I asked myself why I have so many beads when I don’t do beadwork. “Because they’re pretty” (in a derpy voice) was my self’s reply. Then I asked, so why are they all stored inside a pillbox inside a shoebox inside a cabinet?? …No good answer there, just the protest that “They’re waiting for just the right project, so be patient and keep hoarding!” Mmm, nah, they have spent too many years waiting to see the sun.
The beautiful lanyard made by @MistressJennie I got at the Asheville meetup recently broke (entirely my fault; I’m too rambunctious at work to be wearing beads), and the evil-eye beads from it were the perfect focal points amidst all my bluish seed beads. I bought a set of bells off Etsy, made a bead soup out of my stash and tinkered with the seasoning (the hues, finishes, and textures that fit what I was going for), then strung these up this week!
I used ALL my blue beads (except those leaning toward green, the opaque ones, and about a tablespoon of seed beads), and got six strands. Sitting in the winter sun, stringing these up while the light shine through them, was good for the soul!
I don’t know for sure where they’ll live, but I love how they look when held together (more than spreading them across the window – there aren’t enough strands for that), so they’ll probably all hang from a hook. I’m planning more in other color schemes (I have far more seed beads than this in the aqua/turquoise range), but these are the colors that are speaking to me for now, and it felt so much better to craft something for that reason than my usual “I ought to use this up because I have too much of it” mentality. If and when I do other colors, there should be a sufficient rainbow to hang across the window.