Thursday, March 14, 2013

New Bead Along

Well after a wonderful Holiday break I think it's high time for a new Bead Along. Last year we did a bead along with Sabine's book Beaded Fantasies and it was a lot of fun. It was so great getting to see every one's colors! 

FAQ:

What is a bead along?     A Bead Along is simply a group of beaders from all over the world working on a designated project all at one time. Everyone works on a project on their own time, with their own color choices for a 2 week period of time.

How does a bead along work?  First of all, buy the book "Metallic Seed Bead Splendor" by Nancy Zellers.  At the beginning of the Bead Along you will be given a list of projects to complete and the dates that each is to be completed. Once you have the first project done you email me a picture of the finished product along with a list of colors that you used. As pictures arrive I will post them here on the blog for all to see. *Something New this go round* I will be making a photo album on the facebook page of all the pictures people send in so that all of our beading friends can see who may not check the blog often.

Why participate in the Bead Along?  The whole reason for doing a bead along is to learn new techniques. Beading isn't any fun if you never learn anything new! Doing a bead along pushes you to try new techniques or projects that you may, at any other time, might not choose to do.

What if I don't finish a project before a due date or life gets in the way?  No worries. There is no cost to do the bead along and no penalty if you don't get a project finished on time. If you don't get one finished or you finish late just email me pictures when your done.

Important Notes from Kelly:
1. All pictures are to be emailed to me at off_the_beaded_path@yahoo.com. You can email them to me at any time.

2. I CAN ONLY POST WHAT YOU SEND ME! If you don't send me your name or your color info I can't post it. I had someone get mad at me last time and tell me that I was prejudice because I didn't list her colors used. I had never met the person or even seen the person before. So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE understand that if you don't send it to me I can't put the info on the blog.

3. This is supposed to be a fun bead along so don't stress and just have fun learning. I will not be doing video tutorials on the projects because of the design infringement but I tried to pick projects that looked fun and easy but at the same time challenging for some. I will however do videos for some of the basic stitches that need to be known for the projects and will post those to youtube.

 
Bead Along starts April 1st. Here is your list of projects and dates to be completed:
 

Page 34  Summer Lace Necklace         Due: April 15th
Page 44  Crystal Lattice Bracelet         Due: April 29th
Page 65  Jeweled Rings Necklace        Due: May 13th
Page 78  Oval Chain Link                    Due: May 27th
Page 82  Etruscan Earrings (JUST EARRINGS)   Due: June 10th
Page 29  Gold Lace Bracelet                Due: June 24th

If you want to participate please leave a comment and also tell us a little bit about yourself...your name, where your from, etc so that we can get to know that group.

61 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would like to participate in the bead along. My name is Wanda and I am from Pelzer, SC. I began beading about 3 years ago and find working with beads enjoyable. I look forward to getting started on the planned projects.

LES said...

Hello,
I think this is a great idea. I am relatively new to beading but I've been crafting jewelry for 5 or 6 years. My name is Linda and I'm from a small town (Steelville) in south central Missouri. I'm anxious to join in.

Jane (Carroll's Creations) said...

wooohooo - loved the last beadalong.

Book ordered now so should be able to join the first one.

I'm Jane from Midlands in UK and been beading for about a year and my first project was a seed bead twisted rope

Love your vids Kelly, just wish could come to see you :)

Hugs Jane x

Fiona _JMD said...

Hi Kelly, I would love to give this a go. I ordered the book at the beginning of this month so hopefully it will be here in time for the start date. I am Fiona and I live in Northamptonshire in the UK. I have been beading for about 6 years and have followed many of your videos. I struggle to get the old brain to translate the written word into beading, but I will give this a major go.

irishis said...

I checked on Amazon for this book and it's says it's pre-order, not out yet??
http://www.amazon.com/Metallic-Seed-Bead-Splendor-Timeless/dp/0871164841

Kelly Randolph said...

Hi Kelly,
My name is Kelly too, and I live in Germany.
I teach beading (beginners) at our local Military Community Arts & Craft Center. I have learned a lot from your videos. Hoping I can keep up, with work and 4 lively kiddos, so when I can bead it usually is to prepare for a class. Looking forward to some fun. Congratulations on the upcoming new baby, and LOVE the new hairdo!

Delovely said...

Hi Kelly,
My name is JoAnne and I live in Michigan. I think this is great idea. To often I buy a bead book and don't take the time to try any of the projects. It will be fun to actually complete some projects and see the color combinations others are using. Thanks for putting this together.

Judy Nel said...

Hi Kelly,

Judy here from Boston MA - a relatively new beader - I am anxious and happy to join in the beadalong - but first I must purchase the book....then onto the projects.....thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelly

My name is Deb and I live in Holland, Michigan. I have become a passionate beader over the last year. Have never done a bead a long, but a game to give it a shot. Have to get the book first and see what supplies I have and what I need to get so will be ready to rock it on April 1

Cheryl Hendrichs said...

