2 More Needle and Thread Tips

My completed Carousel bracelet designed by Marcia DeCoster

This past weekend I finished “Carousel” that I started in Marcia DeCoster’s class at Beading by the Bay. I love wearing it and watching the crystals throw off light, hehe. I was working on it in one of my favorite spaces to bead and chat: the stellar craft room of my friends Lexi and Karen. I tried a delicious new exfoliating scrub and picked up two more beady tips to share with you!

  • Thread the end that comes off the spool first– This has to do with the way the thread is made and twisted together. If you thread the opposite end first, your needle will scrape against the “barbs” and weaken it before you even get started.

  • One side of the needle is “cupped” to help guide the thread through– I can’t believe I never noticed the curve before! It makes sense though because whenever one side doesn’t “work” for me, I roll thee needle between my fingers and try threading through the other side.

In other news my friend Ralonda will be teaching her new design, Waves of Grace, at Bead Fest Texas! The design features Swarovski buttons and her class time is Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 8:30 AM-11:30 AM. I will be assisting her, and we would love to see you there!

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  • avatar Deci Worland May 6, 2011, 6:05 am

    Great! Thanks for the tips, I never saw that curve before.

  • avatar Barb May 9, 2011, 4:12 pm

    a lot of people wet the end of the thread using their mouth but I was told to wet the eye of the needle instead.

  • avatar Pam Chesbro May 10, 2011, 5:25 am

    Never noticed the “cup” on the needle. Thanks for passing this info along!

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth May 10, 2011, 10:34 am

    Thanks for commenting, ladies! No matter how much I know about beading, I think its awesome that I can still keep learning new things. : )

  • avatar One Second Needle May 23, 2011, 10:09 am

    Lovely bracelet. Thanks for writing how to properly thread this by using the side that comes off the spool. Helpful post.

  • avatar Marcia May 24, 2011, 7:17 am

    Nice job Mandi and a beautiful write up of your beading by the bay experience. Love the photos you took!

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth May 25, 2011, 7:08 pm

    Thanks, Marcia :)

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