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Memory Beads: A Lasting Legacy

Today I interviewed a lovely woman named Fran for an upcoming newspaper column. We had a great visit during which she showed me two paper bead necklaces her mother made “years and years” ago. Fran said her mother called them memory beads because she would often take wrapping paper home from family events and make beads out of the paper and then give them back to guest of honor. I LOVE this idea and will be making some memory beads after the next family gift exchange.

What a joy it was to meet a kindred spirit today and learn about Fran’s crafting history, a rich experience that predates the start of mine by more than 40 years.

Do you have any craft traditions in your family? Please do share.

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Comment from Deb
Time: June 20, 2010, 11:48 am

Oh my gosh, Jennifer – there are still aprons not sold! People, step up! I bought mine right away. Please, please, support this cause……..
love the beads, btw.

Comment from Diane
Time: June 21, 2010, 4:51 pm

My Mother used to teach jewelry beading at a Senior Citizen center. She’d buy all the beads (“pearls”), string, needles, instructions, etc. and teach the ladies how to make all kinds of pretty necklaces. Unfortunately, they used to steal the beads from her and made her cry, so she stopped doing it.

She taught me how to make the necklaces and over the years I’ve made lots from her original patterns. Last year, I gave my niece a beading kit to make jewelry for her friends for Christmas, since she didn’t have a lot of money.

Now she’s beading too!

Comment from Emily Lindberg
Time: June 23, 2010, 3:00 am

I’ve seen this project done before, but this necklace is exceptionally beautiful! I’ve got a bunch of magazines and some glue. You’ve officially inspired me to try this!

Comment from Deb
Time: June 28, 2010, 10:38 pm

I saw a video tutorial for making these on the club scrap web site, and then later found out all my girlfriends made them at summer camp when they were younger! Now I find out that they’re even older. They are really quite fun to make and lovely when they’re done.

Comment from turtle
Time: July 1, 2010, 2:40 pm

haven’t made these in years, but how lovely!

Comment from Charlotte
Time: July 4, 2010, 2:42 pm

That’s awesome! We didn’t have such traditions in the family, but I remember we used to make beads from bread balls which we painted in various colours. It’s so nice to remember those childhood years!

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