What are your favourite National Beading Week memories from 2017?
I promised all my Beadalong participants that I would share some of the photos that I got to see as the week went on. Then, I want to look back and share some of my favourite memories. Please share yours too in the comments below.
I was thrilled that so many people wanted to take part in my Beadalong. (If you missed it, you can still catch up at that link).
So, I had beaders from all across the world. This is going to be one of my favourite National Beading Week memories from 2017. Or should I say, International Beading Week memories?!
I want to say a particular hello to two lovely ladies in Toronto, MaryPat and Valerie, plus Fran from Florida. I got to know all of you much better during the week as you sent me progress reports and we chatted along the way.
The Beadalong also managed to introduce people to some new techniques. So, as you admire the photos that I’ve scattered throughout this blog post, please remember something. In a lot of cases, this was the very first time that someone had tried the technique. So, you’re looking at a first project. And what an amazing job they all did!
Creativity and Colour
This is one of my National Beading Week memories, but it is also something that I love about the beading in general. So, seeing the creativity and colour choices of the people who took part in the Beadalong was a real thrill.
A lot of you tell me that you don’t feel confident about choosing colours. Yet, when I see all the projects coming to life, I always think what beautiful choices you make. So, maybe this is a lesson to take away. We are all far too self-critical. I include myself in that. How often do we look at someone else’s work and think it’s amazing? Then look at our own and see only the faults.
My solution there is to put you work away in a drawer out of sight for a couple of weeks. Then, when you take it out, you can view it with fresh eyes. Hopefully you then appreciate what you have achieved.
My Top National Beading Week Memories
Someone actually asked me for my top memories and I didn’t have to think long. It was getting the chance to make new friends. The beading world really is a lovely community and (Inter)National Beading Week just brings us all together each year.
So, I found myself chatting with beading friends I’ve known for a long time. Then getting to know people I haven’t met before. So, I have lots of special memories to cherish and friendships that I know I will take forward.
What were your favourite moments or National Beading Week memories?
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Whilst I’ve been savouring those memories this past week, I know the spirit of friendship and community is something we will all take forward. So, I feel very lucky to be part of the beading world. I’m already looking forward to 2018!