Monday, June 29, 2009

Tacky B.O.B.

No, I'm not talking about a former admirer, this is a tool for stitching that I find essential when I'm doing embroidery with beads. This is actually a "tacky box of beads." It consists of a small CD box lined with adhesive foam. The beads stay in place until you pick them off with your needle and stitch them on to your project.


This one is set up for my current project. It is very convenient that the pattern asks for 9 colors of beads. I scored the foam with a needle in a tic-tac-toe pattern to make 9 spaces, and carefully poured beads into each section. My biggest quandary right now is what type of thread to use to stitch the beads down. Right now I'm leaning toward a nymo (polyester) thread in gray. That will blend with all the colors, I think, and is strong enough so I won't be nervous about the thread breaking and beads coming off. I'm getting close to working with the beads again in my project, and I want to keep the momentum up. I'm almost done with the arbor on the "southwest" and with the gazebo on the south, leaving only the arbor on the "southeast" to be completed.

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