Back in the late 80’s I saved an article from the Minneapolis Star Tribune about ways to decorate eggs for Easter. One of the projects was beading eggs and it caught my attention.
In 1998, when we came back to the states and moved to Palm Springs, CA I ran across the article I had kept all these years and decided it was time to make one of these beaded eggs. I had some beads from a craft store and started with a regular sewing needle and some sort of thread. I finished a few eggs quite quickly, but I struggled getting that sewing needle through the tiny bead holes. The beads that I was using were all irregular with some of the holes big and easy to get through and others quite narrow and gave me problems.
I started asking people where I could find beads and servicemen that I worked with asked his wife and came back to me with the name of a quilting store that also sold beads. The next day was Saturday and I headed over there in search of beads. I walked in and found the bead section and started looking at colors and sizes. Someone came over and asked if I wanted help and one thing let to another and I found out they taught beading classes and there was one just starting.
The class was for a bracelet and before I knew it I was picking out my beads, learning about beading needles and thread and I never looked back. I went home 6 hours later and showed my husband what I made. I had already signed up for another class and was so excited.
I also kept working on the beaded eggs. It was a lot easier with a proper beading needle – they are very thin and flexible. I also picked up some beads that were of better quality and were uniform shapes and sizes.
After a few classes I was invited to join some of the beaders on Wednesday nights. They all got together after the store closed and just beaded together. They just brought in their own projects, beaded together and had fun.
I miss these ladies and our beading nights. My life has changed so much since I left Palm Springs and we moved to S.Texas. I miss my days of beading, but I love what I am doing around the house and in the gardens. And I love my beaded eggs!