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Bead Bracelets for the Faculty of McKinley High School

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

The girls of New Directions aren’t the only ones who are anticipating Valentine’s Day. Some of the female employees at McKinley can expect beads or bead bracelets this Valentine’s Day. Since their significant others make noticeably more money, the bracelets might be complete. Or maybe not, depending on the man who buys it.

1. Emma Pilsbury – Newly betrothed to Will Schuester, Emma can expect to get a bracelet with relationship beads on it. There is a vast variety to choose from, including engagement rings. Perhaps, in a bit of ingenuity, Will can get her beads of their birthstones, signifying their new relationship status.

2. Coach Beiste – A newlywed herself, the lovable football coach who also happens to be a music aficionado most likely could find herself the recipient of a bracelet of sports beads. Beads which show off music and the arts are also a good bet, if you’re paying attention Cooter Menkins. Coach Beiste might have a shiny new wedding ring but a shiny bracelet would really be nice too.

3. Shelby Corcoran – Although she may not be expecting it, perhaps her one time love interest Noah Puckerman would get her a bracelet. As a mother, there are plenty of choices for her. If Puck decides he still wants to be with the adoptive mother of his biological daughter, there are a vast multitude of beads which signify family to choose from. He can afford to get her a whole bracelet, as that pool cleaning business is very lucrative.

No matter the beads that the men of Lima, Ohio pick out, the faculty of McKinley High School can hope for some pricey bling this Valentine’s day. Although few things will contend with Miss Pilsbury’s new engagement ring or Coach Beiste’s wedding ring, some shiny bead bracelets will be be spotted in the halls of McKinley High School next month.

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Making Beads From Fabric

Monday, January 30th, 2012

The technique of making beads from fabric involves taking scraps of material, fibers, threads, etc. and washing the bundle in the washing machine or by hand and then putting everything in the dryer where the material/fibers would get tangled. This is a fun way to use beads aside from the usual bead bracelets and necklaces.

After washing and drying, take a small amount of the tangled material, roll into a small, tight ball, pin in place to hold everything together, and then stitch the material until a tight bead was formed. Once this is complete, the bead can be embellished with seed beads.

First what you do is cut a few scraps of fabric into very, very thin strips. The goal is to have lots of threads hanging off the fabric. The trick is to have the material in very thin strips (as close to 1/4″ as you can.)

Rather than pinning the fabric/fiber into a bead shape, you can use a temporary adhesive spray (used by quilters to hold paper pattern pieces to fabric) which will do a wonderful job of holding the fabric pieces together while the ball is formed.

Once the bead is tightly sewn together, it might seem near impossible to get the wire through the bead, but don’t worry. Working your way around the bead, use colored thread to stitch the strips of material tightly together. This way if the stitches show, you could claim it is part of the design.

After the bead is stitched tightly, you can have fun embellishing the bead. It’s fun to use metallic threads of various colors which can be wrapped around and stitched through the bead. You can finish up by sewing little beads all around the bead. I have to admit, it can a labor-intensive project and take a few hours to complete, but the results are worth it!

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Where Do Seed Beads Originate From?

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Seed beads have been around for about 500 years. They are the most changeable beads ever developed, and are used for jewelry, bead bracelets, clothing, purses, sculpture, textile and a lot more. Seed beads were first created in Italy for use in beaded purses, but were mostly used as trade beads, especially by the French fur merchants who gathered them to trade seed beads for pelts. They are very fashionable because of their sizes, finishes, price and shapes. They have found their way into a lot of cultures and traditional costumes.

Widely treasured among bead weavers, they are used to make amazing jewelry and bead embroidered collars and bead bracelets. These alluring beads are made of glass. The Italians proceeded to make seed beads in the 15th century, but seed beads can be found in graves in Egypt, and also in Nigeria and Spain, dating back 4,000 years.

The mass production of seed beadsstarted in Italy. Murano in Italy was a main producer in the 19th century, but no longer make seed beads today. Italy still creates them in Venice but in a smaller amounts. Their beads are cut by hand, and the lengths of the beads aren’t even.

The Italians did not only produce the traditional round small bead, the Rocaille, but began developing bugle beads in the end of the 15th century in Venice. It took Bohemia a couple of hundred years before they followed their competitors and took up producing bugle beads first in the 18th century.

You view them in all cultures, in ancient graves and in museums, in traditional costumes, high fashion clothing and a lot more. They have been found in decorations and for trading for hundreds of years. Today they are used in all different kinds of beading techniques, and are the most used bead type in bead weaving, bead embroidery and loom work.

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Ancient Meaning Of The Word “Beads” And How The Rosary Got Its Name

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

From as early as 1000A.D, paternosters or similar strings of prayer beads have been a common accessory carried by men and women of all ages. The small circular objects we know in English as “beads” were named from this practice; the root of the English word bead is the same as for the word bid, and originally meant to pray. Clearly they were worn for much different reasons than the fashionable bead bracelets we wear today.

Paternosters and other devotions using beads also continued to bepopular even after the invention of the rosary as we know it today. Before the English Reformation, King Henry VIII of England was given an elaborately carved boxwood paternoster by Cardinal Wolsey which remains on display at Chatsworth in England.

Depending on your place in life and your purse, your medieval rosary or paternoster could be a string of just knots, or a string of beads of wood, bone, glass, semiprecious stone such as agate or jet, amber, or even gold, emeralds, or sapphires. Typically, medieval rosary or paternoster beads were a kind of personal jewelry, and followed the fashion of other jewelry of the time. Coral beads were especially valuable and popular, as coral was thought to be a good-luck charm against the evil eye.

Medieval beads may be oval or round, decorated or plain, and are typically smooth rather than coarse. Many less common types of rosary use flat discs or rings instead of beads. While today most rosary beads are put together by links of metal chain, originally most were loosely strung on silk thread or ribbon, like a necklace.

By the way, being made of rose petals isn’t how the rosary got its name. The word “rosary” originally meant “rose garden” or “rose wreath,” and it was applied to a devotion involving repetitions of the “Hail, Mary” because of a legend!

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