My plan was to have my I post be "Inspiration" - however that was last years post also!
So instead of inspiration....of which there are endless sources....I'm going to talk about irritations..
In life I try to keep it positive, and especially try to do so on my blog....but for the fun of it, I'm going to talk about some of the irritations that beaders experience.
Us seed-bead-users/bead-weavers constantly hear about 'how patient' we are and how it must take a lot of concentrations to do what we do....we glowingly talk about what a pleasure it is, how meditative it is, how rewarding it is, oh it's soooooo relaxing...but let me tell you, we have plenty of moments that are beyond frustrating!!!!
A bead-weaver knows this feeling...you're beading along nice and easy and even though, in the back of your head you know you should stop, let your thread untwist, or better yet, take the thread off the needle and run it though some wax or Thread Heaven....but you don't...instead you just keep beading and finally you end up with THIS:
I love to use Nymo thread. I adore the fact that it comes in just about every color under the sun, and when I'm using it, I love that any exposed thread simply blends into the work as long as I pick the correct color for my project.... but Nymo breaks....if you pass it through too many beads, it frays and breaks....if you pass Nymo through bugles or crystals, they are so sharp they almost always fray or cut your thread.
Thread caught on a bead that it's not supposed to be on....
Then when you're done, you see that a thread got caught tightly where it wasn't supposed to be....
Running out of Beads
...for a specific project...when you're almost done with the project....
This is just saaaaaaaad.
Realizing You Messed Up a Pattern
.....3, 4 or 10 rows later...picking apart your hard work is just no fun at all.
Realizing the Pattern Author/Creator Made a Mistake in His/Her Instructions
I repeat, picking apart your hard work is just no fun at all!
So yes...it does take an infinite amount of patience to deal with "all those tiny beads"...but we certainly have our share of irritating moments!!!
If you work with seed beads, please take my poll on the sidebar and let me know what you find most irritating!