This morning, my newly organized bead box fell off the couch (where I shouldn’t have left it!) Luckily, only one box of pink beads exploded on impact! They had quite the trajectory. It reminded me of CSI (craft scene investigation!) Eighteen minutes was the time it took to contain the area!
Nancy Eha’s tip about sewing beads straight up and down through the fabric (90 degree angle) is a good one. It makes the beads, “sit on edge.”
Sewing through each bead twice for extra security is another of her good tips.
A number 9 “between” needle will fit through the tiny opening in a seed bead.
Long braided collapsible eye beading needles ARE NOT good for sewing beads to fabric. They are good for threading the tiny eye of a tiny #9 between needle.
YLI’s gold metallic thread does not shred and unravel like DMC.
I need something more than my finger to hold the “curl” of silk ribbon. I think a pencil or similar sized crochet hook might work well.
I got my pattern from this book, and if I had to give up all my craft books except one, this would be the one I’d keep: