I don't know why I got the urge to make beaded beads, I was just drawn to the idea. I know that I started beading, to prevent myself from learning to knit! I really wanted to learn to knit, but at the time my local yarn shop was owned by someone who was wanting to be rid of her business, and was completely uninterested in setting me on the knitting path...........That's all changed now, because she sold the shop to Eileen, who has transformed it from a forlorn place, into a wonderful shop with an ever-increasing stock of lovely yarns, and the place people go on a Wednesday evening to knit, crochet, and have a good natter, accompanied by tea and biscuits. I don't think I realised just how addicted I would become to the beading......... it was those colours! Just looking at a selection of beads was enough to make me drool and throw financial considerations to the wind. If I'm learning a new craft, my first port of call will be a bookshop. Gathering, gathering, gathering......... information. I slowly taught myself through instructions I found in those books. I just wish The Art of Beaded Beads had been published when I first started beading, because if there was one book I would recommend, it would be this one, there is some extraordinary sharing of information in this book. I have to admit, my technique was never 'perfected', that wasn't through lack of enthusiasm, it's just that I wanted to experiment, and do my own thing........... as in the necklace I showed you last Friday. While I admire those perfectionists, whose beading is a triumph of technique, enormously, (infact, I'm in awe of them), I'm too preoccupied with doing things that aren't really in the rule book. Ideally, I would combine my approach, with perfect technique, so there's a challenge for me! Some other books I'd recommend are The best Little Beading Book, this has good basic instructions. Creative beading is a charming, inspiring book, with instructions for some lovely things to make.