This is a very simple activity that can be done by children of any age and requires very little equipment.
All you need is
Thread (make sure this is thin enough to go through your beads)
Cut a length of thread and find the middle. Wrap the thread around the middle prong of the clip a couple of times and knot it. Add beads onto one side of the thread in any pattern you like. When done, tie a knot in the end making sure the knot it is big enough that that beads don’t fall through. Do the same on the other side. Snip off any ends and it’s ready to wear!
There are some packs available with all the materials you need for this project. Find them here.
Wow I’m super excited to have been included as a feature in the copy of this edition of the Raring2Go magazine. It looks so good and am really pleased that I took the time to write it. I admit I’m not the best writer but hopefully it gets across a bit about me and all the aspects of my business such as children’s parties, workshops and mindfulness sessions.
For a small business any type of promotion is gratefully received and, for me, feels unexpected. Bead Creative is just over 2 years old now and I could not have imagined in the beginning that the business I created from scratch would be newsworthy enough to get a mention in such a long standing magazine. So many people receive it and so many look to it for ideas and inspiration for activities for their little ones.
I have been advertising in Raring2go! for a while now and I highly recommend choosing them if your business fits their customer base. They have been so very supportive to me personally and for my business. which, when you are doing this by yourself, is really important!
I wanted to provide a mindful type of activity that people could tap into while they were at home. I few people I know have shown interest in learning how to make these and I had planned to run a workshop, however, in light of the recent situation we find ourselves in, I thought it might be nice to do a video instead.
This activity is suitable for adults and children who are old enough to sew. It would be something that mums and daughters (or similar) could do together or by yourself if you are looking to have a bit of quiet time away from all other stresses!
The video takes you through the items you will need in order to create this bracelet and step by step how you attach the beads and create a clasp and finish off. I’m afraid I am no video expert so there are three videos for this activity. The first video is an introduction, the second video explains the materials and step by step on how to start your bracelet plus how to add the beads. The final video shows you how to make your claps and finish off.
In order to a 2 wrap bracelet you will need the following items;
Round leather cord. I’m using size 2mm but 1 mm would also be fine. About 1 metre should be enough to make 2 wraps.
Beads of your choice. I’m using 15 each of size 6mm glass pearls, fire polish and semi precious beads
Thread. I have used Nymo thread
Hypo cement jewellery glue (you could use a dab of clear nail polish instead)
Clip board or thin chopping board
Bulldog clips and kitchen roll or something similar to protect the cord and beads
Mindfulness has become a very popular subject in recent times. There are many posts and articles on this subject and although I do not claim in any way to have any real knowledge on this subject I do agree that it is so important to find a way for you and your family to get some ‘time out’ from the stresses and strains of this world. There are so many things to think about during a simple day, as an adult so many plates to keep spinning and time is always so short and precious so it can be so difficult to find a way to switch off.
My hobby of bead weaving provides me with the perfect chance to escape reality for a time. Bead weaving (sewing together small beads) requires real concentration and focus, without which it all tends to go wrong! When I am using this technique to make jewellery I get to retreat into my own beady world for a while and forget all about the other stuff that is around. I’m so very lucky!
I do need to be a bit careful, my hobby has become my business and, as those of you with your own businesses will know, it tends to take over your life! If I’m honest I would be happy to just bead and create all day every day but that is clearly not possible. There are so many other things to think about and do with a small business and as it’s just me that can get quite stressful. The last thing I want is for the thing I love to become the thing that makes me the most stressed. It’s a fine balance between wanting success, managing a family and not feeling totally overwhelmed. But again, luckily for me, I can retreat to my beady creative world and allow myself some mindful time – perfect!
So this all got me thinking about how I could potentially help others. I have a work space and all the tools to provide a safe creative space for others to tap into. Let’s be honest, when you are at home jobs tend to get in the way and that hour you set aside has slipped away doing the washing/tidying/making dinner! So I started some drop in mindfulness beading sessions just before Christmas. Myself and few other ladies spent an hour here and there in the run up to Christmas making beaded icicles which would then become gorgeous tree decorations – perfect!
The next project will be learning how to bead shapes and patterns which can then be turned into a unique piece of jewellery. I ask for an initial charge to cover materials and first session and then the project can either be done in your own home or back at Bead Creative on a drop in, pay as you go basis. Do get in touch if you would like to be involved. Here is the link to the full details of the workshop https://beadcreative.co.uk/product/brick-stitch-workshop-and-drop-in-sessions/