Friday, September 19, 2008

Favorite beading items

I thought it would be a good idea to list and describe some of my favorite things that I use in my beading. This will give you a better understanding of my approach to projects and possibly give you an idea or two for yours. I will do this over a couple of posts, and who knows how many I will add.

Okay, in no particular order, here are some of my favorites;

1. Miyuki Delica seed beads! Size 11/0 in particular. I love the uniformity and the variety of color choices! LOVE LOVE LOVE

2. Gudebrod Kevlar thread. I love it for beading with Delica seed beads. It doesn't fray too much, it can be dyed (the lightest available color being yellow) and it's STRONG. I don't use it on every stitching project as it is harder to find than Nymo and other threads. You can find this fine thread at Fire Mountain (one of my favorite places to shop online for beads), Cabelas (fishing/hunting supplies online and in-store) and other fishing supply store, specifically for fly-tying. It comes in a variety of colors (red, black, yellow, orange, brown, etc) and some are harder to find than others. I find the best color is yellow and you can use Sharpie marker to dye the thread if you want.

3. John James size 12 beading needles in a variety of lenghts. The size 12 needle is perfect for stitching with size 11/0 Delicas.

4. Sharpie markers. I love them all. I don't use them too much with beading except in the first stages of designing a project. I love the ultra fine tip. The uses for Sharpie markers are unlimited.

Okay, that is all for tonight. We are having a pretty decent thunder storm here in Jax tonight and it makes it hard to concentrate.

1 comment:

Ilya said...

I like that shade of green. Perfect for some leafy designs.