Beading--the Creative Spirit: Finding Your Sacred Center Through the Art of Beadwork

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SkyLight Paths Pub., 2009 - Crafts & Hobbies - 225 pages
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Find Your Creative Self in the Kaleidoscope of Beads & Color

"Beading and my spiritual path are intricately interwoven. It would be difficult for me to separate the two because they are so completely intertwined with one another. As I sit and weave with my beads, I allow the Creative Spirit to flow through me, and though my hands are doing the work, another force is actively participating in the process. This force is a transmission of Spirit that fills me with deep inner peace and joy as I bead. As a result, the practice of my art form has become a creative path to my sacred center." from the Introduction

Believing that beading is a form of meditation through which we can access the Creative Spirit that is always present in us, master bead artist Rev. Wendy Ellsworth offers multiple ways to explore beading as a spiritual journey of self-discovery. Each of the seven chapters is rich with personal stories, exercises, and beading projects, and each project has a meditative experience to encourage a contemplative spirit and creative play. The project results are beautiful, meaningful symbols designed by a master bead artist for both novice and experienced beaders alike.

Original projects include:

Geometric Mandala Personal Mandala Personal Prayer Beads Beaded Prayer Pouch Goddess Archetype Necklace Beaded Stick Figure Goddess Chakra Necklace Chakra Flower Sculpture Free-form Gourd Stitch Bracelet Ruffled Cabochon Brooch Dutch Spiral Necklace Spiral Vessel Song Beads Herringbone Stitch Cuff with Freshwater Pearls"

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