My friend Gladys Glass operates the Woodstock Trading Company with her son Seth and husband Harvey. Woodstock specializes in vintage one-of-a-kind Rock ‘n Roll memorabilia. and Rock ‘n Roll oriented gifts, clothing, incense, posters and novelties. (Their store is closed because of the Coronavirus, but you can shop on line. They ship anywhere in the US. )
Until the coronavirus stopped all that. It’s been hard not just for business, but also because of the loss of social interaction that people really need.
Gladys was recently commiserating with her friend Suzanne about how difficult the isolation and social distancing can be, and suggested the idea of stringing beads of “hope” to mark the days in isolation. She thought that sharing the beaded creations with like-minded people would be a good way to stay connected. A few days later, Suzanne called Gladys back to tell her she and her friend Galen had created a web site so people could do just that. It’s called Safe-String.Com.
Safe-String.com is a free site whose purpose is to help its users “navigate stress, panic, raw nerves, uncertainty, and loss during one of the most challenging episodes in human history.” And it uses beads to connect people to one another.
The Safe-String.com site offers a forum where its users can share their creations and ideas. The forum topics are not limited to beading. One asks, “What expectations of normal are you letting go of today?” Another asks, “Who have you checked in on today?”
If you are interested in joining the forums but need beads, you can buy a kit from Woodstock which contains 31 random beads, spacers, string, and ending finial as an ornamental bead stopper. Also included as a bonus is a hand-painted card, gift bag, and instructions.
But you don’t need to buy a thing to participate in safe-string.com or to join the forums. You can make beads from cloth. You can make beads from paper and old magazines. And you can string anything with a hole it it.
Stay well and keep washing those hands.