the joy of rediscovery

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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.

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12 thoughts on “the joy of rediscovery

  1. The daisy right? ROFL Love your stick person holding the bouquet! I know that one is definitely your’s! LOL

    Gosh haven’t seen those beads in ages! Hope she had a fun b’day!!

  2. These Perler Beads are definitely something that can only be found in your part of the world. I’ve never seen them before, but I can imagine the fun!

  3. Max really enjoys these bead things … I honestly had never noticed the similarity to stitching (duh!). I’d held off on buying any for the younger kids because of the mess-factor, but … Hmmm. You’ve caused me to reconsider!

  4. I loved those perler bead thingies when I was a kid! Ah, Memories. I think we might still have one of my original coasters somewhere about the house.

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