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I really enjoy my handicraft sessions and I am sure that I am only one of many thousands who look forward to starting a new and exciting project. I much prefer to work using my imagination, I like to see where it will take me.
I have beaded many times, in fact years ago I used to bead some very elegant headbands for a local designer, the hourly rate left a lot to be desired but the satisfaction of knowing that you had created something of great beauty was enough in itself.
Many would imagine that you can bead using ordinary sewing needles and to some extent that is possible but some beads have tiny holes, there are long beads that nead careful threading and there are many beads that have holes that run on an angle.
This is where the beading needle comes in, the Beadsmith beading needles are quite different from the needles that you buy in the assorted packets.
A normal packet of Beadsmith needles contains just four needles, the needles range from size 10 up to size 13 and a pack of four needles will cost you in the region of £1.60p.
Not every drapers stock them, they are classed as a specialist needle so you may well have to scour the Internet and order on-line or pay a visit to your nearest craft store.
For those of you who have never encountered a beading needle I am going to try to explain what they are like and exactly how they work and why they are so essential to the craft.
For a start the Beadsmith beading needles are much longer than an ordinary sewing needle, they are far finer and if you have never used a beading needle before then you will need to practise using one.
You can buy many different types of beading thread including nylon, stain, rubber, silk, ribbon, rayon and cotton. You will need to choose the thread that you think is the right one for the type of beading that you are undertaking.
The beading needles come in sizes 10 - 16 and the eyes of the needle are the same width as the needle, this allows you to thread the needle through the centres of fine beads with ease.
The Beadsmith beading needles have fine eyes that can be harder to thread, I always need to wear my glasses to see the fine needle let alone the eye !
The fine needle will bend easily so it is important not to put any extra pressure on the needle as you thread it or it may break.
I prefer to use a clear nylon beading thread, it is suitable for both small and larger beads and it is strong enough to hold them in place.
When you have threaded your beading needle ( just use a shorter length of thread, it is far easier to work with ) then you can thread your bead onto the needle and attach it to your project.
The Beadsmith needle bends as you attach the bead to the fabric and that allows you to secure it successfully.
The fine gauge beading needles are very sharp and you will need to handle them with care, a mishap can end up with the needle puncturing your skin and that is sore !
I find that it is also easy to mislay the fine beading needles but I try to get into the habit of placing them on a large dark coloured pin cushion so that they are clearly visible.
Once you have gathered a few packets of beads and you have bought yourself a packet of Beadsmith beading needles then you are up and running. There are so many things that look beautiful when they are beaded, for example - bridal wear, headbands, purses, clothing - the list is endless.
Because the Beadsmith beading needles are extremely fine you can bead with the tiniest of seed pearls, bugle beads and they are perfect for fastening sequins too.
Beading is a fascinating craft, it is time consuming and you need really good eyesight. But the Beadman needles are only intended for adult use and if you want to teach your children to bead then you will need to look for a suitable kit for them.
Because the Beadman needles are so fine and sharp you need to take extra care with them and always put them out of children's reach.
A totally fascinating hobby that keeps you busy for hours.
This pack of four needles will be suitable for almost all your beading projects.