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stringing beads for spring

happy spring equinox! lately we’ve been on a beading binge over here. in the late 90s, i was an avid beader. i sold some of my jewelry in a small shop in brooklyn at the time. ever since then, i just bead on occasion for random gifts, as i still have lots of supplies on hand (and rarely need to buy new ones; luckily, little beads go a long way!)

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i decided to pull out the beading boxes again last week and make a few spring things for myself and as gifts. N got in on the action, too. first, i wanted to try my hand at braiding scrap fabric as a base for a wooden bead necklace, sort of like one i saw on pinterest [2] (the braided part, at least) from the cakies [3] blog (which is so awesome, by the way!) i started by tearing up some old fabric scraps.

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once braided, i strung some large wooden beads onto them and sewed them closed using my sewing machine (though you could easily tie them or  hand stitch.)

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the wood was fun to work with, so i whipped up a few wooden bead bracelets on elastic cord embellished with embroidery floss, too.

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and N wanted to create a wooden necklace of her own using beads a friend gave to her and some indigo hemp.

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i LOVE how hers turned out (and want to wear it myself, though it won’t fit over my neck.)

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i had fun with some old seed beads, gemstones, and charms, as well. they were strung into some sweet bracelets, too.

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N created a warm colors/cool colors bracelet for herself while i made these.

 

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it was fun to bead with my daughter, side by side, and i love that she takes such joy in what has always been one of my go-to handwork activities. aaand, they make for cute gifts for friends!

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