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.