Take a look at your beading space and your stash. Have you ever noticed how many everyday items are in there? For example, my work table is loaded with toothpicks, barbeque skewers, Tupperware, Gladware, index cards, erasers, pens, Sharpie markers, etc. And, of course, I think we all have fishing line and tackle boxes among our beading supplies.
I’ve just added a new item I want to share with you. Last weekend, I went strawberry picking at a local u-pick farm in Grafton, Wisconsin. They sent me home with my strawberries (all 14 lbs. of them) in sturdy waxed cardboard trays.
A waxed cardboard tray (the kind you find at a produce stand) makes a fabulous portable beading surface!
I couldn’t get those strawberries out of there fast enough. I immediately wiped one down, plopped a bead mat in the bottom (which fit perfectly!), loaded it up with my latest project, and took it outside to bead. After a few minutes, I came back inside to make one minor adjustment: slits in the front so I could fold it down like a flap to make it easier to get my hands in there and pick up beads.
What everyday items have you adopted for your beading?