I really enjoyed the class I did with the Bead Hold. It was organised by the Auckland Embroiderer's Guild - thank you Robyn.
We started by making a bead out of beads for the top. That's on a par with cutting up fabric to join it together to make a quilt. There are some definite possibilities there for making some special beads to include in a necklace. So I made a couple more beads to see how they would go.
They may not look much to you, but at an hour a piece, that was a night's work. I think they look quite cute. You may see them on necklace on my website some time.
If you want more info on these, please feel free to leave a comment and I will get back to you.