Bead size chart

If you are ever looking for a seed bead size chart this one very useful. 

Rather than a list of sizes this chart represents each size visually so you can see at a glance what is what. 

If you print it out and keep it handy you will be able to substitute beads in a pattern. It  also supplies a few notes on how many of a particular size bead is required to cover an inch which helps you plan your own designs. There is also a Millimetre/ Inch guide all on the one page! 

I printed out two copies. One was pasted to the inside cover of my studio journal and the other was pinned on the board in front of my desk.  

 

Sites worth bookmarking: AGOS Bead Univeristy

A Grain of Sand is a beading supplier which hosts a beading resource site titled the AGOS Bead University. It is a site worth bookmarking as there is a list of bead terms, definitions of gemstones, and a glossary of findings. These lists are illustrated with photographs which makes them particularly useful.

There is a good section on vintage beads and some interesting articles on pearls. For instance in the section on vintage beads there are informative articles on Rhinestones, bakelite, and dating Swarovski Crystal.  There is also a very useful article and chart on vintage Seed bead sizing and seed bead terms.

To top it off the site houses a customer gallery which provides lots of eye candy and inspiration. So make a cuppa browse the articles and visit the gallery. I am sure you will enjoy it.

Fun with sequins

Classic stitches have an article online which many contemporary embroiders and crazy quilters will find very useful.

Jan’s Guide To Sequins covers different types of sequins, attaching them to fabric, dealing with different shaped sequins and Jan has written a good section on how to apply sequins to Aida and evenweave fabric.

It is well worth checking out and bookmarking this article by Jan Eaton