[Video] Tip for Threading Beading Needles

In this video, I show a tip for threading your beading needles more easily. The trick is to bring the needle to the thread instead of trying to put the thread through the eye of the needle.

I mostly want you to see how I hold the materials in my hands. Left hand: I really pinch the bit of thread between my thumb and index finger to where only a tiny bit is showing. Right hand: I roll the needle between my thumb and index finger until the eye is in the East-West position. My forearms are braced on the table, and my hands are supporting each other to minimize shaking. Then, I just slide the needle onto the thread.

This method works so well for me that I can do it in a moving car on the first try!

What do you think? Does this method work for you? Have you developed your own way to thread a needle? Please share with us in the comments!

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  • avatar Leslee March 12, 2010, 8:29 pm

    I think you did a terrific job! I expect you to be the next rising star in the beading world by being an international teacher. I can say I knew you when! Keep up the great job that you are doing! You are an inspiration to all of us beaders out there!

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth March 12, 2010, 9:02 pm

    Leslee, thank you so much for your comment! That one means a lot to me. I wouldn’t be able to do all this without the support and encouragement from my beady friends : )

  • avatar Ralonda March 13, 2010, 7:16 am

    It was a great tutorial, one suggestion that would make it more visible, use a contrasting matte or thread. That is, black matte, white thread or black thread, white matte.
    You ARE teaching nationally right now!!!
    Love that blue top too!

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth March 13, 2010, 4:16 pm

    Thanks for the comment, Ralonda! It was easy to get lighting thru the window for my face, but not so much when shooting the video straight down on my worktable. I think I will sit on the bed right in front of the window for those shots in the future.

  • avatar Megs March 13, 2010, 4:32 pm

    You did an awesome job with this video. I guess I should start beading now :)

  • avatar Meghan March 13, 2010, 4:51 pm

    great tutorial! including written tips on the post as well as the video is perfect for different learning types — way to go! looking forward to more.

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth March 13, 2010, 5:10 pm

    @Megs I hope to have some cool beginner projects for you to try soon 😉

    @Meghan It was really fun, and I’m excited to make more videos for the blog!

  • avatar Barbara Hedrick March 13, 2010, 6:42 pm

    Loved the video, great job explaining. Very cool.

  • avatar Jean Kievlan March 14, 2010, 8:19 am

    Can’t believe this was your first video tutorial, GREAT job! Perfectly done! Can’t wait to see more from you.

  • avatar Ricardo Hernandez March 16, 2010, 12:04 pm

    Hey Mandi, great job!

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth March 26, 2010, 6:46 pm

    Thanks everyone!

  • avatar Barbara May 30, 2010, 4:11 pm

    Hi, Mandi, Just watch your video threading neeedles I have also been threading this way for some time, if you beeswax the thread first it is a great help, it stops the thread from fraying out. Have a lovely day Barbara.

  • avatar Shirley February 26, 2011, 5:23 pm

    I will try the way you did it in your video.
    Thanks; Shirley

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