About Keepsake Cards
The idea for Keepsake Cards came to mind when I was asked to create a project to feature in the 50th issue of Bead Magazine. I thought it would be great to send them a golden anniversary card to mark the occasion. Of course I realised that this idea had huge potential. We are often looking for ways to mark a really special occasion and, as beaders, it is always welcome to have a different beading project. So this is it!
In the book you will learn how to make a rectangular card blank in portrait and also in landscape. You will also learn how to make square card blanks. These all involve different variations of Peyote stitch and they create cards that are strong enough to support themselves and stand up like a ‘normal’ card. The cards measure about 3″ (8cm) on their longest side, so they are really miniature.
After learning how to make the card blanks, you will be shown how to add decoration to the front and lettering to the inside. These designs become your ‘Keepsake cards’ that you can personalise for just about any occasion. I have included nine complete projects, but the Keepsake Cards book is really about giving you the tools you need to design your own. So you will find plenty of additional ideas for adding patterns to your card blanks, different designs for card fronts and a full alphabet and numbers in both Peyote stitch and Square/Herringbone so you can create your own messages. The book also includes blank pattern paper so you can design your own decorations, plus lots of handy tips to help you create designs that will work well. I have also included a gallery section to show you how the Keepsake cards can be adapted for other purposes, like Christmas decorations, adding three-dimensional decoration or even, if you want to be adventurous, to create a complete little beaded book! One of the gallery ideas is a beaded locket which I had originally thought of including in the book. In the end I decided to write it up as a separate pattern, but if you would like it, you can order the pattern for free alongside the book. If you want the locket pattern on its own, then you can find it here.
Keepsake Cards will inspire you and keep you busy with a never-ending stack of projects, so your friends and family will enjoy wonderful beaded keepsakes to commemorate their special occasions.