For the past month, I have been recovering from eye surgery. After the first few days, I grew bored with my confinement and had to think of some way to entertain myself that did not violate these restrictions:
1) no bending over
2) no lifting over 5 pounds
3) limited light exposure
Needless to say, I was also hampered by the hazy 20/200 vision in the affected eye.
Then I thought what about those boxes of seed beads and books with luscious seed beads patterns that I had collected over the years before I realized that one could not make seed bead projects for profit.
So I was off! Making little peyote tubes into beaded bead earrings a la Kathy King like a maniac.
Then I gathered up the courage to try a simple project called Easy Big Sky Earrings in Artistic Seed Bead Jewelry by Maggie Roschyk. It was a little challenging at first because I had never done any stitch besides peyote, but soon I found brick stitch is not bad. I am a little hooked on these earrings even though they are way too "formal" for me and cannot be sold because I prefer to make minimum wage for my efforts. I still hope to have time to finish a coordinating necklace or two before I return to work, but I am currently stalled by learning to make embellished peyote toggles.
Someday I hope to master Right Angle Weave, but I think that is still a distance dream.