Challenges with Color

We all have colors we’re drawn to and find easy to work with. But what happens when we’re forced to step outside of our comfort zone and use colors we’d otherwise avoid? In one of our summer bead meetings, I asked each member to write down three colors they found hard...

Design Detours

Our bead meet-up group has been having a great time with our monthly challenges. In March, each member brought an item to share/give to another member. A fascinating assortment of beads, stones, and chain were contributed. We drew numbers from a hat and everyone went...

The Beader’s Pig Pile

One of the banes of the bead life is keeping things organized. Beads seem to have a life of their own. I think they intentionally jump out of their containers just for the fun of mingling with their little beady friends. I imagine they stay up late and talk all night,...

Adding ‘Challenge’ to Your Beading

To make our bead meet up group meetings more fun, I started adding monthly ‘challenges.’ Each month I assign a new project, designed to stretch our skills and creativity — no matter what type of work we do. The results have been fantastic — with all kinds of creative...

A Change in Perspective

Stuck — we’ve all been there. You’re working on a piece you really love. In your mind’s eye it’s going to be gorgeous. But along the way, something goes wrong. You can’t quite put your finger on it but you’re just not happy with the results. The joy is sucked out of...