As many needles as I have throughout my crafting stash, sometimes I just can not find a needle that will work for both beads and threads not commonly used with those beads.
Whether I’m trying to crochet with beads or embroider with beads, it can be a real headache to get the beads over the needle much less over the needle and two thicknesses of the yarn or thread I’m using.
One of the side-effects of working on a dozen things at once is that supplies not usually used together find themselves together on my work area. Today is one of those days.
The spool of beading wire that I am using with my sock monkey (tutorial is coming on that odd pairing, I hope) is sitting nearby and unraveling all over the place.
I wanted to add some beads to the embroidery that I’m working on. Embroidery needle is way to big for the beads. Thread is way to big for a real beading needle. Ah…what about one of those needle threaders? You know the kind, that dorky looking thing with a bit of wire that comes with sewing needles and is supposed to make threading needles easier?
Aha. Why not use the wire the same way those threaders work?
Works great. Easy and cheap too.
So, the next time you’re trying to crochet with beads or embroider with beads and are having trouble threading the beads, dig out some beading wire.
Granted, this won’t work for all situations. Two thicknesses of the yarn or thread and two thicknesses of the wire may still be too thick for the beads. And, you’re still not going to be able to string seed beads on 4-ply acrylic yarn but it will work in a pinch for most of your bead stringing needs.