I've just begun stringing bead necklaces and it's a lot of fun. One of DIL's is a jewelry maker--The Woven Bead is the name of her business--and I don't think I'll ever be in her league.
The stringing is easy, it's the design that takes the thought. I've only made two necklaces and one pair of earrings so far. But I've already spent $50 to do it, mostly on tools and findings, so the overall cost should go down as that cost gets spread out over more product. I'm thinking of Christmas gifts if this works out.
Have any of you taken up this hobby? Do you have a particular style that works well for you? Are there pattern books available that you would recommend? Any help or advice will be welcome.