Archive for the ‘Beading’ Category

Organize Your Beads

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

“Where are my Miyuki 310 black matte beads?!!”

It was 4 AM on a Sunday morning, and I’d been beading all night. Now, I was looking for some matte black delicas to finish a project. Where were they?!! I couldn’t find them anywhere. They had to be there somewhere!

Well, I turned the house upside down, and when my husband John came home from a field exercise, he found me in tears with little bags of beads all over the living room. He had been in the desert for two weeks and came home filthy and exhausted. That great man was so calm and understanding. All he did was wrap me in his arms and start to laugh.

Here we were. We could face instantaneous deployments, long overseas separations, change-of-station orders telling us we had to move with a week’s notice – all faced with a calm demeanor – yet here I was crying because I couldn’t find the beads I wanted. We held on to one another till I couldn’t cry anymore and had to start laughing, too.

That was the day the spreadsheets began. (more…)

Beginning Beading Video – Classic Knotted Silk Pearl Necklace

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

If you’ve never made a classic knotted silk pearl necklace, you’re in luck. We have a how-to video you can watch anytime that is like a Beading 101 class. It’s short and sweet, and you can watch it as many times as you need to complete your first masterpiece.

You’ll need: (more…)

A Cup of Thread

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

I work primarily with seed beads and go through a lot of thread. Now I get thread on big spools, but for a while I had trouble with the thread getting tangled every time I pulled a length of thread. Then one day a friend said I should put the spool upside down in a coffee cup and draw the thread from the bottom of the spool. What?!! That sounds crazy! I tried it, and it works really well.

Cup of Thread beading tip

Drop your thread down through the spool with a bit to spare. Place the spool upside down in a cup and draw the thread out through the base of the spool. The weight of the spool will keep the thread from unraveling. I also like to keep a pair of scissors in the cup, so it’s always ready to use. These pink scissors were a garage sale find long ago and are my favorites.

by Beverly

Bead Inventory: “Oops, I Already Have These Beads!”

Monday, June 4th, 2012

We who love to bead often have jars, tubes, strings, hanks and packets of beads tucked hither and yon to have on hand when inspiration strikes. But how do we keep track of so many different beads?

Organize Seed Beads in DrawersToo often I used to come home from the bead store, excited by my new purchases, only to find that I’d bought beads I already had stashed in some forgotten nook.

So I bought a number of good-sized plastic drawers and filled each one with a different color of seed bead. This has helped tremendously. Now all of my seed beads are in some sort of order. If I need olive green size 15/0 beads, I can rifle through the “Green” drawer until I find what I need. If it’s not there, then I am fairly certain I can go out and buy it without duplicating what I already have. I store all of my seed beads in tubes of all different sizes – many of them recycled. I know some beaders like to keep their bead stash in more uniform receptacles of the same size and shape.

I store Czech glass beads in divided plastic boxes – flowers and leaves in one box, other shapes in another. I don’t bother dividing these by color, since they are fairly easy to keep separated in their little compartments. Since I use Czech glass flowers and leaves in much of my free-form bead embroidery, I like to keep a small plastic bag of them along with a few charms in my bead kit. I take my kit with me to Harlequin’s Bead Circle and my booth at the Eugene Saturday Market, so I always have a ready project to work on. (more…)

Sheila Can See the Itty-bittiest Beads

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

We’ve all been reminded at one time or another that having the proper tools for any task will save us time and frustration. This is especially sound advice for beaders. The less we have to strain, the more we can enjoy the pure pleasure of our craft. Seed beaders, are you with me?

Sheila and her Head Loupe visor with magnifying lenses

Meet Sheila from Harlequin’s Beading Circle, a group of local beaders who gather on Tuesday afternoons to work on their latest beading projects. The regulars share good conversation, helpful insights and tasty treats with each other. It’s free, and anyone is welcome to attend. Sheila joined the fun about three years ago.

I dropped in on the Beading Circle for the first time yesterday, and (more…)

Scissors Substitute for Airplane Travel

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Another useful tool in your travel kit that is airline approved is a cuticle trimmer. This scissors substitute has a recessed blade on one end, making this makeshift tool just right for cutting thread. When you are looking for a specific bead in your pile, the cuticle pusher on the other end works well for sorting through beads.

by Beverly

Have Beads, Will Travel

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

The nice things about bead addiction are that it is not immoral, illegal or fattening. Beads are compact and portable. In fact, they may have been the first non-perishable wearable ornaments ever created.

Keep your bead projects portable with a handy kit of beading basics. (more…)

How to Cut Beading Thread on Airplanes without Scissors

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

These days, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) gets upset when you want to carry scissors on to airplanes. They are funny that way.

So how will you cut your beading thread without scissors? Simply put your spool of Nymo in a dental floss container, and use the cutting edge. This will make both you and the security staff happy. In fact, if the floss container is large enough, you can get two spools in there and have a choice of thread colors.

by Beverly