3 Reasons Why Beading Is My Passion Hobby

3 Reasons Why Beading Is My Passion Hobby

Sara wanted to talk about how much beading and jewelry making has meant to her. She has discussed it in videos but wanted to explore it on a blog. She found beads as a young teenager. It became a part of her. I met Sara when she was around 18. I watched as her creative fire took hold. She joined Soft Flex Company shortly after I met her. It has been fun seeing her craft…
Beading Journeys Around The World

Beading Journeys Around The World

I’ve somehow managed to revolve my life around  beads and travel. My love affair with both began back in the 1980’s when I lived on the Navajo reservation. I fell in love with the challenges that come from living in an unfamiliar culture, and I also fell in love with their beadwork. A simple three-hour class in basic  stringing and looming techniques was all I n…
History of Beads III: Iron Age To Modern Beaded Jewelry

History of Beads III: Iron Age To Modern Beaded Jewelry

Beading is an ancient craft. Beaded necklaces and bracelets had crude beginnings. The humble egg and stone beads that graced early man developed into a thriving craft and beading become an artisan occupation. Trade and travel carried beaded treasures across the globe.The desire to adorn and be different was a primal impulse. Beads were a mighty symbol of privilege and…
History of Beads II: Bronze Age Beaded Jewelry

History of Beads II: Bronze Age Beaded Jewelry

A single spark ignites a bonfire. The crude beginning of beading and jewelry making evolved into a wildfire of creativity and jewelry design. Bead stringing began with egg and stone. It escalated into an art with shaped glass beads and standardized beads that allowed for uniform designs. The Stone Age ended with a simple foundation. The Bronze Age erupted wi…