Top Beading Teachers Share Their Favorite Beading Tools!

When I take a beading class, I pay attention to more than just the technique that the teacher is showing me. I always sneak a look to see what kinds of beading tools that teacher has. Because, after all, if you want to bead like a pro, there's more to learn than just a beading technique!

I asked five top beading teachers what their essential beading tools were. Of course, chocolate made the top of the list, but check out what else these great beading teachers (and a couple of Beadwork magazine Designers of the Year!) had to say about their favorite beading tools.

Jill Wiseman: My essential beading tool is my Bead On It Board, because I love the surface, the round and padded edges, and the round shape because there are no corners on which I can catch my beading thread!

Cynthia Newcomer Daniel: I always keep several different sizes of darning needles on hand when I'm beading. I use them to pick out knots, to nudge beads apart when I need to get my needle into a tight spot, and to herd beads that are trying to escape back into their nice little piles on my bead mat. (I'm a little picky about that!) 

Sylvie Landsdowne: My favorite bead scoop is a "crumb catcher" that I begged the waiter at the Chop House in Milwaukee for about 8 years ago. He was cleaning up the table with it and I said, "What is that? I want it!" He thought I was nuts, but with a little lash fluttering and southern girl thank you's I walked away with it. And you don't even want to know how many kitchen utensils are in my glass beadmaking studio!

Stephanie Dixon: There are two products that I absolutely can NOT live without and they are both made by Xuron. 1. 9200 -Model 9200 Tapered Head Micro-Shear® Flush Cutter 2. Kevlar Scissors (product 9180 -High Durability Scissor) – Cuts Fireline like no other product I know. I love the way both of these tools fit in my hand and they really do cut amazing well.

Nancy Cain: My macaroni needle puller. My pattern tester and friend Sharon Rawson designed them and I give them as little goodie bag gifts to students. Another one of my super favorite beading tools is my Tulip fine point awl. You can break 15o seed beads from inside the bead and not risk cutting the thread. I really can't pick just one beading tool!

Three Graces Collar by Jill Wiseman, 2013 Designer of the Year.

What else can you learn from some of today's top beading teachers? How about new beading techniques and great beaded jewelry designs using your favorite bead-weaving stitches? Check out the great new Designers of the Year in Beadwork magazine! For 2013, each issue will have amazing new beaded jewelry designs from Jill Wiseman, Smadar Grossman, Maggie Meister, and Sabine Lippert! Make sure you subscribe to Beadwork magazine so you don't miss out on a single beading project!

What's your favorite essential beading tool? Where did you first see it used or learn about it? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and tell us about the one beading tool that you just can't live without!

Bead Happy,


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