Meditate and Make - Multitasking for True Fulfillment
Every Thursday I've been posting something about publishing and believe me, there's more where that came from! But I wanted to detour just a wee bit today and share with you a little how-to bracelet project. I am a firm believer that many handcrafts are some of the best meditation when steps in the process are repeated over and over. (Art making can be meditation, too, such as Zen doodling, but I liken art-making more to art therapy simply because different brain processes can be involved in creating intuitively vs. creating with a set, repetitive pattern.) Certain beadwork falls into this repetitive category and I've found working on the Jewel Loom ripe with opportunity for falling into a meditative state. And because meditation leads to greater self-awareness—something you know I'm all about encouraging you to explore—I thought you might enjoy something different this week.
I've been using the Jewel Loom for several years now and have made countless projects with it—both beaded and straight weaving. Well, now there's a new loom in town—the Baby Jewel Loom and I find this so exciting because I'm always drawn to smaller tools as I like working small. "The Baby" is about half the size of the full Jewel Loom and is perfect for making simple, regular bracelets. (The full version works for bracelets, too, but I always found it better suited to wrap-style bracelets which are typically twice the length of regular bracelets.) I know many of you enjoy getting your toes wet in the creation of simple jewelry projects and I love introducing you to ways of making that you might not have considered before. So, here is my first project using "The Baby" and I'm sharing it with you.
What You Need
- Baby Jewel Loom
- beading needle(s), 2 is helpful but not required
- beading thread (I’m using white Nymo)
- decorative 4-hole button (for closure)
- seed beads, size 11/0 (I prefer delica), color to coordinate with your ribbon
- silk ribbon (I’m using recycled Sari strip), no wider than 1/2” (13mm), 23”–26” (58cm–66cm) length
- two-hole tile beads, 6mm, 19–25, color to complement your ribbon