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Crafting in the face of COVID-19 and Stage 4 restrictions

Whilst we wait patiently in Melbourne for the lifting of the Stage 4 restrictions as a result of COVID-19 and the worldwide pandemic, it has had some very positive outcomes for On A String.

Beading in isolation has required me to think creatively about connecting to fellow beaders. Whilst we’ve been used to meeting in person, both at home and through beading events, this pandemic has caused beaders to look for new ways to connect and learn.

It has borne a whole range of online workshops and new beading tutorials, which have helped to craft whilst at staying home.

Zoom workshops for crafting during COVID-19

It’s been fabulous to schedule a whole of new workshops, using the space to share creativity and connect with beaders from all over the world. Using the power of technology, a simple phone camera and laptop, I’ve been teaching new designs and have loved having students from far and near join in. Working in partnership with Banjo’s Bead House to provide kits to potential students has meant that people have been able to access new beads as they need them for the On A String projects, all delivered to their door!

 

What can you make at home?

Beading a new pair of earrings is a fun activity to do at home, whilst you’re on lockdown – or any other time. Earrings help make your Zoom meetings shine and when you can say ‘I made them myself’ you get a little boost out of being productive during your stay at home phase. Our little Glass Flower Earrings are a great way to feature a glass component, some simple bead fringing and a big earring hook – your very own handmade ‘statement earring’.

 

The On A String range

The other beauty of being locked down at home has been the opportunity to create some fun new pieces for the On A String range. Just recently, I demonstrated using ‘found objects’ in beadwork through a Facebook Live demonstration, where I used vintage chandelier parts in creating a classy pendant and earrings. These are now available, and you can see them here.

Purchasing from On A String

Whilst seeing pieces in person at a market or event is off the cards for the moment, you can take comfort in knowing that purchasing through On A String means your items will be delivered by tracked postage options, including regular post and express shipping. And, if you need a gift sent directly to a friend or relative, this is the perfect place to get your shopping done. Online, and with the ease of checkout, you just need to ‘add to cart’. Gift wrapping and card are available too, making it easy for you to shop online during the lockdown period.

In the meantime

While I’m waiting for the day that I can leave my suburb and start venturing back into the world, I’m continually learning and creating each day. I’ve loved spending the quality time to store and sort my beads, layout new designs on my bead boards and learn new ways to create illustrations for tutorials! That one is a work in progress.

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