I have got just slightly obsessed with beading techniques and videos.
This is all because I have committed to two sales - one at the end of November and one in early December - and I know from the sales where I have helped Rob and Andy that you need variety of stock.
So, I had acquired some very soft patent leather. It has no 'structure' and runs easily through my sewing machine. Ah ha, I thought, leather beads and jewelry. So off I went to research and a whole new world of beading opened up before my eyes.
Now, I'm not sure why I am surprised really, since there is a bead shop at the Wakefield Estate next to the gallery which is stocking some of my work.
This bead shop runs frequent workshops and there is always a table of ladies sitting beading.
And Stephanie who owns it is a lovely helpful lady and I should confess that I pop in there quite a bit to get beading supplies that I use in my work.
My initial intention was to simply use leather cord to make simple leather necklaces. And I have made a few which I really like.
But then I started looking a bit closer at the whole beading world and a whole arena of possibilities opened up before me.
So I found a supplier of memory choker necklaces and sliver chain ( listed on eBay but based in Doncaster if anyone is interested) this company based in Loughborough which has amazing online service and these videos which are great for techniques as well as Stephanie at The Bead Scene at Wakefield Estate.
If anyone is tempted, then Stephanie does wonderful kits using a kind of braiding called Soutache to make lovely Art Deco style pendants and bracelets. Anyone interested in needle work could get so sidetracked into beading.