Again, my disclaimer is that this is just how I do it. I think there are other ways, in fact being that this is a creative venture, I am sure there are; this is just how I do it. Feel free to post comments and questions at the end of this blog post, in case I need to clarify something. It benefits ALL readers when you do that ;)
Using the methods I share will in fact make your knitting/weaving more time consuming. If you can typically do a piece in an hour, expect it to double or even triple if you have a tough time. But, don't let that discourage you at all! Remember this is something you can put down and pick up whenever you have time.
Tip #1 Set up your beads
Okay, so now you have set up your viking knit on the mandrel of your chcoice and you want to add beads. I typically set up everything before starting, including using small trays for my beads. And, as experience has taught me, only put a small amount of beads in the tray at one time....let's say around 10 or so. They are really hard to find and pick up if you knock them over (been there, done that... still finding beads on the floor)!
If you are using mutliple colors, I recommend a different tray for each color. In fact, I use the trays that came from the packages of beads I bought in the beginning. Now, if you buy tubes of beads, you will need something different. In f act, you can use a tupperware lid, yogurt lid, or something else relatively flat with an edge to it. I don't recommend a cup or anything that deep. I also don't recommend the counter top, as you will have to chase the beads around. But, I do believe there are mats for beading that you can buy. Personally, I just reuse/recycle what I have in my house and keep my expenditures to a minimum. :)
Tip #2 Size of Beads
Tip #3 Best Tool EVER
1) Make a few plain rows, without beads.
2) Feed a bead into the wire
3) Gently position the wire. You know it will go straight across,
so you want to "place" it there first
4) Feed your wire behind the previous row now,
as you would normally do
5) Every other is best to prevent crowding.
As you come around, if the row just above has a bead, then NO bead.
In the photo above, the row above does NOT have a bead,
so you would add a bead for this row.
Next time, I will share with you how I end my pieces, where I cut the wires and how I pull my pieces through the drawplate. If you are already well versed on finishing your pieces, then you probably won't be stopping by for Part 3. However, I would love to have you cocme back and share your OWN techniques by commenting below the post.
Until next time, Keep It Crafty!
PS: If you'd like to see more Viking Knit jewelry with Beads, feel free to pop on over to my Etsy shop. There is also a mini collection on the side of this blog. Just click on there and check out the many beaded pieces I have made.