Hello Kelley....I just ordered the book should be here hopefully in time to start the first project with everyone. I look forward to beading along with everyone!! God Bless..Cheryl

jbug636 said...

My name is June and I live in Kansas. I have been beading for about three years, but am fairly new to some of the stitches. I have ordered the book, and Amazon says it won't ship until April, so I am anxiously awaiting the arrival so I can get started! This will be my first Bead Along, and I am slow, but I will eventually get it done! May have to put off in some of the summer months, as I and my hubby bail hay to sell, so I have to "make hay while the sun shines", but on those rainy days, I will be happily beading along! I am so blessed! I love the country life!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelly and all!
My name is Jackie and I live in S.W. Washington.I've been beading for about 5 yrs or so.I participated in the last Bead-a-long with 1 project.I just ordered the book we will be working from.I got it from Amazon as a pre-order and I wont receive it until April 12th-16th.Hope I can get it before the 1st deadline.
Love your videos Kelly! Your a sweetie!

Judy said...

Hi Kelly, I won't be in the Bead a Long, but just wanted to tell you congrats on the new baby coming!!! I miss babies, I raised 6 children and now have 16 grandkids and 3 great grandkids. Babies are wonderful!!! I love to watch your videos.

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Bill & Peggy said...

Hi, my name is Peggy and I live in Portland Oregon. I love to bead and look forward to participating in my first bead alone.. I am going to order the book tonight..

C.L. said...

Hello, My name is Cindia. I live in Arkansas and have been beading about 2 years after I retired from working as a elementary school secretary for 16 years. I never thought I would be doing this, but I absolutely love beading and trying new things! I haven't participated in anything like this before so I think it will be fun!

Cheryl Hill said...

Hi Kelly...I want to be in the bead a long please!!!! My name is Cheryl Hill....I love beading and am looking forward to this...it will be my 1st bead-a-long!!!!

Barb Tarcza said...

I really want to try this! I have not done a beadalong before but I have been beading off and on for several years and decided to get serious about it. Ordering my copy of the book now.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelly and everyone!
My name is Bonnie and I live near Toronto, Ontario in Canada. I would love to participate in this bead along. I've been beading for close to 2 years now and have learned tons from your videos. I'm ordering the book now, but I have to pre-order for the release in April. Fingers crossed I get it on time. This will be my first bead along and am looking forward to getting to it! Congrats on your baby, I'm pregnant too!

Cheryl Intartaglio said...

Can you post a list of materials needed for our first project? I am waiting for my book to arrive.

Louise P said...

Hi Kelly, count me in again this time but I'll be starting late because the book comes out in the UK at the end of April. I've been making jewellery since I was about 15 but have only been needlebeading for 3 years but it's fast become my favourite. The last beadalong was great - I learnt loads and got all my Christmas presents done so hopefully this one will be the same!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelly,

My name is Dawn Morris and I would like to participate in the bead along. I have been beading now off and on for about 2-3 years and am always looking for something new. This sounds like a lot of fun.

Sincerely, Dawn.

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Joy Jefferson said...

Hello Everyone......

My name is Joy and I am excited to do the bead-a-long again. I have been beading with Kelly's Youtube videos for a couple of years now and love it! I just ordered my book.....will get started once my book arrives because it takes me sometime to get it finished due to working long hours! Welcome newbies!!!1

Fuj said...

This is also my first beadalong. Just ordered my book from Amazon as well. I haven't been beading long but have followed a couple of your videos and have made a few bracelets to give as gifts. You're a wonderful teacher and I want to thank you for starting me on a hobby that is so much fun and rewarding.

Suzie Price said...

HI Kelly...I'm gonna try to beadalong. Hopefully I can. I have learned so much from you! YOU are a great teacher!

Lynnette Dower said...

Hi, My name is Lynnette and i live in Middletown, CT. I'd love to do the bead-along.

Rita said...

YEA, This would be my first time doing a bead along love to try this out. My name is Rita and I am from Alabama

Anonymous said...

My name is Doris from North Carolina I would love to do this bead along, I have visited Kelly's store and it is awesome am sure will be visiting soon , because I will need supplies for the bead along.

angela said...

Hi Kelly, I would love to do the bead along with you. My name is angela and im from Sheridan Wy. Not only do i think you are a wonderful teacher but also a very smart buisness woman. I ordered the book from you so im sure it will be here in plenty of time. Cant wait to get started.

Jenamaral said...

