Buying Beads Online: A knitter's guide
Since many of my designs incorporate beads (including my latest mystery KAL OPEN MINDS I get a LOT of questions about where to buy them. In this post I've rounded up some of my favorite online shops, to make it easier for anyone who wants to start incorporating beads into their knitting. It's one of my favorite things!
I work with mostly Japanese glass seed beads, because they have the unique quality of being uniform on both the inside and outside of the bead, which makes them great for knitting. There are three main bead manufacturers in Japan: Miyuki, Matsuno and Toho.
First, a general guideline to help you estimate your beading needs:
For cylindrical size 8 Miyuki delica beads, there are approximately 32 beads per gram
I also carry beadle needles and travel beading tins.
|Knitting Brioche Bandido in Ireland with my travel beading tin.|
Do you have a favorite place to buy beads?
Please share... I'd love to hear! I do love me some bead stash enhancement!