| Bead Chat Offers Valuable Opportunity to Engage
It’s no big secret that creative inspiration can come from a
variety of surprising places. Impressionist artists, for example, would often
paint together in groups or meet for discussions on their common interest led
by a well-respected contemporary (in this case, Manet) at a local cafe.
Nowadays, we reach halfway across
the globe with the click of a mouse and members of our particular brand of
artistry, beading, can share all kinds of things about their mutual interest
via man’s greatest invention: the Internet.
Now, we’re not saying that our
beading community is creating the next Impressionist movement (though y’all are
pretty great) and we’re certainly not implying that Auntie’s Beads is in any
way its Edouard Manet, but we do think that Bead Chat has become a marvelous
place to share ideas, collaborate and find that next little daub of creative
inspiration for everything beading.
Bead Chat is an online community on
Facebook, hosted by Auntie’s Beads, which allows people from all walks of
beading life to post pictures of their latest designs, inquire about a new
technique, discuss jewelry making in general or simply vent/revel in their
latest learning moment/personal victory in beading. Our Bead Chat members have
become a very engaged group of artists who have done a wonderful job of giving
out relevant information as well as encouragement to their fellow beaders.
Indeed, it has become just the sort
of supportive social environment that can be so helpful and encouraging
throughout the creative process. Not to mention, it’s a great way to share your
excitement for your latest project with other designers who are capable of
truly recognizing the labor, resourcefulness and imaginative thought that went
into your work.
So, if you haven’t already, ask to join Bead Chat hosted by Auntie’s Beads! (We have a closed version where only other members can view your
posts as well as an open Bead Chat group where all posts are public.) With a
total group of about 1,100 clever and inventive beaders, you’re sure to find
plenty of stimulating insight and support for all of your artistic needs.
Deby Date 7/10/2013
I am so happy that I found this group. It has been a great motivating and supporting group. I am where I am in my jewellery as a result of the wonderful encouragement by the members of this group. I clicked "like" as a stranger and was immediately made to feel like family to a great number of beaders across the world. I just love my bead family on Auntie's Bead chat. muahhh.
Mary Ann Smoot Date 7/10/2013
Love Bead chat, it's always fun and inspiring to see what everyone is doing and "talking" about. It's a great place for advise if you are having a problem, and great feedback when you are unsure of a design. Wonderful encouragement when you post a picture of your latest work.
Thanks again for starting this Facebook group.
Ginger Gonzalez Date 7/10/2013
It is the first place I check when I open Facebook every day. I am excited to see and be inspired by all of the awesome eye candy made by our chat members.
I have made some friends and learned new things and best of all I have been able to help some new beaders.
Thank you Auntie's for giving us a great place to hang out with other enthusiastic beadaholics...
Lesley Grant Date 7/10/2013
I have only been in the group for a couple of weeks, and new at beading, so I haven't actually posted yet, but my first impression was one of mutual encouragement, kindness and positivism. I love the way members support one another, and it is clear that many members draw personal strength and comfort from the group way beyond beading. I think that is wonderful and I am glad I found you all.
Caron Date 7/10/2013
I'm proud to be a member of Bead Chat! I've met soooo many increadible artisans and seen such awesome demonstrations of craftsmanship...something for me to strive for. I've tried different stitches and patterns that I thought would be too difficult and was able to achieve them, thanks to the encouragement of the beaders in this group.
Thanks Auntie's Bead for fostering this environment of learning and networking
Karla Schafer Date 7/10/2013
Nicely said Adam! We love our Bead Chatters and I have been so inspired by them all! I am in awe of most of them and am constantly striving to learn more just because of all the delicious things you all bring to the table!
Marijo Date 7/10/2013
I love being a part of this group, it is very inspiring to see what others are doing, whenever I post a picture, I love the feedback, and of course any help is greatly appreciated too! I have only been making jewelry for 3 months, and have learned so much from all these wonderful people here! Thanks Auntie's Beads for allowing all of us to come together and support each other!
