Thursday, March 25, 2010

Bead Crochet

Bead Crochet is one of my passions and every time I think I've reached the end of what you can do with it I find another avenue to try out. I'm Judith Bertoglio-Giffin and am honoured to be a part of CraftEdu.
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I've been beading for more years than I care to admit to. In the 1990's I discovered bead crochet and have been asking myself, "I wonder what would happen if...?" ever since. This led to teaching, published patterns, two books, a how-to DVD and bead crochet design software. You can see examples of what I do at Bead Line Studios.
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The materials are quite simple: thread, beads, a crochet hook and safety pin.

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It's a highly portable technique. Once your beads are strung, throw everything into a hard cased sunglasses holder and you are good to go. The beads won't go wandering off and the pattern is already set (strung). All you need to do is slip-stitch the beads into a tube.





It's not an easy beading technique to pick up. My very first piece should have been a mile long as I crocheted, pulled out, crocheted and ripped back. There is something about adding beads to crochet work that makes one think you should have five hands. If you have faith and persistence it does click into place (literally).

It's the feel of the ropes that I fell in love with. They are so supple and you can create pieces that have no metal findings. I have over 10 years of teaching bead crochet experience that I hope to pass on to others.

Oh, and other beadwork projects as well. My other two passions are bead embroidery and freeform beadwork.

1 comment:

  1. Now I have to go buy a new keyboard. i just drooled all over mine.....

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