For our July 12 Incubator Meeting, we enjoyed a bead workshop with Pat Creaser. She inherited a vast array of beads and jewelry-making supplies, and decided to share her wealth with Amherst Community Connections and it’s participants! While Pat is not an expert in the art of beading, she worked with us using the knowledge and practice she has recently gained.
Pat taught us how to make coil bracelets, which simply wrap around your wrist and forearm with no need for a clasp or any closure to the bracelet. Each participant was able to pick his or her own beads and length of wire. She brought wire cutters and tools to twist the wire around itself. To make a coil bracelet, we had to loop and twist the wire around itself to ensure the beads would not slip off the end. We then simply pushed the wire through our selections of beads and twisted the other end of the wire once we reached our desired length.
This technique was simple and fun! The whole group agreed that beading could be used as a stress-relief method, noting that the repetitive act of beading is soothing, allowing one to focus only on the task at hand. In addition, Pat discussed the symbolism and practices that many cultures connect to beading. Not only is this art-form fun and accessible, but it is rich in history and meaning!
Please join us on the 19th for Part 2 of our bead workshop, during which we will learn how to make pendant necklaces!
By: Laura Flynn