February 7, 2008

Pretty in Pink

Yesterday I was at the Best Bead Show with "The Bead Spinner Lady", Judy Kintner. Every year I spend a couple of afternoons at her booth signing books and meeting other bead crocheters. Opening day of the show was under cool, but bright sunny skies and beaders were out in force. I got to meet and talk to a lot of neat people who have used my books or got introduced to them at the show. The picture that remains in my mind is the gal who showed up at the booth with about a dozen unfinished bead crocheted ropes around her neck. She announced, "I was told I needed a bead spinner!" Each of her ropes was a hank of beads, hand loaded onto the thread, and crocheted on the plane ride to Tucson. Yes, she sure did need a bead spinner and left the both with a happy smile on her face.

I have a set of 3 necklaces in 8/0's that are the staple of my wardrobe. However, they don't always match the greens and pinks I like to wear.


I've been on a hunt for nice pink 8/0's for a couple of months now to make a set of necklaces. I knew that Orr's Trading Company would have them if anyone did.... and I was right. I found nice hanks of Czech pinks that were not garrish yet strong enough to show up well against the matte olive I wanted to use with them.

Oh yes, and I also picked up these other colors while I was at their booth. Japanese seed beads may be considered high quality, but packaged in plastic tubes and vials, they just don't flow and puddle like a whole bunch of hanks do.

Once again (or still!!) Blogger spell check isn't working... guess I'll have a lot of material to spell check when it is up and running again - sigh!

1 comment:

  1. Oh my gosh!!! I love the pictures of the beads!! I love the hanks and the bags and the shear abundance! When you find a colour you love and you can buy great amounts like that, the potential is limitless.
    Thanks for sharing!!!
    Cheers, Denise