Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Fuelling the Dream

What made me decide to open my little beading studio?

Trust me it is not something that I ever thought I would do - even once I started on the jewellery making journey. My transition from wire strung pieces, to learning the most basic of stitches for woven jewellery and then moving on to a love of Bead Embroidered pieces has opened up my eyes to a whole host of possibilities.

When I fell in love with stitched jewellery I headed down the wedding jewellery track, which I loved and suited where I was at, at the time. I met many lovely brides (thankfully not one bridezilla) and embraced the opportunity to make something special just for them, from earrings, bracelets, necklaces, brooches and foot jewellery.

Japanese Seed Beads and Swarovski Pearls and Crystals are absolute favourites of mine and I felt an overwhelming desire to be surrounded by all of the colours of these treasures. I began to dream of how I could do this. Once I entered the world of Bead Embroidery the need for all and sundry to be on hand for this medium only fuelled the passion and desire to have all beads. This also came from the many gorgeous creations I was seeing online and the inspiration they give me to create something great.

Pieces like the above stunning necklace from Guzel Bakeeva Design are what has made the need to surround myself with the best beading equipment and beads a reality. And these kind of designs inspire me to be the best beader I can be.

Obviously at this early stage of the game I don't have all of the colours of the beads that I wish for but it is a start and I love the reaction from my new customers when they see the colour starting to fill up the walls and the excitement in their eyes when they realise just what beading can be.

To View what products I do have in store to date go to Serendipity Beads


  1. Thank you for sharing your bead journey with us. I stumbled upon jewellery making by chance while at work one night (I worked in Middlemore Emergency Care). A colleague was stringing some beads during her break. I joined her and my passion grew from there. I started with a fishing tackle box of cheap beads from the bargain bins at Spotlight. Now I have half a garage with bead making and jewellery making equipment! My true passion is the glass beads I make. I look forward to hearing more about your journey and the evolution of your jewellery making :)

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Bobbie - I love hearing from you. We will have to meet up one of these days. It is amazing how many people stumble across the things that turn in to their all consuming passions. Thanks for sharing how you got started too. Isn't it amazing where each beading journey takes us in our own directions. I particularly enjoy reading about other people's journeys, how they started and why and where they end up. Also love hearing the business side of things - find it all truly fascinating - as much as making things - well almost!

  2. Great to learn what started you on your journey to starting a bead shop Diana and your passion for bead embroidery. It's a funny old thing the way we change and transition isn't it? Sometimes we don't even realise it's happening! When I look back on where I started and the journey to where I am now and type of design I am passionate about it - well, I can hardly believe it :D.