Beaded Beads: O, Canada! Celebrating the Sesquicentennial with a Custom Beaded Design

Did you know that Canada is turning 150 this year? July 1 marks our northern neighbor’s sesquicentennial! Canada’s heritage is rich with First Nations culture, including bead weaving. And to celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary, John Bead has commissioned a custom beaded bead.
O, Canada! Celebrating Our Northern Neighbor’s Sesquicentennial with a Custom Beaded Bead

John Bead is a wholesale bead retailer in Ontario, Canada. The company recently asked Canadian beader Debra Schwartz to design a beaded bead to mark the country’s sesquicentennial.

Debra designed the Canada Day Beaded Bead, which uses size 8 and 11 seed beads, Twin beads, and 7mm Czech glass beads. The design is a patriotic red and white pattern with a motif that resembles the points of the maple leaf on the Canadian flag. And as noted in the pattern instructions, there are coincidentally 150 size 11 seed beads on the outer surface of the beaded bead!
O, Canada! Celebrating Our Northern Neighbor’s Sesquicentennial with a Custom Beaded Bead

For more information about the Canada Day Beaded Bead, see John Bead’s blog post “Canada 150 Beaded Bead Tutorial.” To download the free pattern, see the Canada Day Beaded Bead PDF.
O, Canada! Celebrating Our Northern Neighbor’s Sesquicentennial with a Custom Beaded Bead

As a dual Canadian/U.S. citizen, I personally can’t wait to make this beaded bead! I only lived in Canada for 10 years, from ages 2 to 12, but I still have a strong affection for my childhood homeland. If you’ve never travelled north of the U.S. border, I strongly urge you to do so. Canada is one of the friendliest, most beautiful places on earth.

Now I’d better get busy on my own Canada Day Beaded Bead(s)!
O, Canada! Celebrating Our Northern Neighbor’s Sesquicentennial with a Custom Beaded Bead

Happy beading!
Lavon Peters,
Managing Editor, Beadwork magazine


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One Comment

  1. Rhiannon P at 3:19 pm June 30, 2017

    “Canada’s heritage is rich with First Nations culture, including bead weaving.”

    Have I missed something relevant here??? Canada 150 is a celebration of colonialism that many First Nations people are not happy to participate in, see #Resist150, so I really don’t find this offhand comment appropriate. Cultural appropriation is so rampant in the beading and jewelry world and I really wish we were more sensitive to indigenous peoples ownership of their own culture. Please try to be more aware of this in the future.

    As far as I can tell, the pattern designer is not First Nations nor does the John Bead post or the .pdf mention anything of the sort.

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