First Beaded Kumihimo Attempt

I was at a bead show a little while ago where someone was demonstrating beaded kumihimo.  It reminded me a lot of the knitting nancy which I used to love doing as a child.  So I bought a kit and some seed beads.

The stall-holder asked me if I knew how to use a bead needle.  Of course I did, what a strange question.  I’ve been sewing for years and know how to use a needle.  I cut my 8 threads into the appropriate length and then went to thread the seed beads on.  After picking up the needle and examining it for a while, I couldn’t find the eye.  My eyesight isn’t as good as it used to be so I put on my glasses but still couldn’t find the eye.  Maybe I’d been sold a dodgy needle.  After much frustration, I finally discovered that the centre of the needle separates and that is the eye.


Dichroic stud earrings

I use dichroic glass a lot in my fusing work.  I have quite a stash of it.  Sometimes I buy scrap bags which contains a mixture of dichroic pieces.  Predominately I use patterned dichroic glass for my pendants and earrings.  Looking through my stash, I noticed several pieces of single coloured dichroic glass that was just sitting there.  What to do with it all?