My chosen beading technique is the square stitch, which is a tedious process by which one can create beaded cloth—something you can cut into and not have fall apart (although I'd appreciate it if you didn't). I've been doing this sort of beading on and off for close to a decade, and I can only say that my skills have improved over the years. It can be monotonous, but I really enjoy the things that I create, and I hope that others do, too.
I think my favorite part of beading is making patterns. I spend a lot of time on them, building the images, getting the shapes just right, picking colors that will work well. I love to make patterns of a fantastical or whimsical nature best of all—I have several patterns for dragons, a unicorn, a merman, pirate ships, phoenixes and even an airship. I'm currently most proud of and pleased with the airship, which ultimately turned out just the way I had envisioned it.
The prize for this week's giveaway is a $15 gift card for my shop, which you can put towards whatever you'd like to buy—pins, patterns, bracelets, mobius strips (endless one-sided fun) or tapestries. Give someone a beautiful work of beaded art or spoil yourself this holiday season!
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