What’s on my bead mat – February edition?

Not sleet, nor snow, nor freezing rain, will stop me from sharing my latest bead mat update. Well, a power outage might, but so far, I’ve been lucky!

bead matFebruary is a busy month, on the old bead mat! I’m working on a 3-strand, leather, stone and metal bracelet, and still need to add a coat of resin to my Pebeo Fantasy Paint, heart bezel. Both are close to being finished, but I need to set aside a little time complete these projects.

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I’m happy to say that I’m making progress on my loomed bracelet, but visions of freeform pendants, and amulets, keep dancing in my head! What if I added different shapes and sizes of beads, in the same project? How can I purposely leave holes in the piece? Could beaded fringe be an option? What if I drop my bead mat, and add beads randomly? Will I need to upgrade to a Mirrix loom? So many questions, so little time! Research is definitely required!

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On the bead mat front, I actually own three, and juggle between them on a regular basis. I love my Bead-On-It Boards! Unfortunately, I didn’t take a photo of the mess!!! But I digress! More projects for your eyes! I finished my Freeform Peyote, beaded bead (started in my workshop); am working on a Talisman charm project for a future class (more about that later); and have completed two pairs of earrings, using Vintaj, Natural Brass findings, with Swarovski rounds added for sparkle! I actually completed three, but the third is a little too plain, and needs a re-do. I must be feeling nostalgic, because the earrings certainly have an old world feel! Am I channelling some mystic, bohemian roots?

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I continue to work on my #1yearofstitches2017 project. It’s not actually on my bead mat, but I do admit to using the edge as a pin cushion. Here’s a progress shot! Speaking of pin cushions, I really do need to make a new one! Will it be stitched or beaded? I have some ideas, but not a lot of time. Sigh!

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The bead mat is getting more than a little rowdy! Projects are clamouring for attention, and my poor purple doll has been pushed to the sidelines (no photo, because she’s sulking). Perhaps I should dedicate time to her, this month! What do you think?

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