Friday, July 13, 2007

Beading Crafts - Beads

Beading is a great thing to do at my country kitchen table in small or large groups. Many boxes of beads can be set around the table with people passing the boxes around or moving to different chairs from time to time. Boxes of beads may be put together by arrangements of color, shapes or sizes. This is a great activity for church groups or scouts too. I have even had a "beading kid's activity time" during Christmas family gatherings and reunions. The girls enjoy making beaded friendship bracelets to share. We also have a red hat group that has met several times to make bracelets in our colors for those fantastic outfits we wear!
There is a line of very tiny beads that can be purchased at craft stores to make small or large pictures. You can find these special kits at most large craft and hobby stores. They require the use of a very thin, needle of about 1 1/2 to 2 inches in length. You must use a special type of thread for these beads.
Younger children can use larger pony beads relatively easy. Key chains and stringing beads for Christmas chains is a fun activity for this age group. Special attention should be used in having beads around very young children so they do not ingest them.

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