This is the whole thing rolled out on the table making it easy to choose just the right bead for the job
In this picture you can see the black dots I made using a sharpie to mark the distance between "tubes" to stitch the elastic into place.
Like all of my art supplies, I have had MANY of these beads for YEARS.
Here are some of the ways I have used beads and other things in my work
From the top: rock stitched on, rafia and sari yarn couched, scrim "sacks" filled with dryer link and dog hair mats stitched on to represent rocks.