My journey into beading has been up and down. I watched my sister string a necklace one day and thought "I'd love to do that". Not seeing myself as creative in any way, I asked her to show me how to do it. The words, tigertail, crimps, flat nose pliers etc were alien to me. I was all fingers and thumbs but after ruining a number of crimps and tigertail lengths I finally got it! I had an illusion necklace in front of me and was beaming from ear to ear.
Not having the money and, I suppose the knowhow, I haunted the op shops looking for old necklaces I could pull apart, another suggestion from my sister. I found it impossible to walk passed an oppie without going in and checking out their beadie wares. Soon, however, I needed more.
Totally obsessed by this stage I found a wonderful site www.beadingforum.com.au
It opened up a whole new beading world. I suddenly realised that stringing was not the only thing I could do with beads. I could weave them too. With a lot of help and advice from fellow beaders I launched down a new path and into another world. The world of seed beads! I am still totally obsessed with them. Next came crystals. Such beautiful sparkly little things. I can't live without them.
I have since dabbled in wirework and polymer clay but my heart will always lie with beadweaving.
Over the last 7 years the bead and I have become one.
Thank goodness I have a patient husband although sometimes I think he must tear his hear out with my obsession.