an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators
We’re working on our Resources section right now, and one of the advantages of this being an artisan-produced work is that we are free to break all of the Sacred Rules of publishing. We can name names, talk about brands, tell you why we love one thing or loathe another. And we can share information about where we’ve found our favorite things.Adorable little Japanese erasers for your bead box. All Book Kits come with one- we have biscuits, tiny cakes, French pastries…!
I have a couple of beady tools and setups I can’t live without (a really sharp flush cutter for cutting thread, a stiff tray with a velvet pad, and a triangle scoop for picking up beads…) and I’ve picked up a few more from my co-authors and collaborators.
Jean got me hooked on a mainstay of the mighty Great Lakes Beadworking Guild- an adorable and very silly little Japanese rubber biscuit eraser and sharp pushpin- this helps gently break out extra beads or beads in the wrong place that went in too far back to unbead. She also carries a bangle sizer wherever she goes. Dustin got me hooked on small stretch beer cozies to keep my cones of Nymo in check.
I’m excitedly watching the mailbox waiting for a new travel tray that I have high hopes for, a nifty-looking (and “feather-light”, they say, a huge selling point for me) tin from Shibui & Daughters. I’ll be sure to let you know what I think of it.
Do you have favorite things you just can’t relax without? What are they, and why?Jean Power’s Magic Bangle Sizer