Heather Powers of Humblebeads created a beautiful necklace project for the 2022 Fall Fest edition of The Great Bead Extravaganza. I really liked it from my first glimpse, but I don’t enjoy projects. Well, let me explain. I don’t enjoy instructions. I don’t enjoy having to pay attention to instructions, and I’m not good at it. I have quite a number of kits from TGBE’s past that I haven’t made yet. And video instructions are much more difficult for me to follow than written instructions.
After seeing Heather’s necklace a number of times, right at the time of the live presentation, I was very sorry I hadn’t purchased the kit despite the above because the necklace is just so beautiful in every colorway. Alas, the kits were sold out at that point. But, many of the individual beads were available in the Humblebeads shop, so I placed an order. I based my colorway on the availability of the white Queen Anne’s lace bird, but they are my colors anyway. I love gold, silver, white and clear beads and any sort of antique looking finish, luster, or wash. I already had a Queen Anne’s lace pendant that I had added patina to. I’ve been holding onto it for years after seeing it in another Heather Powers project.
Here is a reason why I’m not good at following instructions. It’s just not how my brain works. I’ve done multiple of Heather’s projects and taken her classes. I know she is an excellent, clear teacher. This is my own impatience and overly fast brain that only wants to skim. Her instructions for each type of drop bead was to string one, knot, then do that four more times. I strung four of each drop bead on each side. I only realized that was supposed to be five (string one, knot, then do four more time) after I separated out the druk beads and wondered why I had two left (string one, knot, and then do this eleven more times). I just saw “four” and “eleven” without reading the context. Skimming lets me get a lot of things done quickly in life, but it can also lead to mistakes. Of course I had the opportunity then to fix the druk error, but I was not about to restring the whole thing. Even though I love making things and love stringing and knotting, I very much dislike re-stringing. I know that uneven numbers of beads are more pleasing to the eye (Heather said as much in her presentation) but I actually think the length this ended up is better for me (although it is adjustable.)
Even though I struggle with paying attention to instructions, I will not make the mistake of passing on a kit I really love again. Although I am super happy with my colors and using the pendant from my stash. Even when I don’t get the kit or make the project, it’s always worth watching other artists give instruction. With this project, I learned a nicer way to connect waxed linen to a jump ring than how I’ve been doing it for years. I’m so happy about that. I also love this very affordable clasp from Heather’s shop, so I’ll be using that again. I like the idea of the two interconnected jump rings above the bird, and I actually have some vintage metal pieces that look like that. This gives me an idea of how to use them. And most important, I had a lot of relaxing fun making this project and will have fun wearing it. Heather was nice enough to post a materials list, a link to the video and written instructions (which is what I used) on her blog.