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Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Needle in a Haystack....

Or a bunch of needles on a magnet...

I finished the carrying case for the beads a few days ago. I even found a single earring from the eighties that matches... Then I decided that I needed to stock it with needed supplies...

I had everything in it but the needles and I realized that, I didn't know where they were...

I have  been looking for them for a month or so now.

I tore the beadwork shelves in the workroom apart.  Still no needles...

I then decided that I needed a ruler in the case.  I started looking through my stash of rulers.  I found this magnetic one and thought that it might come in handy...

Then I turned it over...and started laughing... Mystery solved!  I have no idea how they managed to get there, but about every beading needle that I own was stuck to the back of that ruler...

That's when I decided that I needed a new needle case for the beading needles.

So... I started this yesterday...  I am using as many of my hex beads as I can.  The silly things got away from me and wound up in a bead soup pile.

This is a  way to sort and use at the same time.  I am not a fan of hex beads.  They are sharp and easily cut thread if they aren't handled with care...

So... I am going to use as many as I can and then the rest will go into a plastic bag and be put in the official, larger bead soup jar...

And the magnetic ruler? It is going somewhere safe.  A place where my needles can't find it.

Back to work.

See you tomorrow with more Time Machine news.

4 comments:

Lucille said...

The bag looks very nice. Glad you finally found your needles! I think you are so very patient to work with such small beads!

Saturday Sequins said...

Casey, have you ever tried Fireline for beading? I switched to it from Nymo a few years back, and it's great for those sharp little hex beads. I use the 8 lb test for freeform peyote beadweaving and for bead embroidery.

I like the needle case so far! I have a tiny wooden coffin for my broken needles and an Altoids tin for the good ones -- which is nowhere near as pretty.

-- Sarah the crazy bead and doll lady.

Caseymini said...

Sarah, yes I have tried fireline. I am not a fan. The stuff that I am using is sone that I bought at the gem and mineral show here last year. I wish I knew what it is. It's not Nymo. Similar, but stronger. I am going to gave to see if I can find the same dealer this year....out of the hundreds of dealers that hit Tucson every January... It's great having the world's largest gem and mineral show + beads every year, but try finding the same thing twice in all of the madness!

Saturday Sequins said...

You go to the Tucson show?! Oh, you're so lucky! I've always wanted to go, but being in the Midwest, I've just gone to the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee -- which is great, of course, but definitely smaller. And there are no cacti, which is a disappointment.

(Also, there is no Bookmans in Milwaukee. I miss Bookmans!)

I wonder if the stuff you use is Superlon or Toho One G? Those are two Nymo-ish types of thread that my beady mentor, Karen Williams, swears by. I haven't tried either of these. Beyond Beadery, my favorite place, sells One G, though. I might try it if I get tired of black Fireline stuff under my nails. ;)