Grand daughter Samantha who is visiting from Santa Cruz took up beading during an art class this school year. I didn't want to miss the opportunity to encourage more beading so when she seemed interested in a swirly design I turned to Carol Dean Sharpe for a pattern.
The instructions are beautifully written and had everything a young beginning beader could ask for. Sam is well on her way and is loving watching the design evolve. Many thanks to Carol for her extra fast service so I could get Sam started today while she is visiting.
I started her out with delicas and black nymo from a cone. Yes, I do usually use fireline but then I usually use a million crystals. With a flat pattern I didn't feel the need and I can easily send her home with a spool of nymo. I've created a small beading kit with needles, thread, scissors, a triangular bead scooper and beads of course.
This is the child whose first rattle was a tube of beads and learned to say 'ooooh beads' when she was two. So I'm glad to see her picking up a needle and thread. She's a quick study and a natural so I look forward to seeing this bracelet done and seeing if she'll be interested in more.