As I was sitting today working on a chain in the smallest size of ring possible my thoughts went way back into the past, trying to remember where my love of beads stems from. And I did remember! I was either 5 or 6 years old when I was given a most exciting Christmas gift. It was a box of tubular beads, same length and width, in opaque glass. There was no plastic in those days!!! They came with a set of instructions how to make different shapes of doilies, diagrams and needle and thread. This was indeed a most wonderful gift. Forgetting everything else I proceeded right then and there on Christmas Eve(that's when Santa brought our gifts) to start on the first project which was a star shaped placemat or doily.
In those days our kitchen was what was called a living kitchen. All the family's activities took place there for the simple reason that it was the warmest room in the house as well as the largest! So I opened my box of beads on the large kitchen table, spread them all out just to admire the colours, threaded my needle and got the first segment underway. Then what: grandma came to announce dinner time and I sadly had to pack up again. But eventually I completed my doily, even though I remember that passing the thread back and forth was not that easy!
I think this is where my love of beads stems from. What about you? How did you start? I would love to hear your own fond memories.