5 Ways to Take Your Beading On An Adventure

Do you ever feel like your bead-weaving is stuck in a rut? We all get that way from time to time, I think. You can only make so many bead embroidered pendants or beaded ropes before you start to feel a little bit of deja vu: haven’t I done this before? A few times?

If you’re feeling like you’re ready for a new beady adventure or two this year, try one of these ideas:

Try a new technique. If you feel like you know everything there is to know about bead embroidery, switch things up. Take a class or watch a video on an advanced beading technique like cubic right-angle weave or structural peyote stitch and see how you can incorporate these new techniques into your tried-and-true favorites. Or who knows, you might discover a new favorite!

Try a new bead. There is no shortage of new types, shapes, and sizes of beads on Planet Bead these days! Whether you play it safe and just use something like a striped seed bead or go a little further and try some of the new four-hole tile beads, you may find yourself with a whole new set of ideas and inspiration for making your bead-weaving come alive again.

Try a new color palette. Of all the suggestions I’m going to list here, I think this one is by far the most difficult for most of us. Getting out of a color rut can be a real challenge, especially when you’ve been collecting seed beads of every shade, type, size, and shape in your stash. If you want to infuse your beadwork with new colors, try having a blind bead swap with a friend: each of you puts together a random package of seed beads and accent beads for each other, and then you have to make something using at least one of each bead that you’re given! It’s always helpful to make friends with new colors and invite them into your creative space to help you move out of your comfort zone and into new and exciting things.

Try a new thread. With all the rumors flying around last year about the demise of FireLine (but not to worry, my favorite braided fishing line beading thread is still alive and kicking), I decided to experiment a little with some nylon threads. Allow yourself a little splurge on some colored C-Lon or One-G, and see what happens when you use them for bead embroidery or with your favorite off-loom bead-weaving stitch.

 

Try a new project.

Thanks to some inspiration from Marcia DeCoster and my newly rekindled love of working with and using gemstones for energy healing, I’m going to make 2015 the year that I bring back the amulet bag into my list of “favorite types of beaded jewelry to make”. I’m going to let the gemstones inspire me and listen carefully to how they want to be carried — after spending the last 15 years exploring off-loom bead-weaving, I can’t wait to see how I can re-invent the beaded amulet bag for my newest passions and endeavors!

Are you ready to try something new and different with your beads? Check out Kelly Angeley’s Explorations in Beadweaving if you feel like you’re ready to bust right out of your beaded box! These inventive beading projects include all your favorite techniques like bead embroidery and peyote stitch, but with a distinctly modern and improvisational approach. If you want to learn how to capture the moment in your beading projects, you’ll love experimenting with the techniques and beading projects in Explorations in Beadweaving.

What do you do when you want to have a beading adventure? How do you shake things up and find fresh ideas? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share your tips and ideas with us!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer

 

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