I love to work with seed beads, and I know that for many people, the little darlings are really what define "beading". Everything else that we do with beads is wonderful, but there's something extra special for me about working with seed beads, especially when it comes in the form of embroidery. I know that many others of you enjoy the soothing quality of bead weaving the most.
Whatever way you use them, seed beads are addictive. There's something almost magical about teeny little beads, isn't there? When you finish a project, the whole is so much more than simply the sum of the parts, and you feel such a sense of accomplishment.
During this month, I'm going to share a round-up of information that's in our archives here on Beading Arts and point you to the fabulous work done by artists you may not know. I also want all of you who love seed beads to join in too. Whether you string, weave off-loom or on a loom, embroider, glue, or whatever else you can think of doing with seed beads, either wearables or non-wearables, we want to see your work. You don't have to be a pro...you just gotta tell us why you love 'em! Please send your artist statement of one to two paragraphs, and up to three images (72dpi res) of your work, along with a link to your site to cyndi @ mazeltovjewelry.com (remove the spaces). Please put Seed bead artist in the subject line.
Here are a few links to get you started on the seed bead quest:
The Best Seed Bead Books
The Best Online Instruction
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I'll definitely send some photos and an artist statement to you, and now I'm inspired to post my own ode to seed beads on my blog. :)