Have you ever opened up a kit that contained so many different kinds of beads that it overwhelmed you a little? It has happened to me. I was at one of our stitch retreats and I thought it would be fun to start a Mill Hill Halloween kit. You know - the really cute ones on perforated paper. As I removed all of the contents of the kit from its packaging, I saw those little bags of beads. Hundreds of beads, all different colors, and two different sizes. All mixed up. And I wondered how I was going to organize them. Well at that point I decided to stick to stitching and leave the bead organizing for another time.
One of the Sisters In Stitches came up with an idea for organizing those beads that I think is perfect. It's one of those "why didn't I think of that?!" ideas that I'm glad she shared with us!
It involves Tacky Bob, which I think is an amazing invention in itself. In case you've never heard of Tacky Bob, it's a CD case-looking thing with a very sticky interior. It keeps those beads secure and allows you to pick each one up individually with your needle.
OK, you still have to separate all of the colors and sizes, but just think about it. If you complete this little separating chore ahead of time, then you'll just get to experience the fun of stitching as you complete your project. You won't have to stop and search out each kind of bead in that crazy mixed-up bead soup.
The next time I'm watching a movie or something, I'll find that Mill Hill kit and do my bead separating then. So when I'm ready for stitching they'll be all organized and ready to go! Thank you, Thea, for this idea!