenge piece I need to complete in November is for the Etsy Beadweavers' Team. The theme: Arabesque Art.
My beading challenge kit from The Hole Bead Shop – what am I going to make with THESE?

What would you do if you got to do some seed beading every single day? Would you finish some of those UFOs (un-finished objects) that are tucked away in plastic bags? Would you start some new projects and learn some new beading techniques? Maybe you would start a beading group with friends so that you would be able to bead at least once a week. Or you could just enjoy the sensation of working with your seed beads and your hands every day for a month.

I liked Dulcey's idea so much that I have decided to make it my own personal challenge to bead every single day in the month of November. I may not be able to write a novel, but I sure can use the motivation to finish two large-scale bead embroidery pieces that I started over the weekend.

The first piece that I'm working on is for my membership requirements in the Etsy Beadweavers' Team. Each Team member is required to complete one piece of beadwork that was inspired by that month's challenge theme and list it in their Etsy shop. Then there are two ways to vote for your favorite piece: in the public forum and in the private message boards for the Beadweavers' Team. The winner of the challenge gets to pick the next month's challenge theme.

Then I have the beading challenge kit from The Hole Bead Shop. I've been daydreaming about sugar skulls and Day of the Dead artwork since I received the kit a couple of weeks ago, and I'm still trying to decide on a design for the beads. The only rule for that challenge is that I have to use 70% of the beads that were included in the kit – shouldn't be too hard to do, with my love of beaded embellishment and beaded fringe, right?

So what would you like to do in November? Of course, the holidays are quickly approaching, and many of us are gearing up for holiday craft shows, office parties and Thanksgiving celebrations. Wouldn't it be nice if we could just remind ourselves to take a break and spend some quality time with our seed beads? Even if it's just fifteen minutes a day before bed, or first thing in the morning before work, let's see what we can do and get ourselves working with our seed beads every single day in the month of November!

Feel free to leave a comment on this blog post, but let's keep the conversation going over in the Forums, too. We can provide a great support system for each other while we embark on the challenge to get ourselves working with our seed beads in the month of November!

Bead Happy,


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Jennifer VanBenschoten

About Jennifer VanBenschoten

Born in New Jersey in 1974, I escaped to the Adirondacks for the first time in 1995, making it my permanent home in 2000.  I have been interested in beads, buttons and making jewelry as long as I can remember.  It's probably my mother's fault - she was a fiber artist and crochet historian, and whenever she ordered supplies from one mail order source, she would order a huge bag of assorted buttons and beads for me and my sister!    

5 thoughts on “National Seed Beading Month – Let's Do Some Seed Beading Every Day!

  1. I currently have one project on the go and three waiting in the wings that MUST be done before Christmas, so I’m going to do this challenge too to help speed things along a bit! :o)

  2. EVERYDay…I spend at least an hour. Right now, I’m working on my 5th day of a beaded doll. Hopefully I’ll get her all done by Friday so I can post on my blog the before & after shot. I want to see how fast I really can do a beaded doll

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  3. Have fun with the EBWC piece, I don’t think I’ll enter it, got too much stuff on!!

    I’m going to make a bead embroidered ball gown dress for an old barbie doll that currently has no dolls… should be good fun!! 😀