Here’s My Beading Story, It’s Easy, Really!

Beading? It’s Easy?  Really?

“Here’s My Beading Story, It’s Easy, Really!” you read and think, “Yeah, right!  I don’t even know where to begin!”  Maybe you want to try beading, but just don’t know if you can do it.  Well, I’m here to say, “It’s easy, really!”  If I can do it, YOU can do it.  Or maybe you are already beading jewelry & you KNOW how easy it is.  Either way…

Here’s my Beading Story.

This is me. I'm the Happy Beader. Read "My Beading Story, It's Easy!"
The Happy Beader, who discovered, “Beading, it’s Easy!”

My first time making a bracelet got me hooked.  It was so easy, I couldn’t believe it.   A friend called me up and invited me over for a beading party.  I was a little skeptical, never having done it before, but agreed.  “It’s easy, really!”  she assured me.  So I figured, “Why not give beading a try?”  She provided the beads, I picked the colors, strung them on & she showed me how to add the clasp.  My very first bracelet and it was really easy!  Easy & fun!  (Hey, we “Otter personalities” have to have fun!  If it’s not fun, it’s not worth it!)

As a child, my story was that I when I didn’t understand something in class, it was very stressful to me because the Golden Retriever Personality part of me wanted to please.  So, I worked really hard to do well.

Part of My Beading Story is that my personality is part "Golden Retriever". I care, I want to help, I'm loyal, just like Gold Retrievers.
Golden Retriever Service Dog Changes Owner’s Life. Click to read the story.

Let me explain a little more about my challenges.  My chiropractor, Dr. Rod Melvin, says I live inside the clock.  What he is referring to is the Clock Tower in Back to the Future Movie–you know the scene where the Doc has just climbed out of the Clock Tower?

My Beading Story is that I can see things from inside the clock tower (seeing the back side of the clock face) or outside the Clock Tower, like the majority.
Doc just climbed out of the clock…

Inside the tower, the clock chimed loudly but you could see the back of the clock face.

My story is that I can see things from both sides.  I can imagine being in the clock or outside–seeing it like everyone else.  Afterall, clockwise is relative to which side of the clock face you’re on!  LOL  That can be a really good thing, it helps with creativity & being able to show others how to do things in many different ways, but it also can make learning new things (like Math or even creative arts) a real challenge for me at times.  For example, when I was in Geometry class in high school, what would take others only 3 or 4 steps to prove took me 14!  My story is I just see things differently, and usually make them way harder than they really are.  But once I’ve conquered something, then I can usually explain things really well because I can see it more than one way.  Math was my biggest struggle in school, and I had many a tear over it.  BUT I worked & worked at it & even majored in it in College.   Then I went on to be a (very understanding) math tutor.  Now, as an adult, I don’t want the kind of stress I had learning math.  It’s gotta be fun.  If I don’t get it, it’s stressful!  And stress is not fun!

Okay, so what does all that have to do with to my beading story?  Read on…

After the beading party was over, I wanted to continue this fun beading story!  (Of course, right?!)  But then I found myself feeling lost in the bead store with no one to help me make good selections.  I wanted to get some beads & supplies so I could do more beading, but just didn’t know  where to begin.  My friend wasn’t an instructor, and didn’t know how to help me choose.  But that didn’t stop me!  LOL  My beading story didn’t end there!  This little otter girl was up for the adventure!

Once I had a collection of beads to play with, I did some basic stringing & loved it!  I was hooked!  I decided to try out some beading patterns.  Man, oh man!  That can be tricky for a beginner who lives “inside the clock”!   But being the determined little otter I am, I worked at it until I got it!  And is it fun!  And my beading story is, “It’s easy, really”!   You don’t have to worry–even if you are inside the Clock Tower like me!   This little otter girl is here to help!  I have beading classespatterns, kits & supplies, and even FREE Resources to help you on your way, and lots of experience in helping others.  I even schedule Gem Faire Shopping Experiences, for personal assistance.  And whether you are experienced and just want to follow the charts, or are brand new and need the step by step words & pictures, my goal has been to provide that in all of my patterns!  Granted, there may be a few that aren’t as thorough as others, but I’m here to help either way.  Just call or email me!

 

 

Beading Tips Du Jour

Are you like me?  Do you find this really cool pattern & want to give it your own color combination but aren’t sure where to begin?  Well, allow me to share what has helped me.

Tip #1:  It’s okay to try out a combination and see if you like it.  If you don’t, it’s OKAY TO TAKE IT APART & START OVER!  It’s not a waste of time or money or effort.  It’s part of the creative learning process.  And, you don’t necessarily have to make the whole project to see if it will suit your taste or not.  Just GO FOR IT and change it if you want to!

Tip#2:  Maybe you have a peyote stitch or right angle weave chart that was taught in one color and you want to change it to a different color or to more than one.  Here are my suggestions:

1. Scan the chart into your computer, and then open it in an art program, like Paint Shop Pro.  (Or you can print it out & color it by hand, if you like.)

2. Fill/color in all the beads pictured with white, so you have a blank form with which to start.  (If you are coloring it in White-out or Liquid Paper, then you’ll want to let it dry, scan it again and print it out again.)

If the colored pattern is of flowers or some other specific design that you just want to change part of the color, only fill those particular beads with a new color.  Don’t white out all of the beads or you could have a doozy of a time recreating the pattern of flowers or whatever was there.

3. Starting with the last/most complete picture of the pattern, color in the beads as desired.  This will help you see what it actually turn out like.

When I first tried this on a chart, I had started with the first picture which only showed the first three rows.  first two rows

By the time I got to the overall pattern picture, it didn’t look anything like what I wanted.  So it really helps to work your way from an overall picture like this one backwards.  overall rows

Tip #3:  You don’t have to do the whole project on one thread!  It’s OKAY to make individual pieces and then stitch them together later!

Tip #4:  It’s OKAY to use glue to make your beads stay put!

The Bottom Line is:  do what you want to!  There are no hard fast rules in beading.  It’s what works for you!  So, play.  Have fun.  Enjoy.  Don’t make it be work!  Make it yours!  Let it go!  Breathe!  Each piece of artwork has its own beauty–“flaws” and all!  And remember, our flaws are what makes us sparkle!

Have a happy, beadingly fun, sparkly day!

#TheHappyBeader

The Happy Beader
The Happy Beader