A Passion for Beads

My love affair with beading began with this bracelet.  While my husband and I  were vacationing on Maui,  I happened into a  bead shop in the charming town of Paia.  There were strands of beads covering every available inch of wall space –  they were even hanging from the ceiling!  I was dazzled by the jewel-like brilliance and vibrant colors…pearls, crystals, vintage german glass, tubes of tiny seed beads all begging to be touched!  Aside from stringing a few pony beads as a young girl, I’d never ventured into the art of beading.  I thought it would be too tedious and I knew it would be very  time consuming.  I didn’t think I’d have the patience for it.  I like immediate gratification whenever possible!  But then I noticed some finished bracelets in a display case and I just had to make one for myself!  So with help from the staff, I chose all the beads I’d need for my bracelet project.  I couldn’t wait to start stitching!  Needless to say, I didn’t do much sight seeing or swimming on that vacation.  I had found a new passion and devoted myself to beading for the duration of our stay on the island. 

~ by BarbaraBriggsDesigns on February 27, 2010.

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