New Year's Resolutions: Beading in 2013

Edgy Kumihimo Bracelet by Sue Charette-Hood
Edgy Kumihimo Bracelet by Sue Charette-Hood
(Beadwork, October/November 2012)

 

It's almost that time of year again: time to pull out the old tennis shoes and hit the gym, get rid of all the junk food from the past couple of weeks, and vow to cut my caffeine intake down to two cups per day.

But this year, I'm adding a few things to my list. This year I'm taking on a few resolutions that I KNOW I can accomplish, because they're things I actually WANT to do.

Here's my beading resolution list for 2013:

 

1. Kumihimo. I fell in love with this braiding tradition when I first laid eyes on Sue Charette-Hood's Edgy Kumihimo Bracelet in the October/November 2012 issue of Beadwork. She used long magatamas and seed beads to create a unique architectural piece that I couldn't stop thinking about. Sue used the technique to form an ultra-fashionable, modern piece of jewelry. I would love to try a similar design using spikes!

 

Simple Star Earrings by Sara Zsadon
Simple Star Earrings by Sara Zsadon
(Beadwork, October/November 2012)

2. CRAW. I'll be the first to admit that my basic right-angle weave technique could use a little work. But I'd like to one-up that and downright perfect it–because I want to start using cubic right-angle weave. Honestly, I'm intimidated by it. But some of my favorite projects I've seen are CRAW, so I feel really motivated to learn it. I want to stitch something sassy and substantial, like the fabulous pieces by Sara Zsadon (Simple Star Earrings, October/November 2012 Beadwork; Rhythm of the Sea Bracelet, December 2012/January 2013 Beadwork). I adore Sara's solid, structural pieces, and I desperately want to replicate her style. This will be my biggest beading challenge of 2013, but if I can do it, I'll feel like a rock star!

Rhythm of the Sea Bracelet by Sara Zsadon
Rhythm of the Sea Bracelet by Sara Zsadon
(Beadwork, December 2012/January 2013)

 

3. Bead Embroidery. I know things aren't always as easy as they look in a book, but I've spent enough time editing bead embroidery projects to believe that it's a skill I can pick up rather quickly. In fact, I'm starting a bead-embroidered necklace before the new year even begins, as I'll be spending 30 hours in the car to visit my family across the country. I think that's sufficient time to start a new project!

 

4. Complete my UFOs. Before I started working at Beadwork, I was a person who would start a project, finish it, and move on to the next. Not anymore. I am so overwhelmed by inspiration all over the place, I've become the creator of UFOs–a.k.a. unfinished objects. I come in contact with so many beautiful jewelry patterns, and I want to make them all! But alas, I've become the starter of many things and finisher of none. So, one of my NY resolutions is to not start any more new projects this year until I've finished all my UFOs–with the exception of my bead embroidery project that I'm technically starting while it's still 2012, and maybe a kumihimo … and a CRAW … but just so I can complete my first 2 resolutions (wink).

What are your beading resolutions for 2013? Do you have a bead group or friends you plan to learn new techniques with? Tell us about your New Year beading plans in the comments section below!

Happy New Year and Happy Beading!

Bead chic,

Kate Wilson
Project Editor

 

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