There are lots of ways to keep your beading thread tangle-free, but eventually every beader encounters a seemingly impossible knot. Keep today’s tip to use a beading awl in mind next time you’re faced with a knotted mess!Most beaders’ first instinct with a knot is to try untangling it with their fingernails. If that fails, the next step is to pick the knot apart with a needle. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve accidentally poked myself or broken a needle doing this. Using the right tool for a task makes all the difference! A beading awl has a fine, sharp tip that’s easy to work into tight knots. More importantly it has a handle, so it’s easy to hold and safely maneuver while maintaining a good grip. The toughest knot is no match for a beading awl!