Tuesday Tips and Tricks: Needling the Thread

Choosing the best tools and products to use while working on a project is no laughing matter. With so many choices to choose from, knowing what will work best for you can be overwhelming!

Doing a little research can be a great place to start before buying materials. Checking out blogs (like ours *hint hint*) or asking your fellow beaders what products they might recommend can ease that anxiety over which products to use.

Most recently, I tried my hand at peyote stitch for the very first time. The tools and products I needed I had never used before! I had no idea where to start, but with helpful advice from my co-workers I ended up with my beading mat, a few grams of bright and charming size 11 Delica seed beads, a spool of clear Fireline (size D or 6lb) thread, strong and springy Tulip Needles , and a little pair of beading scissors. Once I had acquired all my materials I was ready to settle down and get started on my stitches!

A really awesome tip that a friend passed on to me was to needle my thread instead of thread my needle. Fireline or any small thread can be an irksome task to pass through a needle. By placing the tip of the thread in between my thumb and forefinger, I can then press the eye of the needle through the thread tip. Tulip Needles are really great for the trick of needling your thread because of its golden eye. The gold metal makes it a little easier to see when you are passing thread through the small opening.

On one last note, you may find it difficult to needle your thread because the thread is too round for your needle’s eye, an easy fix is to use chain nose pliers to flatten the end of your thread. This little trick works only for Fireline and Wildfire, but the flattening of the thread will make the otherwise round material flat and will then easily slide through the eye of your needle.

Before I sign off I would like to share a few Inspiration Projects that use peyote stitch, a technique I’m currently obsessed with!

Opal Stripes Bracelet Inspiration Project

Desert Oasis Bracelet Inspiration Project

Pond Ripple Bracelet Inspiration Project

 

Thank you for tuning in to this week’s Tips & Tricks!

Happy Beading!

-Zoe

3 comments to Tuesday Tips and Tricks: Needling the Thread

  • Rima Phillips

    Here’s a tip. Use a QuickStart Peyote card. Makes starting peyote so much easier. I think you stock them there.

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