When having a rest from doing parchment I often do stitching or stitch and beadwork on card. There are some beautiful designs around and they are mostly inexpensive downloads so it is easy and quick to find a suitable pattern. You just need to keep a few beads in your stash and some good cottons. But like all crafters I don't know the meaning of the words 'a few'. Boxes of beads would be more honest. The card above is a downloaded pattern worked with a mixture of plain and metallic threads. The butterfly background is from Joanna Sheen's 'Elegant Fans' CD.