Yesterday was my daughter’s birthday and one of her gifts was a gob of Perler bead things. Last night we put on her new High School Musical Soundtrack, sat down at the kitchen table and got busy beading. Here’s a pic of two things we made… I’m betting you can tell which one is mine ;)
Man, I used to love Perler beads when I was young. Perhaps a precursor to my grown up stitching fetish? The Perler patterns are similar to counted cross stitch patterns, only you place a bead instead of a stitch. The pegboards were all small in the early 70’s, but now they have larger boards that are connectable for making even bigger things. (I can totally see myself doing a sampler in beads.) Of course I had to research modern day Perler bead crafts, and found this Flickr photoset, the current issue of Adorn Magazine (which features a Perler project on the cover), and some things for sale on Etsy.
Also pictured is my start on LK’s Blessings of Christmas. I had planned to do all twelve on metallic Lugana (Mushroom & Gold) but I couldn’t see to stitch very well. The gold thread causes a sparkly reflection and covers the holes of the fabric. I’ve decided to quit before I invest any more time into this project because stitching is supposed to be fun, right? I think I’ll start over on regular Lugana instead. Or maybe just do them in Perler beads.