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Finishing Beading Threads (it’s not what you think…)

Finishing Beading Thread, Katie Dean, Beadflowers

If you’ve landed here because you’re wondering how to go about finishing beading thread on your project, that’s not what I’m going to talk about!

Before I get started…

…But I can point you in the direction of some help for that.

So, if you’re learning the basics, check out this free tutorial. It talks about starting and finishing beading threads. Plus you’ll get tips on holding your work, tension, setting up your beading mat and more!

Then, if you’re wondering about finishing beading projects to turn into jewellery, you might like this free tutorial. It’s all about adding clasps.

Back to my original thread…

Right, now I’ve helped you out, let me get back to what I was saying. Last month, I was focusing on two big projects and I blogged about both of them. So, now I just want to tie things up by finishing those two beading blog threads!

Beaded Nativity Set, Jewellery Maker TV, Katie Dean, Beadflowers

Finishing Beading Thread One

If I’m going to put these in strict order, then my first beading thread was actually my beaded Nativity set. I talked about that in my last blog post, just before it aired on Jewellery Maker TV.

I also promised you links to the videos, so you could catch up on anything you missed. So, in the interests of finishing beading thread number one, here we go…

The Show on Jewellery Maker TV

In this video, you can watch the whole show again. It was full of some really great kits, beads and projects. But if you’re a little short on time, my Nativity set appeared at midday (so, that’s in the last hour of the show).

Watch the video here >>

Technique Videos

I also filmed three short demo videos. Jewellery Maker posted these on their Facebook page and also their YouTube channel. The videos show you how to work in a few different styles of Netting. So, if you’re interested in learning the techniques, I covered three variations. I’ve linked to the first video below. You can find the other two from the sidebar in YouTube.

Watch ‘Flat Netting to cover a bead’ here >>


Finishing Beading Threads, Charity Cupcake Fundraiser, Katie Dean, Beadflowers

Finishing Beading Thread Number Two

Now, this was in fact my main blog thread throughout November: my charity cupcake fundraiser.

So, if you made a donation, or if you have been following closely, you will know what I am about to say…

At the end of the fundraiser, I had raised a stunning £940.01! So, I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who contributed to that wonderful total. The Optimum Health Clinic are thrilled.

I will keep you all updated once the clinical trial commences. Of course this is going to be a lengthy process, but it is great to have the promise of some more research under way.

The Winner is…

Now, to the bit you’ve all been waiting for… Who won the cupcake and what was the right answer?

Well, the winner was an anonymous donor (don’t worry, I have contacted them and had a lovely email. So, the cupcake has found an appreciative new home!).

The correct answer was actually… 6,000 beads!

The eagle-eyed among you might have spotted the photo above this section. I had to make sure that nobody would have an unfair advantage in the competition. So, knowing that some donors might already have the cupcake pattern and might feel inclined to count the beads themselves, using that, I did something a little sneaky. I beaded an extra message to stitch inside the cupcake prize. You can see it in the photo above.

In case anyone is wondering how this came out at such a conveniently round number… By the time I had beaded the message, I was just a few beads short of 6,000. I needed to suspend the message on a string of beads in order to attach it, so I used that string to make the total up to the nice round number you see.

Now, although the competition is over, my fund-raising page remains open. So, if anyone feels like increasing the wonderful total, you can still contribute by clicking here >>

CFS/ME Beaded Cupcake Fundraiser, Optimum Health Clinic, Katie Dean, Beadflowers

Starting a new beading thread

Now, we all know that finishing beading thread is often just the precursor to starting a new beading thread. So, my beading thread for December is all about saying thank you to all of you.

Hopefully some of you have already seen this. I am running a month of Advent beading fun with special offers themed around the Twelve Days of Christmas.

Since I wanted to extend this for more than just 12 days, I’ve been spreading things out a little. So, we are now on the Third Day of Christmas (maybe later if you’re reading this after 6th December 2017!)

So, far, you could have received 30% off beading patterns, a copy of Sweet Treats book for just £10, or free shipping. Many of the offers are strictly limited. So, you have to be quick off the mark. That means keeping an eye on the advent beading page.

Now, I don’t want to detain you any longer. So, if you’re after your special thank you, just click here >>

Bead Flowers, Beadwork by Katie Dean, Advent Beading Fun


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