Yes, that’s right…I’ve been promising you this for a while! Now it’s finally time to officially launch the Katie Dean Christmas Beadalong for 2019.
You might already have seen a photo of the project. It’s a beaded box (I had to really, didn’t I?!), as you probably realised. What you may not have realised is, I designed it to hang on the Christmas tree. So, it looks like a little beaded parcel, wrapped with ribbon and a bow. But… once you remove the ribbon, the box opens to reveal a gift.
Take a look at the video to see what I mean…and why I love this design so much!
Who should make this?
Basically, if you like the look of this Katie Dean Christmas Beadalong project, you should sign up to make it! (You can sign up here, by the way).
If you’re sitting there saying, ‘I like it, but…’, then let me try and answer a couple of those ‘buts’!
Are you ‘good enough’?
Maybe you’re thinking you might not be good enough to make this? Well, I have given you the normal PDF with written instructions and diagrams, that you can download. But if you’re quite new to some of these techniques, you may not feel that’s enough for you. Or, if you find it difficult to learn from written instructions, you may be put off.
So, if that’s you, I’ve also given you a series of little videos demonstrating each section of the project. So, you can watch me showing you the techniques, to help with the written instructions. That’s about 50 minutes’ of demos all-in, there!
I also have a load of free technique tutorials you can download to help you with most beading skills.
What I’m trying to say is, if you’re worried about your beading skills, I hope I’ve got you covered. So, as long as you’re happy to learn new things, you should be able to make this.
Do you have the materials?
If you know my work, you’ll know that I often use size 10 Delicas for beaded boxes. And I realise that most people don’t have a huge stock of size 10s. So, for this box, I used all size 11 Delicas.
I have also created several different colour schemes. So, you can use up smaller quantities of beads.
Plus, I’ve given you graph paper and instructions for designing your own scheme. That should allow you to really develop something to suit your stash.
So, what I’m trying to say here is, you probably don’t need to buy any new materials for this!
Do you have the time?
Well, I’m still working on that time machine that somehow allows us all to do all the beading we’ve been dreaming of! So, in the mean-time, what will help?
Assuming you’re a reasonably competent beader, these parcels take about 12 hours to complete – in total.
Now, you don’t have to bead all of that in one sitting. The beauty of this beadalong is that you can work at your own pace. So, even if you’re just grabbing a few minutes here and there, you can still get this done in time for Christmas.
(And if for some reason, you miss this Christmas, there’s always next year..!) Or, these also make great gifts for other occasions. Just re-colour the parcel to something else and you’ve immediately got a birthday present…or Christening gift…or Mother’s Day/Father’s Day gift… I’m sure you get the idea!
So, if that has helped with some of your fears, you can sign up here.
How to join the Katie Dean Christmas Beadalong 2019
If you’ve decided to join me, it’s very simple…
If you’re still a little unsure, you’ll see at the bottom of that link, the full course curriculum. Now, you can preview the beginning section, plus one of the video tutorials, for free. So, that gives you a bit more information to help you decide.
When you have decided to go for it, just choose your payment method (they are essentially the same – it just depends how you prefer to pay) and enrol.
Then, make sure you bookmark the course page so you can find it easily at any time…and just get beading and enjoy!