Beading Cures

Apr 22, 2013

We all know that beading is great for relieving stress, but I got to thinking the other day about how beading can "cure" so many other unpleasant things. Now, I'm no medical expert, but I've noticed that my seed bead patterns can cure just about anything that ails me. Feeling blue? Feeling bored? There's a beading cure for that. Check out my five favorite books of seed bead patterns for some of my favorite beading cures!

Beading Cure for Fear: Try Something New. Yep, this is one of my all-time favorite beading books. Rachel Nelson-Smith's Seed Bead Fusion was really the first of its kind, showcasing modern, technically challenging designs made with a beautiful fusion of both bead-weaving and wire jewelry making techniques. Before I tried a handful of the projects in this book, I always avoided wire jewelry-making projects because I was afraid of using wire with my seed beads. Not anymore -- this book changed me from a Wire Wimp into a Wire Wizard!
Beading Cure for Boredom: Jazz Up Your Beading Projects. Do you feel like your beading projects are just ho-hum? Bored with the same old bead-weaving stitches? Carol Cypher's classic Mastering Beadwork is the cure for the beading projects doldrums. With comprehensive instructions and creative variations for over a dozen different beading techniques, this is one reference book that stays on my work table. If you want to breathe some new life into your favorite beading stitches, this is the book you need.
Beading Cure for the Winter Blues: Make Some Bright Beaded Flowers. Do you or someone you know suffer from the winter blues? There's no better cure for a long winter than stitching up a quick beaded flower for a piece of beaded jewelry. Even if you can't go out into the garden and smell the flowers, you can create a little bit of sunshine on your beading tray with Diane Fitzgerald's classic The Beaded Garden. Once you master a few basic techniques, you'll be surprised at how many uses you can find for these bead-stitched flowers!
Beading Cure for Stress and Tension: Meditate with Bead Embroidery. We all know how good beading is for relieving stress that builds up in everyday life, but for me, bead embroidery is a particularly powerful form of mindful meditation. The graceful curves and patterns that you can create with bead embroidery techniques can be used to create spectacular jewelry, but they are also easily adapted to embellishing clothing and other fabric items.
Beading Cure for Lack of Confidence: Your seed bead patterns have strong beginnings, so make sure that they have strong endings, too! Build your confidence through improving the durability of your beaded jewelry-making projects with great ideas for custom clasps and endings with Sharon Bateman's Findings and Finishings. Whether you prefer to make your own beaded clasps and closures or you want to find out the best way to use a pre-made clasp, this book will give you the confidence to stand by your skills as a jewelry artist.

The best part of all these great seed bead pattern cures is that they're all on sale, too! Check out all the specials during the Interweave April Sale, going on right now in the Beading Daily Shop!

Do you have a favorite beading cure? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share it with us!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer


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bobbipackrat wrote
on Apr 22, 2013 9:32 PM

my beading cure is my dream catchers.  No two are  the same.  The bead color choices are endless.  Working with the wire calms me and the bead colors make me happy.  The choices are fun to play with.

BeadPassions wrote
on Apr 27, 2013 12:38 PM

My beading cure is the mindful crafting of my freeform fully encrusted beaded dolls.  I start with a stuffed doll form, select a face from my collection that fits my mood, color palette, sense of humor, whatever works in that moment -- I select a palette of beads, with several sizes and textures for each color.  Then a write a little note, quote or saying that is appropriate to me or the person that will eventually be given the doll, fold it up very small, make a tiny slit where the heart would be and tuck it inside.  I then sew up the slit, and it is time to start beading!  This preparation is a meditation of sorts, and gives me time to sort my thoughts and center myself before I even sew on a bead...