Have You Tried Beading?
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Hey, have you tried beading? Just kidding, I know you have, and in fact I believe it was you who warned me how very addictive it is to sew one bead . . . and then another bead, and then another bead . . . onto a piece of cloth, until the end of recorded history.
Ann! Help! I can’t stop beading!
I guess it’s lucky that I have ten feet of Alabama Chanin table runner to cover in beads. If you think that figure is an exaggeration, it is—by 3 inches. I have three panels to bead; each panel is 39 inches.
Questions that come to mind: What was I thinking? Have I taken leave of my senses?
Never let it be said that I lack ambition. I have three of these to bead. The orange thread is just basting to hold the layers steady.
Beading is wildly compelling. My will to keep doing it has overpowered all challenges: lack of light, work to do, meal prep, Very Exciting Knitting to do.
Beading is even more fun than using my O-Cedar EasyWring Microfiber Spin Mop & Bucket System—which is really, really fun.
I just sit there, be it sunshiny or gloomy, dinnertime or meeting time, threading the World’s Tiniest Needle (a Bohin Demi-Longue Betweens needle, which I believe may also be known as a millinery needle) with Button and Craft thread that can just barely be mashed through its eye, beading myself into a reverie.
Proof: tiny needle is tiny.
All you need is a Bonne Maman jar of beads and a dream. With the exception of the clear sequins and magenta scraps of Anna Maria Horner print jersey, all my supplies come from Alabama Chanin’s The School of Making. The table runner is a custom kit using the June’s Spring stencil.
I think part of what is driving me on my beading quest is the desire to have something of permanence to show for this time we are all going through. As I packed up the Ikea blue bags to leave the city eight weeks ago, I tossed in more craft projects than I did shirts. In addition to 10 feet of table runner in need of embroidery, appliqué, and armor beading, I also grabbed two other kits from The School of Making, and that Bloomsbury needlepoint I’ve been working on since 2009. It seemed important not to leave them behind. It seemed possible I’d have time to complete them all.
I’ll be here for a while. Call if you need me.