I love beading! :)

Why did I create the Blog, and YouTube Tutorials?

My parents have always taught me to share things with others. This is me sharing the talent of beading with all who are interested. I want to share this Talent I have learned with others, so they can learn too! I have it for display in hopes that I might be able to help and inspire others who are interested in beading! Because this way, others can make their own jewelry with out having to pay for it, and be proud that they did it themselves! :)
*Remember that people have their own ways of doing things, this is the way that I am comfortable beading.
** This is a hobby for me, it is something I do as a stress reliever and for fun.. all while putting my heart into it <3
Feel free to comment on the posts you like! I enjoy the feedback.. If you have any questions, please ask and I will respond.
Thank You! Kristen Sally

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Supplies & Materials needed in Beading


I made this video for all who are wondering what supplies & materials for Beading. 

1. BEADS - Beads come in all shapes, and all sizes and in many different colors.. The beads that I use a majority of the time are cut beads, in particular.. size 9, 3-cut beads.. and size 11/10, 2 cut beads.. and the common size 11 seed beads. I get my beads from a store where I live.. BUT, I also get them online.. I'll post the links below..

2. THREAD - I use the heavy duty, size D thread. It comes on different spool sizes.. I believe you can buy these at craft stores like Joann's or Michael's..

3. NEEDLES - I use the PONY Brand size 10 beading needles.. They are longer and sturdy. I like them heaps.

4. FABRIC STABILIZER - I use the Extra Firm Stabilizer that is for crafts and home decor. I buy mine at WAL-MART, but you can also get it at JOANN'S, Michael's, or any other craft store..

5. GLUE - I use Aleene's Original Tacky Glue, it is an All-Purpose Glue. This can be purchased at Wal-Mart or any other craft store.

6. SCISSORS - I don't think the brand of the scissors matters so much, just as long as you have a pair to cut the thread, stabilizer or backing.. I like using Westcott brand scissors, especially when I work with buckskin.. 

7. RHINESTONE BANDING - Rhinestone Banding comes in different stone colors, banding colors, and sizes. 

8. PAPER - I use paper to draw the design I'm going to bead. I attach that to the Stabilizer with glue, so I have an Idea of what I want the outcome to look like. Any paper works for this..

9. BUCKSKIN - I use this for the backing of a medallion or a pair of earrings. I think you can use any hide you have.. I mainly use deer and sometimes Elk. Others have used sheep.. 

10. CARDBOARD - This is optional for a medallion, but you can use cardboard to make the medallion more sturdy. I like using cardboard from a regular school notebook.

11. EARRING HOOKS - Earring hooks are used for earrings. You can buy them at any craft store..

12. GEMS, SHELLS, MIRRORS - These can go in the center of earrings and medallion.. They are available in all shapes, sizes, and colors.. They can be bought at any craft store...


Fancy sells it ALL!! Beads, Buckskin.. lots of materials.. :)

Dancing Bear sells it all too. This is where I get my Rhinestone banding, they have all colors and sizes. 

Never shopped with them, but they have heaps of beads based off of their website. 

Link to a Fabric Stabilizer at Joann's Fabric and Craft Store. 

Go to WALMART if you need any of the other stuff, I am sure they have it avaiable there too. :)


Sally <3


Amy Sullens said...

Hey there! Love your videos! Have a question though, where do you get your rhinestone banding?! I've looked around and can't seem to find any.

Anonymous said...

As far as paper goes, I just wanted to comment about lined notebook paper- it's fine if you're NOT using clear beads! (Learned that one the hard way) Also, do you find that you're somewhat of a bead collector? I'll go to a powwow and find a color I just have to have- and then there are the beads I get as gifts... I have a big tote filled- love me some beads!

lbrad81 said...

Amy you can find the rhinestone banding at shipwreck beads, crazy crow trading, dancing i ear indian trader...

Anonymous said...

I found great deals on rhinestone banding from a woman on facebook! Her name is Teri Beads, shes from Canada--she has lots of banding, gems, etc for less then what you will find ANYWHERE online...shipping to the states..$3....crazy affordable!

Katrina Carrie said...

what size of the rhinestone banding do i use ???

Anonymous said...

Where do I find buck skin????

corndolly12121 said...

Hi my name is Aimee, I was wondering, do you make the beaded earrings with the hanging fringes, and if so, what kind of thread or cord do you use and what kind of needles? I have been trying for months to find the right combo of thread/cord and needles without success. I am DYING to make a pair of these Native fringed earrings! Help! Thanks, Aimee

P.S. Love your blog!

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