Bead-weaving: It's The Journey That Matters

Renowned bead artist Marcia DeCoster is today's Beading Daily guest blogger

"It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end." — Ursula K. Le Guin

When you sit down to work on a bead weaving project, do you ever consider how valuable your time is? Every minute, every hour, every second that goes into creating that finished piece of beadwork increases your skill at bead-weaving and creating beaded jewelry. Just like a pilot logs hours during a flight, you should look at the time you spend on your beading projects as time well-spent.

Today's guest blogger, Marcia DeCoster, feels the same way I do about time spent with our bead-weaving projects. Read on to learn more about why you should cherish and value the time you spend with your beads!


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Above: Dreamkeeper Vessel rings

Below: Dancing Light necklace

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Below: En Pointe bracelet

If you have ever done bead-weaving in public you may have heard 'You must be really patient' or 'Wow, you must have really good eyesight' or 'How long does that take?'

I often bead on planes and trains, in airports and at coffee shops so I've heard many versions of those questions. It may be that they make sense from coming from anyone who hasn't had the pleasure of working with the bead weaver's medium of tiny glass beads and quite possibly the occasional crystal or pearl.

For those of us who have been captivated by bead-weaving however, I think we see it differently. In fact I believe the act of picking up tiny beads with needle and thread gives me patience where I may have lacked it before. There is something so meditative about stitching one tiny bead at a time to create a woven fabric. The colors, choice of beading stitch, choice of shape, and choice of beading thread all contribute to the beauty of what we will ultimately create, and in that I find a sense of well-being that allows me to patiently await the outcome.

Fortunately we have many choices in eye wear and lighting to help us see those tiny little beads for bead-weaving. I think that the time spent searching for and using the correct tools are important in every artistic venture we pursue, and can make a difference in our finished piece.

As for 'How long does that take?' The length of time spent bead-weaving rarely matters to me, since the process is as much of the reward as the outcome. The pleasure I get from carving out time in each day to work with beads and bead-weaving has sustained my creative expression for the last twenty years, and I don't see it ending any time soon!

In our community of bead-weavers, we are certainly enjoying a time where this art form continues to evolve into more and more beautiful pieces, and the collective talent I see every day never ceases to amaze me.


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How do you feel about bead-weaving projects that take a lot of time to complete? Do you feel that your time is well spent when you finish a technically challenging piece of beaded jewelry? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share your thoughts with us!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer

Marcia's love for beautiful jewelry and the desire to create her own designs brought Marcia to beads in the early 1990's. Marcia designs colorful and fun to wear jewelry and shares her designs through teaching and writing. Remembering her own early attempts, Marcia recognizes that everyone learns differently and so takes great care to provide clear, concise and comprehensive instructions, graphics and text. Her work has been published widely, and her bead-weaving designs continue to be favored by beaders throughout the world. You can learn more about her, purchase kits for her bead-weaving designs, and see her schedule of classes at MadDesigns.

 

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