My beadplay has continued, with intermittant meditatations on how my version of beadplay relates to what my best blockplay is for me.
I've mostly been doing small bead blocks based on quilt blocks, crochet blocks, beadwork, needlepoint, etc.
But the other day I ran across an interesting book:
American Indian Designs for Needlepoint Rugs. Other books have similar designs, but in this one, they are very close to actual size for Perler beads or Hama beads.
That means you can just place Perler's large trasparent boards over the color designs, and work directly, just like the Chicken Socks Melty Beads book, the Hama Maxi sets, or some Perler sets.
My first project from the book, on two linked Perler boards, is in the photo. (I wanted to use up some Ikea beads, which also meant I had to do some color substitution.)
Pretty nifty fun, and for me at least, a form of block play.