Hi Kelly, my name is Jen, I'm from Wilmington, MA. I have been watching your youtube videos and have been reading your blog for years. I received this book today and it is awesome! I would like to very much bead along with you. Thank you for putting this together, I can already tell its going to be a fun project. Wish I lived closer so I could visit!

Anonymous said...

I want to join, thanks for all you do for all of us Kelly. Great projects I love the book.
Becky, NC

Sheri said...

I plan on participating. My name is Sheri, from South Bend, Indiana. I've learned so much from you Kelly, I've made many, many of your designs. When I do craft shows, I post a sign that the designs are from Off the Beaded Path. Just received my book today and looked and marked each piece. Already know what colors to use for the first piece. Hope to get it done on time. Looking forward to this challenge.

Pam said...

Hi, My name is Pam and I'm from Indiana, PA. I started beading while on a cruise two years ago. They offered a class on the ship so I decided to try. I fell in love with beading. Then I found your videos online and have been hooked ever since. I did your first bead along and can't wait to do this one. I love trying new types of beading.

Pat said...

Hi Kelly, thanks for the earring kit that came with the anniversary order! I was very pleasantly surprised. My name is Pat and I am in Huntsville AL. Hope to do some of the bead along if the book get here in time. Amazon says June....sure hope that's just an automated estimate!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelly,
I will be doing the beadalong again - I really enjoyed the last one we did. I will be submitting late as the book isn't released yet here in the UK, but I hope to catch up when it does arrive.
Jayne Wilks, UK

Patsy said...

Hi Kelly! Hope you are doing great today. I just received my book yesterday and can't wait to go through it and check out the new projects you have lined up for us to do. This is my first "bead-a-long" - I am excited to join in! I have been beading for almost 2 yrs and wish I had more time to devote to it! I live in Gilbert, AZ. I love all that you do and want to say "thank you" for being such a wonderful enthusiastic teacher to us all!

Theresa said...

Hi Kelly:) My name is Theresa Ventresca & I live in Harleysville, PA I am new to beading & have watched many of your video's......which I so enjoy. I am so looking forward to my 1st Bead Along! Going to be getting my book soon:)
Thank you:)

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelly, My name is Sharon Mashburn, I live in Sweetwater Tennessee. This is my first Bead Along, and I am excited to get started. I have been beading for several years, and have learned so much from your videos.

Anonymous said...

Hey Kelly
My name is Gina and I live in Saginaw Texas. I'm excited about this new book and joining the bead-a-long. Got lucky yesterday and found the book at my local bead store. I've been beading about 10 years. Can't wait to get started.

craftsbyjacqui said...

My name is Jackie Demyers and I live in Garden Grove, CA. I am so excited to join this beadalong. I was able to do a couple in the previous one. My goal is to try and do all of these.

Anonymous said...

Hi, my name is Mary and I live in Houston, Tx., I've been making jewelry for many years (15+) but just started using seed beads last year after I took an ndebele (herringbone stitch) class at a local beading shop. With that little bit of knowledge, I am able to read most any pattern and make it. My book arrived yesterday and I can't wait to get started!!

~eVe~ said...

Hi, Kelly and Bead Along Gang! I am called Eve or Evelyn. Eve is easier to type. I am the preverbal "old dog" learning new tricks. I live in Mississippi and I started beading seriously in December of 2012. I am concerned that this may be an over-reach for me. Okay, so I'll throw caution to the wind. I would like to join the group. May we order our own book to participate or do I need to order it from you? Thanks for your consideration and all the tutorials that you've provided. I often view yours on YouTube. You're very generous with your skill.

Hayley at Crafters Haven said...

Hi Kelly

I'll be joining in with this fabulous Bead Along project! My name is Hayley and I live in North Yorkshire in England. I have just ordered the book and can't wait for it to arrive so I can start the projects!

As others have said, your tutorials are fantastic, so thank you!

Sharen said...

Hi Kelly, i'd love to participate in the bead along. I'm a grandma of 3 wonderful men and a mom to 1 boy and 2 girls. Home is in Northridge, CA.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelly. I am Tina from Milford, KS. Just received my book and I would like to participate in the BeadALong. Your tutorials are fantastic, thank you.

Anonymous said...

Hi I am Linda from Chicago. I love making jewelry. The book just arrived today. Let the beading begin....

Patty said...

Hi Kelly, Patty from PA. Count me in for the bead along. My book is scheduled to be delivered in todays mail. I can't wait! I love to learn new techniques and patterns! I have been beading about one year and am a follower of Off the Beaded Path tutorials, I have even sold a few pieces! I have even joined the Beading friends group from the UK via your site!

Auntie Beanie said...

