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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Beadwork

Over the last year I have been drawn more and more to work with beads. I love to make necklaces and also bead embroidery, but at my age threading that very fine needle is getting to be a pain in the you know what. Then I heard about a needle where the whole needle is the eye, wow that sounded great. So on my last shopping trip I stopped by at Michaels Arts & Craft store and bought a set of 4 'big eye beading needles. The picture to the right is off the internet, the needles I bought are from www.beadalon.com. I haven't gotten around to try them out yet, as I first have to come up with a design to work on. I did a quick test to see if I could use it for bead embroidery and the needle went through the fabric very nicely. Now what design shall I use?

The pendant to the left is made over ¼" metal washer. Check out my other washer pendants.

Always on the lookout for more different beads, I found that hair scrunchies at the dollar store often had beads on them. The price was right, so I bought some to try. I took the scrunchies apart and then strung the green beads mixed with glass seed beads to create this lovely necklace. My mom liked the pink version so much that I gave it to her as a present.

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