Sunday, 16 December 2012

More tricks of the trade

I forgot a couple of items last week, so I thought I'd just wait and post them this week.  Give me something more to share with you than just my weekly wip update.

So, here are my final two little tricks that I rely on so much.

This is my Tacky Bob.  These are BRILLIANT for beading.  On the outside they look like a pretty little CD case, and on the inside, they are sticky.  When they are brand new they are REALLY sticky, and using metallic beads should be avoided because the stickiness can pull some of the metal off.  I keep my old Tacky Bobs around for when I have to use them metallic beads. Like everything, they will lose a bit of their stick over time, but they should last a few years at least.

What I find dead handy about them is I can put several colors of beads in little piles for when I'm working on Mirabilias, where several colors can be used in a small patch.  When I'm done for the night I simply close the lid.  Those little beads sit snugly inside until I'm ready to use them again.

Clever, clever, clever little device.

This is my wax. It's excellent when you have a thread that just keeps knotting on you.  Just slide it through once or twice and voila, no more knotting.  I hear beeswax also works, but I've never tried it.

And there you have it. The final two items of my list of tricks.

If anyone who reads this blog wants to list tricks of their own on their own blog, please feel free to leave me a link to your blog in the comments section.   I always love seeing what other people do. And who knows, I may steal a few tricks to add to my own collection!

Re: the Dragon stocking....  I slightly strained my hand this week and it's been twitching and smasming, so I've been taking it easy. I haven't gotten as much done as I would have hoped for.   But it's starting to take shape.

Behold, week 2 of the first page of the project.

I find it's so much faster with the Magic Cloth.  I'm really enjoying working on it.

Well, that's all, I guess.  It's snowing hard outside, so it's perfect weather to sit in front of the TV and just stitch the evening away.

~Rai Rai


  1. Wow! That Tacky Bob looks great. I have a project with beads coming up, but didn't know how I would stop them from sliding all over the place. I should buy one of these before starting the beading. Thanks for the tip!

    1. You're welcome. Once you get one you will never bead without it again. Just remember to close it after use because it's like buttered toast. If you drop it onto the carpet, it will always land sticky side down.

    2. You asked about TUSAL on my blog. It means Totally Useless Stitch-A-Long. Once a month we post a pic of our ORT (Old Ratty Threads) jar.

  2. Interesting! I will have to find myself a big glass jar. Currently I keep my threads in a little pine box with a little pewter hummingbird on it's lid.

    I guess I'll post the first TUSAL in January.

    Thx for the explanation.