Just like taking a long vacation from a job, I almost didn’t want to go back to beading. I needed something to motivate me, and get that spark going again. I finally decided it was time to work on finishing the beaded rope I started for the tubular herringbone tutorial. When finished, it will be a fun variation of my Cornucopia Lariat, along with a new PDF tutorial.
Did I really want to spend the next three weeks working on a plain brown rope? Nope!
I considered working on the rope one packet of beads at a time, and making other things in between each addition. Then I thought “What if I make one small project at the beginning of each week, and work on the rope the rest of the time?”
What a great idea! And if I’m going to make it worth while, I might as well blog about it. Doing a bracelet a week seemed like an obvious choice, since I haven’t done them yet, and I need the challenge. The thing is, I don’t really like making bracelets, because I never have any ideas for them. And I never have ideas, because I don’t really like making bracelets. Hopefully, a little pressure will help things along.
So, can I make one bracelet a week for 52 weeks? I’m going to say probably. Most likely. Hopefully! If I get to thirty and can’t stand the sight of beads anymore, I reserve the right to call the whole thing off. I know I can do thirty. One project a week is easy compared to one a day!
So, the very first project of A Bracelet a Week is this totally weird and fantastic cuff. When I took inventory of my 6/o seed bead tray, I realized that I’ve had these neon lime seed beads for over a year, and never even opened a single package. Not once have I looked at them and thought “Those would be great for…”. So I decided to try and use them all up at once and be done with it.
I envisioned all kinds of things from ropes to cuffs, mostly with stripes and swirl patterns. And then I had an idea of boxes and blocks, and that turned into an image of windows. I just happen to have a whole lot of copper lined gray 6/o seed beads that look just like tinted window glass. Perfect!
So that’s one down, and only 51 more to go. Wish me luck!
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