Beaded yarn: new bead color


I finally made it to the craft store yesterday! I’m kind of a color addict, so I’ve never used white beads in my beaded yarn before. Silly, right?

Mom suggested them for the white silk/Mikayla blend I’ve been spinning. The two fibers aren’t mixed completely so it has a nice variegated look.

To add the beads, I first string them on a strong embroidery thread, leaving it attached to the spool. When I ply, I hold the two singles and the thread in my left hand, using my thumb to hold the top bead. As the three twist together, I periodically let one of the beads through my fingers. The silk thread runs through all the other beads as the thread unspools.

These are silver beads on black silk thread. I use the bowls to hold the beads and a special needle to string them. Then I put the spool in one of the squares to hold it (bottom row, second from right) as I ply.

 I still haven’t decided what color of silk thread I’ll use in this particular yarn. The obvious choices are black or white. Any opinions? Let me know in the comments!

About cliffhousealpacas

Once upon a time, my dad drove by some funny looking animals standing on little dirt hills in a field. Thus, the dream of an alpaca ranch was born. Now, we are embarking on a grand adventure of raising alpacas and becoming fiber artists.
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