How to Prepare for a Day of Beading

There’s a winter storm brewing in our part of the United States and I’m feeling like a little kid – excited and ready! And although we will likely be plowed out in no time, a storm like this one (12-18” are predicted) has even me making sure I have supplies on hand to bake and bead! Wouldn’t it be fun to have a cake like this on a snow day?

Lemon Bundt Cake

Lemon Bundt Cake

I also picked up a little extra yarn (Malabrigo super chunky, to be exact), just in case knitting becomes the thing to do while the snow falls. This is a cowl I made recently and I’d love to get another one made (in another color way) before the snow calls my name!

malabrigo cowl

Malbrigo Rasta cowl

But before I do any knitting, my bead board and beading supplies are ready for  some cubic right-angle weave! (As you might know, CRAW is a new adventure for me.)

Here’s my progress so far:
Thread, cutters, needles and awl – check!
I’ll be working with FireLine® or WildFire® since I’m incorporating Swarovski crystals into the design. These threads hold up well to general wear and against the edges of the crystals. I use a cutter designed to work with threads like these, so I save the blades of my scissors for cutting finer materials; a thread burner is also a great tool for ending  your threads. And you know that feeling when you’re all settled, in a good rhythm, making progress beading, and then you have a knot? To help minimize my frustration during these moments, I keep a fine-pointed beading awl handy. These are great for getting into the center of a knot and getting you back to stitching!

bead board and tools - check!

Beads – check!
On tap for this design are some 6mm Swarovski crystal light green pearls  and 6mm Swarovski crystal denim blue AB2X bicone beads. Size 15 and 11 seed beads will be where I start but I don’t want to have gaps of thread showing between the crystals and the beads, so I might have to add in size 8 seed beads, too.

seed beads - check!

Cubic Right Angle Weave with Marcia DeCoster: Fundamentals and Shaping video – check!
With all materials present and accounted for I am ready to lose myself in a day of beading. And with my boys helping with the shoveling, I might only be interrupted by the oven timer!

bead board ready

To be prepared the next time you are bracing for some winter weather or for when you know you’ll have some time on your hands to bead, be sure to take advantage of the bead kits in our sale, going on now through through Monday. These great kits are discounted anywhere from $10 to $30 off the original sale price and you sure can’t beat the ease of having all the materials packaged for you, ready and waiting to go.

I’d love to hear what your plans are for the weekend and see images of what you’re working on. Whether beading, baking or knitting, please drop a note at

Happy beading,


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