In my last post, I promised to talk about my workspace for creating French beaded flowers and Ganutell. I still plan a post on avoiding back strain, etc., but this mention generated some emails requesting informaton on some of the items I find to be really helpful, so I thought I’d share that with you now.
The corkboard tile I mentioned in the earlier article was found at a local office supply store. These are quite inexpensive, and at just under 12×12 inches, they’re a good size to fit on any table or work surface. The cork is fairly soft and helps to keep things from rolling around, but sturdy enough to protect your table when you drop tools.
Speaking of things rolling around, I like to use a small bead mat when working with loose beads. It holds them in place, and makes it easier to pick them up as you need them. If you’re not a beader, you won’t know what this mat is … it’s a square of soft, thick fabric made specifically for this purpose, and is available where beads are sold. I understand from other beading enthusiasts that they’ve used old blankets or other fabrics, so if you have something like this around the house, give it a try.