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
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
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!