I know many of my readers are intermediate to advanced beaders, but I want to have some more posts on the basics so we can
corrupt invite beginners into our community and help them get started.
- Project Box– Helps keep you organized and its portable if you want to take your projects with you. I prefer Snap ‘N Stack.
- Beads– Many basic projects can be completed using only size 11 seed beads. I have several free projects using a variety of beads that are suitable for beginners.
- Needles– Most of mine are size 10 or 12, and I’m not too picky on the brand. Size 12 has a bigger eye, and a good size to start with. I forgot to mention Tulip needles, which are stronger and don’t bend as easily. Those are great if you use them before you lose them.
- Thread– experiment and figure out what you like best. I prefer One G or K.O. but many beaders I know like Fireline. It’s a fishing line that is carried at sporting good stores and bead shops. I think 6lb clear would be a good choice to start with.
- Scissors– Sharp scissors are essential for thread, but grab a pair of cheap, kid-friendly scissors for Fireline.
- Scoop– I was beading for years and years before I discovered this! Really does make clean up a snap.
- Pen– For writing notes on your instructions, or sketches for ideas. I always have sticky notes or a sketch pad around, but any napkin will do. To make your own beaded pen like in the video, sign up for my email newsletter, and download the free Beaded pens eBook.
- Bead Mat– I use to put my beads in little dishes, but the bead mat keeps them from rolling all over the place. The case I referred to in the video is called a Design Save ‘N Go and you can check out my review on them here.
- Good Lighting– Essential to reduce eye strain and keep you beading longer and more comfortably. I love my Ott light! When you are choosing beads for your project, you want to look at them in good light to really see if you like how the colors play together.
Aside from the Ott light and the projects box, I can find everything at my local bead store. I would encourage you to choose your LBS first because they can also share their wealth of knowledge as you learn.
What do you think? What do you think of my list? Is there anything you would add? Please share with us in the comments below. I read and appreciate each one!