Beading Night 2

Beading Night didn’t go off exactly as planned, as my friend did not come over due to my husband being sick.  Poor guy.  He is feeling better today, I will add.  Back to the matter at hand, though.  I did get some beading done on my own. 
I had this beading kit lying around for about a year and a half and I never opened it.  It just collected dust on my dresser.  Well, last night was the night that I broke it out and gave it a go. 
Everything was included in the kit, except tools, of course, and there are enough beads and findings for two necklaces, two pairs of earrings, and a bracelet.  The directions and photos are fairly straightforward.  I selected one of the necklace patterns and got to work. 
As I was looking through the designs included, I realized these were good, basic patterns that could be reused for other beads and styles.  I will be keeping the directions as reference.
Here’s what I did.  It’s one of the necklaces from the Pure Innocence beading kit I got at Wal-Mart.  I’m quite happy with the results.  The loops are bad, but I am getting better at them.  It’s one of the more complex designs that I have done, more than the basic stringing of beads.  I learned I can do more complex beading designs.  I can do this!

Wednesday Evening: Beading Time!

I have decided that every Wednesday evening I shall take time to do work on some beading.  I did last night and realized that I was WAY out of practice.  I also need to take a few more chances and grow as a beader, too.  Still, I made two simple pieces.  The first is what I call the Dungeons & Dragons necklace, as it uses acrylic dice beads and a pewter dragon pendant.  As a note, I am a BIG D&D nerd.  I saw the beads on Fire Mountain Gem’s site and had to get them.  They are cute!  And nerdy!  And I have more of them left, so I can use them in another project.

The second piece I made was a pair of earrings using glass beads.  Eh, they turned out ok.  I need to get better at making loops again.  I need to restart somewhere, I guess.  They aren’t that bad, I suppose. I’ll wear them to work one of these days.

Point being, I want to get back into beading like I was a few years ago.  I have plenty of supplies, so there is no excuse in that area.  I also have a friend who does beautiful wire beading work, and her enthusiasm has encouraged me to get back into beads.  In fact, we are going to make it a point to work on our beading projects every Wednesday night we can together, too.  A friend’s support can be a great boon!

In other news, I am amidst the great deluge of rain in Pennsylvania right now.  It’s times like this I am glad I  do not have a basement and that I live on a hill.  It’s a good day to do some chores and to craft, since all the roads are flooded and work was closed today on account of that.