Meet Rajah, my beaded tiger. I started on him in a class, beaded more at a bead retreat, and spent 2 days beading more this past weekend. I am just now finished with his face! This was the first project I have done using a curved needle, and I wanted to share what I’ve learned.
3 Quick Tips for Using Curved Needles
- Uneven Surfaces– It was essential to use a curved needle on the contours of the face, and I found it easier to bead on tight uneven areas. On the back of his head where it is more flat, I used a straight short needle. Use what works best.
- Practice Makes Perfect– To be perfectly honest, I completely sucked at using a curved needle when I first started this project. I sucked because I wasn’t used to how it works. You definitely get a feel for it by just using it a lot.
- Control Pressure and Stitch Depth– We each got 2 curved needles for the class, and I snapped both of them in the first 2 hours! The trick is create a stitch that is not too deep into the object you’re beading. When your stitch is more shallow, it is easier for the needle to come up where you want without adding extra pressure.
Where to Purchase
Curved beading needles can be hard to find sometimes, so I want to share my supplier with you: Kandra’s Beads.
What do you think? Do you have any experience using curved beading needles? Are they something you want to try out? Please share with us in the comments!