During the 2018 international beading week (28th July – 5th Aug) I participated in Jean Power’s secret bead along.
The international beading week is sponsored by the beadworks guild and there are normally quite a lot of events going on aswell as some fab free patterns from some great designers.
I’ve been watching both the summer beadalong and the Christmas beadalong for a few years (since I got instagram), and have been intrigued. This year I felt I had the time and also the finances to be able to buy both the pattern and kit from spellbound beads.
I used a kit as I didn’t have quite a lot of the beads needed and it made it less intimidating. I chose the orange kit, which was mostly gold. I swapped out the highlight colour delicas, the original was basically yellow and didn’t go with the gold of the other beads. I picked an orangy gold from my stash instead.
For the beadalong, there is some prep work to do, then some beading each day during the week. I managed to do about 80% of the prep work before the beadalong started on the Saturday.
I didn’t actually do any beading on day 1 as I was out of the house all day but on the Sunday, I completed the prep work and day 1 and 2.
During the week, I did day 3 and 4’s beading in the monday and then stopped.
I had a really busy week that week, with some evening activities and a trip away so I did as much as I could but wasn’t putting any pressure on myself to keep up.
I then completed the rest of the beading the following week.
I didn’t follow the final instructions as I don’t wear bracelets, and I wasn’t a massive fan of the necklace described. So I joined the carrier beads together and created some loops to add chain to.
I really enjoyed the process and seeing what others where making on instagram and Facebook. It was less beading each day than I anticipated and some really fun techniques. I will definitely consider participating in the Christmas one.