Wednesday, March 19, 2014
It's Mary Stori back to share another trick I use to help my beading time go more smoothly.
You may be familiar with a 'bead mat'.....which I believe is nothing more than the material a Vellux blanket is made from. For our purposes it's been cut into sections and resold at bead distributors or bead shops. It's such a great product and one that will keep your beads from rolling around, making it faster and easier to pick them up with the needle. Very useful when working at a table.
However, I rarely bead sitting at a table. Instead, I'm plunked down on our denim couch....feet up on an old oak coffee table, bright light over my left shoulder, with the big screen within easy view. I used to place my bead mat on a shallow jelly roll pan, which acted as a lap board....but it got awfully cumbersome. One day I came up with the idea of securing the bead mat in a small wood embroidery hoop. PERFECT.....when the thread is long I can bring the needle to the hoop, when it's shorter...I can bring the hoop to the needle!
I also switched out the large, hard/cold metal pan in favor of a padded cutting mat. The soft side sits on my lap, while the hard side acts as surface on which to rest my Q-snap frame. The number and variety of beads used to create the wall quilt below is a good example of the importance of keeping the beads under control!
Heirloom Blush 8" x 12"
Artist hand-dyed and felted wool, hand embroidered and bead embellished.
So, if you prefer the comfort of a soft chair, you might want to give my method a try. If you have helpful beading tricks, please share them! I'll be back with one more post before I say goodbye and thank you for joining me.