Prolific Beading and Trusty Needles

Happy Friday! I have some amazing links to share with you:

How to Become a Prolific Beader– On her blog, The Beaded Carpet, Mikki Ferrugiaro wrote an informative post about being a productive, fast beader. She talks about how to read patterns quickly, why you should leave your bobbin attached, and her essential supplies. Her tips are wonderful!

Harikuyo-The Festival of Broken Needles– The festival takes place in Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples all over Japan on February 8th. I first learned about Harikuyo from Ralonda’s post as she reflected on honoring her supplies, and why she named her sewing machine Quasimodo. She linked to Susan’s gorgeous book of needles with felt pages for her various types of needles. The last page is embroidered with the words “Broken but not Forgotten” where she plans to store her broken needles for future festivals.

As a beader, I think it is a great idea to honor the needles that serve me so well. I named my trusty floor sweeper/mopper “George” and I love him so much since he allows me more beading time. So maybe I should name that trusty, bent-to-heck size 10 needle that has been with me for at least a year. How about good ‘ol Betsy? I think I like it!

What do you think? What will you name your needle? Would you enjoy more history of beading type posts? Please share with us in the comments!

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  • avatar Pam Chesbro February 15, 2011, 1:48 pm

    Such a romantic idea, saving broken needles! Although it appeals to me, I hoard enough stuff as it is. I think I will keep honoring mine with a solemn goodbye. Great idea keeping stringing thread on the bobbins!

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth February 16, 2011, 7:42 am

    I think maybe I could save them in a special beaded needlecase, but when I will ever have time for that project is yet to be determined, hehe. I have not tried leaving the bobbin attached, but I should ATLEAST try it because it could be some revolutionary thing for me and I don’t know it yet. Thanks for commenting, Pam!

  • avatar Mandy February 28, 2011, 7:20 am

    Great post, havent’ read the articles yet but will! Any tips, techiques or insights you can give us Mandi are greatly appreciated!

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