First, we ask you:
What characteristics do beaders share? What sets beaders apart?
Please leave a comment with your answer! We want your voice to be a part of this space.
We asked the same question of the wonderful beading superstar authors in Lark Jewelry & Beading’s Beadweaving Master Class series. We’ll be doing weekly Q-and-A’s with these six master teachers in a panel-style format right here on this blog. Enjoy, and please do leave a comment with your own answer to each question!
Rachel Nelson-Smith, author of the Fall 2011 release Rachel Nelson-Smith’s Bead Riffs:
It may be a bit one-sided, however I think beaders are the best people in the world.
They’re smart. They’re beautiful. And they have excellent taste in the selection of their hobby—or obsession, as the case may be.
However, we mostly have two distinguished attributes in common: Big butts. Love beads.
Beaders have to be obsessive and focused. Even if they are afraid of color they are drawn to it. They love the meditative quality of stitching.
Maggie Meister, author of the Fall 2011 release Maggie Meister’s Classical Elegance:
I think beaders are a generous group – sharing ideas, techniques, giving support.
I also think beaders have a great sense of humor.
The love of beads is of course a common theme, as well as the love of creating.
I find that the temperament required to work with such a small medium seems to appeal to a high-energy group of artists who find relaxation in the process.
Beaders are intensely enthusiastic about something that is so detail oriented that most people can’t even fathom the work involved.
It’s great hanging out with people who don’t think you’re crazy!
We share, of course, the love of the beads. These little glass beauties come in so many shapes and colors that they appeal to everyone.
I feel that beaders are unique people. I always leave a classroom with many new friends. The beads unite us in way I’ve never experienced before.
We not only bead, but we also bond through stories of family, friends, and experiences.
*Also read great recent Lark Jewelry & Beading interviews with leading creative beaders, jewelers, and metalsmiths—please leave comments and let us know what you think:
Laura McCabe (with free project PDF)
Jamie Cloud Eakin (with bonus project PDF)
Nathalie Mornu (with two free project PDFs)