Connie Shivers Date 7/10/2013
I too am fairly new to the group but I have been amazed at the welcome I've received. I love seeing all the beautiful workmanship and love the tips. I look forward to a long association with this group. BEAD ON!
Sheila Brady Date 7/10/2013
I have been a member of this group for while. I check everyday to see who has posted their creations. Just being of part of this group has inspired me more than I can say. I forget that some of these friends are half way around the world. Thank you for this chat. Karla I learned so much from you. Thank you all! Happy beading you are a all so talented!
Annmarie Middleton Date 7/10/2013
I started beading about 8 months ago. A couple months later I came across Auntie's Beads, made a purchase and noticed they had a forum/group. I decided to join and haven't looked back since. In fact, it's one of the best things I could have done for myself and my beading hobby/career. What a marvelous collection of supportive, creative, respectful and inspiring group women we have in this group!!! I am so glad, and humbled, to be a mere little part of this group! Thank you Auntie's Beads fo
Annmarie Middleton Date 7/10/2013
LOL, I guess I'm too long winded. Thank you Auntie's Beads for giving us a place to come together as a community where we can inspire, teach and support each other in our own beading endeavors!
Angie Henderson Date 7/10/2013
I love Aunties Bead Chat on Facebook. It's the highlight of my day! There are so many talented individuals to interact with. And I have a huge girl crush on Karla because she makes me look uber talented when I show off my creations that she has cyber-helped me to create :)Love all of you guys who make Awesome Auntie's Beads possible.
Linda Aliogo Date 7/12/2013
This has been a very heart warming experience and as an African from Nigeria, I have come to be inspired by other talented members and I've even made some friends along the way. Kudos to Aunties Beads for creating such a wonderful group!
Nikki Van Lare Date 7/12/2013
I was one of the first 100 beaders in the Aunties beads chat group..I have met a lot of new friends, developed some amazing friendships and have had the great pleasure to see this group grow to over 1000 incredibly talented beaders and LOVE sharing my insights with the beaders who are just getting started!! Before I got the invite to Aunties chat group, was %100 self taught and was proud of it until I learned about you tube tuts, bead weave patterns, wire wrapping!! And because of all that i ha
Nikki Van Lare Date 7/12/2013
(cont'd) have learned I am now called by you all a very diverse designer, I have you all and Aunties Beads to thank for that so I thank you all from the bottom of my heart!!! God bless you all!!! <3 <3 And Happy beading!!! We should come up with a date and label it Bead Day!!! <3 <3 XOXOXO
Patti Hasbrouck Date 7/12/2013
Bead Chat is the most supportive, encouraging, and friendly place I've found on Facebook for a group of such diverse artists and artisans. I joined maybe a year ago just starting out beading, and everyone helped me understand things, encouraged me, and I was (and still am) inspired by everyone's work. Thank you, Auntie's Beads!!! <3 xoxo
RaMona W Date 7/13/2013
BeadChat has truly been an encouraging, educational place where I have made great friends who share a love of beads. It's one of the first groups I recommend to other beaders or anyone who wants to start beading. <3
Corinne Johnson Date 7/14/2013
I just love the Bead chat. It is the first place I go when I turn on my computer.I love to see all the talent and chat with you girls from all over the world.It is the best club to be in <3
Patricia Attridge Date 7/14/2013
I love being in the group. I have learned so much here and made new friends. I was relatively new to jewelry making when I joined and had many questions which people answered gracefully. Everyone is encouraging for both seasoned jewelry makers and newbies alike. The pieces they post are amazing. I find myself checking the site several times a day. <3 <3
Laura Graham Date 7/15/2013
LOVE LOVE LOVE Bead chat! I have made life long friends from all around the world from there and the support and helpful people means so much! Thanks to Aunties for everything!
Linnea McCormack Date 7/15/2013
I received an invite to join this group and I am so happy I accepted the invitation. Everyone I've met so far have been so warm and welcoming. We all encourage one another and cheer one another on. Seeing what others are making in the beading world other than the well known designers is really a wonderful experience! I've gotten bit by the beading bug even more now and I am so excited to get some projects on my board ready to be created! Thank you all, especially Auntie's Beads for having t