Note: Though the Beadalong has now started it's never too late to join in on any of them and have fun! The pattern is always available for sale and people join in every day (and even years later) so dive in and enjoy. You can also find my Summer Beadalongs here for 2015, here for 2016 and here for 2017. Plus my Christmas ones here for 2016, here for 2015 and here for 2014.
It's time for a new Secret Christmas Beadalong!
Are you looking to add an extra level of anticipation, surprise, community and excitement to your beading with a specially designed 'advent calendar' ornament (which can also be worn as a pendant) project?
Then this special Christmas project, designed to be both a surprise and a Beadalong is perfect for you!
The Beadalong is designed to be done over 12 or 24 days with a little bit of beadwork done each day - but the full instructions will be sent to you at once and you can of course bead it at any time you desire.
The project is different this year as there are not only 2 size variations for the ornament, but the schedule is designed with different speeds & amounts of beading each day so you can finish one piece in under 1 or 2 weeks, or go a bit slower to spread it over the full 24 days, or even embrace the option of beading both sizes in the 24 days... so there are lots of choices for you to help you fit the Beadalong into your life.
Also this year, to keep it lighter for everyone, there is no preparation work!
But don't worry, none of these changes mean that this years project is any less striking, clever or intricate, just that I've pledged not to inflict as many tiny beads as last year!
This year the Beadalong is only available as a pattern to allow you to choose your favourite colours (I will be sending lots of colour advice with the requirements list) and I have pared down the requirements list so you can use what is in your stash or have an excuse to visit your favourite bead store.
The materials you will need are:
- Size 11 Delicas (2 colours)
- 4mm bicone crystals
- 1 x Swarovski #1201 27mm round stone
- Needle and thread of your choice
As soon as you sign-up you'll automatically be sent your confirmation email and then the other emails will follow on automatically.
This project is intermediate and you just need to be comfortable with peyote stitch (circular, tubular and increasing). The instructions you'll be sent won't have a photo of the finished item as it's a complete surprise...
The beading required is about 15-90 minutes each day (depending on the speed you choose and if you want to do 2 ornaments) but the instructions tell you when you can jump ahead etc to help you better able fit it into your schedule.
I love to support and encourage individuals who make beadwork so please feel free to use anything you make from these instructions or kit as gifts or to sell to support your bead buying habit!