Hi, My name is SaBrina
I stumbled across your tutorials on You-tube just one week ago! I said wow she has great tutorials. I've been searching you sites and blog. I came across Bead Along this morning. I would love to join. I enjoy just about anything handmade. I start jewelry making about 10 years ago. I stopped and wanted to start again. I enjoy classroom/group activities. I would enjoy beading along. Thanks for sharing your time and talent.

Jodi Riddle said...

I forgot to post that I was joining in the bead along. I just got my book and I'm halfway thru the bracelet. I'm so excited and proud of myself that I could actually figure out how to read the pattern and not have to have a video show me step by step! I'm already thinking of other color combos I can do with this.

Robin said...

Hi everyone. Looking forward to doing my first bead-a-long!! Sounds like fun and can't wait to see all the variations all the participants come up with. I have been beading almost a year now so some of these might be a true test of my ability to read patterns and my patience...lol Kelly I have so enjoyed your tutorials on you tube and have learned soooo much from you !!!

Handmade Beading said...

Hi Everyone!
My name is Dianne, and I live in a small town in IL. I am formally from Chicago. I moved here about 12 years ago, and had been bored to tears until I started beading. I got into it when my sisterinlaw showed me some things she had made. I started ordering all kinds of beads, but didn't know what to do with them. No imagination here. one day, by accident, I found Kelly on U-Tube, and the rest is history. She has spent so much time with me in my office/craft room, its sickening.
I am so excited to do this Bead Along. I am not nearly as advanced as most, but it's fun trying, and learning.
So..Good Luck to all, and to Kelly as always.. Thank you for all you do!

Shelley LaBarre said...

Hello All,

Kelly and Sammy, I want to say THANK YOU for all the wonderful and generous contributions you have made to the beading community. I am saddened by the occasional negative comment you receive, but heartened by the MANY of us who write to tell you what a gifted teacher you are. Your YouTube videos help me tremendously (such as diminishing my intimidation of new stitches). My budget is limited these days, but I happily purchase from you as I can: giving back to those that give freely. THANK YOU and congrats on your family addition - exciting!

Josephine Lareza said...

Hi Kelly,
First of all, thank you for your tutorials published in YouTube. They are so well and clearly explained. I have made some of your projects and I am satisfied with the results.
I would like to partly join the bead along. Partly, because it can be difficult at times for me to get the right needs needed for the projects. Is it possible to just make some of the chosen projects and send you the picture of what I can finish on time?
I am living partly in Milan, Italy and partly in Stockholm, Sweden.
Thanks
Josephine Lareza

The Sudarshans said...

Hi Kelly...I'm Padma from Bangalore, India. I discovered your beading videos on you tube. I love the way you teach. You are very patient and make everything so simple! Thanks a ton. I have just placed the order for the book and expect it to be delivered in about 10 days. Wanted to let you know that I'm super excited about your bead along idea and can't wait to start!!

Anonymous said...

Hi kelly, thanks for your wonderful tutorials! Ive been making jewellery for about 3 years and have recently become interested in beadwork. Im a little late but have ordered the book, so will do my best!

Jan
wirral U.K

wibbwebb said...

I just saw the bead a long. I will miss the first project.
I am Lyman and have been beading 10 years now. I live in Augusta, Ga.

Chris said...

I just found your blog and have just recently started beading. I am hooked! Is it too late to join? My name is Chris, and I live in Ohio.
Thanks for your great tutorials, Kelly!

Gabriela de Austin said...

Hi Kelly, thanks for your beautiful tutorials, I learned with them. I hope this is not so late for the bead along, my book is coming tomorrow. I have more than 8 years beading..so relaxing for me. I live in Canada, Saint John,NB, Many greetings,
Gabriela

Carla said...

Hi Kelly, My name is Carla I have been watching your videos for a the past year and have enjoyed each and everyone of them. What a great teacher you are! I stumbled across your blogspot and found the "Bead Along" project. It's too late for me to join in on this one so I was wondering how many you conduct throughout the year? Hopefully I can join in on your next one. I live in a small town in Lake Havasu City AZ, we do have a bead shop here so if I get stuck on a project I know I can get help. Thanks for all that you do Kelly and the wonderful projects that you share with us. You are a special person.
Carla

ybliku2 said...

Hi my name is Carla and I am fairly new to beading. I got started when my little doxie became paraplegic and I needed to switch my interest to something I could do as I sat with her to keep her "safe" as she indicated that everything scared her now. So I switched from doing silver work to beading. She and I were happy then. Two weeks ago I had to give my baby girl up and allow her to cross the Rainbow Bridge. I can't seem to get interested in silver right now, so I am sticking with beading since I spent so much money investing in beads and supplies. I need to advance my beading since I only know the peyote stitch and flat spiral. I have a hard time following written instructions and do much better with pictures. Thanks for considering adding me. I would love to learn more through the bead alongs. Thanks. Carla

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