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    Default Beaded bookmarks

    I am trying to work my way through a huge stash of beads, so I started making a beaded bookmark, using seed beads. It is slow going, but has a lot of promise for interesting bookmarks down the road. My current one is just a single colour, with a border, but I am starting to work on a pattern for the next one, which will be wider and a bit more elaborate.

    Here is the progress on my first, simple, bookmark so far:

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    How neat and creative!

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    Looks really good MH!! What do you string the beads on?

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    It looks so pretty, love the colors. You are so creative and motivated, thanks for the inspiration.

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    Looks great madhen!




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    MM, along with my bead stash, I have a bunch of bead string (Silamide) in different colours. I also have regular sewing thread, and I am trying that on my second project, because I loop through the same beads so many times, there is pretty much no chance the beads would fall off if a strand broke.

    Here is the second one, although I think I'll end up keeping it, because the border beads appear to be just a teeny bit bigger than the interior beads, and it is throwing the look off.

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    Actually MH - that is a great look - makes me want to rub my fingers over the beads.

    I've never done beading like this - so if you are adding the beads across the work, does anything keep the beads together on the vertical or are they loose?

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    You typically add only two beads at a time, and you are constantly working the thread through the previous row, so you end up with a very tightly bound product. Basically, you work in little circles of four beads at a time (two on the row you are working on and the two in the row below), if you can picture it. You can take a pair of scissors to it afterward and cut straight through, and typically, if you've done it right, you still won't be able to easily remove any beads from the work.

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    I get it - mahalo! Are you using a wire thin flexible needle?

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    Yes, I'm using a size 12 beading needle.

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    Wow, awesome. Looks great and it looks like a lot of work.

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    Both of them look great MH. Pretty TEDIOUS stuff!!

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    I don't think that my eyes could handle this type of work anymore!!

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    It does get tedious and you do get eye strain. That is part of what takes so long - you have to take a lot of breaks!!

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    thats very nice

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