Sometimes being faced with a blank canvas, whether it’s an actual canvas or a bead, can feel a little daunting. So I thought I’d share some inspiration for how to decorate natural wooden beads. Sometimes wanting to find the right colour to go with a particular garment can be enough to spark your inspiration. I have been known to paint my own beads for that very reason.
It’s a small thing, but being able to stop your beads sliding off your thread as you are working makes a big difference! That’s where bead stoppers come in very handy. These little springs temporarily grip onto the end of your thread or beading wire. You just squeeze the ‘ears’ at either side to open up the spring, put the thread in between the coils and let go. The stopper grips onto the thread, preventing your beads from falling off. When you are ready to put ends onto your jewellery, just squeeze the ‘ears’ again to open up the spring and take your thread out.
If you thought macrame was all about boho wall hangings and seventies plant hangers, think again! Macrame jewellery puts decorative knotting and simple jewellery making skills together to create some incredible pieces of jewellery.
Some of you may already be familiar with Chloe, she’s visited us on many occasions and it’s been lovely seeing her more regularly at our Virtual Bead & Craft sessions on a Monday evenings. We thought it’d be lovely you for you to get to know her better so we to invited Chloe to write a guest blog.