Basic Bead Tutorial

If you’re on my facebook, you know I’ve been coping with chronic neck pain. I don’t want to be on heavy pain medications, but the pain gets unbearable at times and causes massive headaches. The pain meds leave me tired and groggy but the headaches leave me incapacitated and mot able to think. On my doctor’s advice, I tried an epidural for pain relief. It worked great for 2 weeks, and then the pain was back to normal.

I want to live! Live a full and productive life! I needed to figure out how to do this. One by one, I thought about what was wrong and have been trying to address them. I won’t go into all of it, but one thing that I noticed helped my neck pain was working on a torch to make lampwork beads.

Art CAN be therapeutic!!

I only learned how to do lampwork a bit over a year ago. My best friend evilly bought a complete lampwork kit from the widow of a very talented SCA artist. I say "evilly" because I really didn’t need another distraction. But, like with anything I learn, I do it with all I have.

In my attempt to understand it better, I made a tutorial to help with the basic bead. Hope it helps!

Go make some art!!
Esperanza de Navarra


What do I put my stuff in?

I’ve been obsessed with totes and bags for ages. I have an entire pinterest board ( my pinterest ) ( my pinterest page dedicated to totes) dedicated to nothing but tote-bags! In the SCA, at least in Gleann Abhann, I don’t see much of a practical bag in use, other than the “man-bag” that many a dude will carry court time refreshments in.

Bags are so useful! The bags I’m talking about are the kind with long thick straps that you can throw over your shoulder and carry a ton of stuff = modern day bo-ho bag. But are they period?

It’s a side adventure, but I want to start looking at useful period bags made of cloth. If you have any pics, post them in the comments. Between all of our combined skills and knowledge, we can bring the bag back to the Middle Ages!!


I’ll start. Found this guy in the “Triumph of Death” by the 16th century Flemish painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder. It makes sense. If you are running for your life from a bunch of bloodthirsty skeletons, you really need something practical to stick your stuff in.

To me, I see a nice cloth satchel, almost a “messenger bag,” ​with both and adjustable strap and a buckle flap. How awesome is this?!?!

Off to make some art.

Happy sewing!