My Beadwork Blog and Gallery

Beading is a bit of an obsession. My beadwork blog is home to my thoughts on pieces I am working on, techniques I am learning, and my beading inspirations. I live in Bournemouth, Dorset and am mum to two gorgeous young children. I volunteer at both school and toddler group, and work part-time in online ad production. I try to fit in as much beading here and there as I can, for both relaxation, and to stretch and expand my creative side. I've learnt a variety of textile crafts over the years, but have always loved jewellery-making. I enjoy wirework, but beadweaving and bead embroidery have proved to be my favourite mediums, and it is these types of beadwork that I always seem to come back to. I love the colour and feel of beads, planning new projects, learning new techniques and of course, bead shopping! I read a wide variety of beading magazines and books, and apart from the occasional workshop, am primarily self-taught.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Bead any time, any place, anywhere?

Beading is normally a very mobile craft, but I attempted some on a rare trip on a lengthy train journey yesterday. I often give up with beading in the car as everything is too jerky, but thought the train would be ideal. Not quite! Although the pull down table needed a bit of leaning across, and it was a bit more fiddly than usual picking up size 15 seed beads, it was threading needles that really had me thwarted -I had to resort to waiting until we stopped at a station on a couple of occasions. I will pack bigger beads or collapsible eye needles for my next train project I think!

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