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New Year's Beading Resolution


Happy New Year! In 2016, I didn’t have a lot of time for personal beading projects. So for 2017, I decided that my New Year’s resolution would be to make more time to explore new techniques and simply bead for the fun of it. Over the holiday, I got off to a great start with this adorable “Daisy chain bracelet” from Teresa Morse’s new book, Learn to Use Two-Hole Beads. I already have a lot of experience with two-hole beads, but this bracelet plus a few of her other projects really caught my eye. This was a great way to start adhering to my resolution - it was a fun and easy bracelet to make (I took less than two hours) and I love how it turned out. I'm a big fan of spirals, braids, and circles, and this design has elements of all three.


To me, the title of the book is a tad misleading because the only two-hole beads featured are SuperDuos and/or Twin beads, which are very similar and are often used interchangeably. But ultimately, I decided that didn't bother me. I actually like that the book has a relatively narrow focus, because a lot of beaders are still getting used to two-hole beads and don’t necessarily want to try every new shape that comes out. The SuperDuo/Twin bead has been actively embraced by the beading community, and this book features 20 different designs for this fun bead, pairing them with seed beads, crystals, fire-polished beads, and pearls. Another thing I like about this book is that the materials lists are quite manageable. Most projects call for only five or fewer types of beads (though a few need as many as seven), so you might need only two different colors of SuperDuos, an accent bead like a pearl or fire-polished bead, and one or two different seed beads, plus a clasp for most of them.

I’m glad I got started on my resolution with Teresa’s book. Her instructions are very clear and thorough and even for beaders who really don’t like reading instructions, preferring to rely on photos or illustrations, these projects are very doable.

Do you have any beading resolutions? If you’re interested in getting more experience with SuperDuos and Twins, this is a great place to start! You can find Teresa's book here.

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