I'm a 'self-taught' beader. In the years I've been beading, I've never taken a formal class....but that is not to say I haven't learned from anyone. Books about beading are great - but what is even more exciting is a bead magazine. They come around quite frequently and they are chock-full of information, instruction and inspiration. My two stand-bys are Bead & Button and Beadwork.
I started beading on my 25th birthday - which was, ahem, quite a few years ago (we'll get to the story on that, later on in the challenge)....
Since then I've collected quite a few bead magazines.
I store them under my beading table (above left), behind my beading table on a shelf (above center), on top of bead trays and under bead storage (above right). So many magazines, that I have to pack some of them away.
Open that baby up and there is a treasure chest of almost two decades of bead magazines.
Check out these vintage issues!
These old Bead & Buttons are from 1995, 1994 and 1994 (left-right).
There was not a lot of bead weaving going on back then, and if there was bead weaving, it was usually loom work or in the form of amulet bags:
Bead magazines have played an integral role in my beading life. I've learned so much from working on magazine projects.
It's really fun some days to just randomly pull a magazine from that big wicker box and see what was popular or starting to trend in years past!
You can imagine my delight...when thanks to the fantastic idea of Karyn at Releases by Rufydoof....a piece of mine found it's way into a bead magazine last month (along with some gals I think are pretty terrific)!
Getting into a bead magazine has been on my 'bucket list' for many, many years....but I never really pursued getting myself into one. So THANK YOU Karyn for being the brains behind Beading Babes!
Let's not forget today is the day I did my drawing from last week's "G", giveaway. I used the Random.org, random number generator and here are my winners:
The winner of the kit, is Vimala of The Bead Diaries. The winner of the earrings is Cathy of Life on the Muskoka River.
Well, I can't believe it's M and the challenge is HALF WAY OVER! Wooo hooo! Looking forward to the final 13 letters of the alphabet!