Skip to main content

On the Process of Giving

Hi guys!

For the last week, I've been downsizing both my bead stash and my collection of handmade beadwork. In my last post I detailed the rigors of handing out jewelry to unsuspecting friends. I encountered many of the same question and answer scenarios but have gotten better at the convincing part. ;-)

In contrast to gifting jewelry out of the blue, it is incredibly easy to give away the beads themselves. I held a destash giveaway on my Facebook page with spectacular success! And I had a helper:

This is Phythagoras!

Pythagoras is a handmade Katamari cousin. We found the crocheted bit at a Goodwill and sewed on the face and antennae! I hope there is a future game of Katamari where you can build your own cousin, because this dude would totally make it in!

He's been busy helping me roll up ALL THE BEADS! And now, we've been packing boxes:

And this is what my living room floor looks like. 19 boxes waiting for shipping payments and addresses:

I am entirely too ready to start beading again! I just want a clean house right now. :-/ However, it was all totally worth the effort put in to make other beaders be inspired and creating things that I can't. May all your creations be beautiful!

I suppose the biggest question is What Now? Well, I've broken down my future projects into the following categories.

1. Made to order designs for wholesale accounts. This is my number 1 goal right now. I would love to know that there's a destination for my pieces while I'm creating them. I've had more than enough of 'hoping' something sells. 

2. I'm a nerd, and so are many of the people I know. All my 'fun' beadwork will usually be focused towards making wacky things as gifts. (Ex. companion cube, tri-force, katamari, etc.)

3. Since "Be your own best customer" is a good motto to go by, I just want to make a few designs for myself for once. Wearable things I can wear on a daily basis. I have a difficult time making dainty things, so this will be challenging. More than likely, anything successful will be turned into a wholesale design.

4. If I really get the itch to do something elaborate, I will carefully plan competition pieces. Not many, just enough to keep my name out there as a designer.

I think these seem reasonable considering I haven't entered a competition in several years, have one pair of earrings for myself planned, and only have a couple of nerdy ideas started. That leaves tons of free thinking space for wholesale designs. I've had 12 years to figure out what I do and don't enjoy making so that's a good head start.


Popular posts from this blog

Revisiting My Old Loom and A Warp Finishing Tip

Today is an exciting day! I've remembered a warp finishing technique that I've only tried once before and it appears to be successful. :-) But first..

Have you ever been working on a long term project with a self imposed deadline when suddenly your brain derails you with an urgent need to try out a different technique? Well, that's what happened to me this past week.

I was happily plugging away at my embroidered Tetris blocks when I got to thinking about beading on a loom. Mind you, I fall into the beader stereotype of having learned at a young age to loom and enjoyed every second up until dealing with those pesky end warps. Needless to say that I moved on to off loom stitches within half a year or so. I have occasionally gone back to the loom for certain projects, but inevitably get disgusted with the fuzzy mess at the end and abandon future ideas.

Somehow, this time it's different. I wanted to make bracelets for my two best friends. So now I have some new delicas and…

At Long Last! Bead Looming Warp Finishing Made Easy!

Hello all!!! I am super excited to announce that I have finally finished my newest diagrams to show you how to easily finish off those pesky loom warps. Illustrator is always a challenge for me, but I did it! *whew*

Since about March, I have been on a bead looming kick. Meaning I made about three full pieces between my other projects this year. It's been nice to return to my beading roots after so many years. 13 year old me would be very proud.

Here is my original post on the topic of looming in warp threads:

Revisiting My Old Loom and A Warp Finishing Tip

And now, to bust that myth that beaders around the world agree on: Looming is too hard because warp threads are such a pain. Not true! Observe:

That's all folks! It's just that simple. Traditional methods have you weaving in each thread through a multitude of beads (and sometimes even breaking them with too many thread passes). Some have you weaving a selvage edge and covering it up in some manner. Others have you using t…

January BJP progress

Welcome to the wonderful world of Allison's Antics, where procrastination abounds and new ideas are constantly left in the dust! This should be the new tag line for my life. (Shame on yourself, Tamara.)

I can't believe it's been four years since my last attempt at the Bead Journal Project. Wow. Let's get started shall we.

First of all, you might want to know what I've chosen for my bead embroidered theme. Well, I wanted to go small-ish. I have been sorely neglecting bead embroidery for the last couple years and want to ease back into the process. Sooooo.......always with a usable end product in mind, I chose to do an Art Deco styled necklace each month with three pendants. Each will depict a portion of one of Henry Moore's textile designs from the early 20th century. I just love the patterns and have wanted to make inspirational pieces for quite some....months.

Here is the piece I chose as inspiration for January. Why not just start with my favorite and go from…