Someone I know asked for SCAdians (SCA-people) to make beads for her daughter’s 18th birthday. I believe the results were strung up like Viking beads on a dress. Knowing the daughter, I really wanted to make something for her. My problem: I don’t do anything with beads. It’s one of the few crafts I am not interested in learning (making lace and beading: I think they are really cool, but just not my aesthetic).
My solution: I stitched a leather bead together! I apologize for the poor quality of the pictures (and the leather dye all over my hands!), but I didn’t notice how blurry they were until I’d already given away the bead. I’m quite pleased with the results.