I have this fascination with laws. Between the "three laws of robotics" from I, Robot to the "five laws of library science" that I learned back in library school, it was only natural that when I coordinated the first Beading Daily challenge that I would finally figure out the "four laws of beading."
1. You cannot make just one.
I thought that the number of kits sent out would equal the number of projects sent back in. If you send out 20 kits, you should get 20 projects back, right? Silly me! Apparently, I was using the kind of useless logic they teach in junior high, not the kind that applies in the world of beading. Special beader logic dictates that if you send kits to 20 beaders, you get 31 projects back. (And yes, I was one of the people who made more than one project!)
2. It's hard to resist the lure of the bead.
I was also surprised by the people who chose to participate—and those who did not. The majority of the participants did not work for one of our beading publications. In fact, several of them were in the fiber area—knitting, quilting, spinning, weaving. I'm guessing that the fiber folks did not have a large bead stash—maybe no bead stash at all. (Let's have a moment of silence here while we reflect on that . . . I know, it makes me feel like crying too!) Naturally, an offer of free beads was an offer they couldn't refuse.
3. Beaders love to share.
When I took a closer look at the list of designers, I was even more amazed: two of the people were not on my original list! In other words, I did not give them a kit! How did they manage to make a project? Two people who could not do the challenge gave their kits to other people. Sweet!
Until yesterday, I thought that there were only three laws of beading. But then, Leslie Rogalski, editor of Step by Step Beads, said something that made me realize I had forgotten one very important law. When looking over all the projects, Leslie remarked that it was astonishing how we all found time to do them. And so, thanks to Leslie, we have the final law:
4. There's always time to bead.