Sunday, July 2, 2023

The Virtual Bead Bar

I love using beads and sequins on my needlepoint, at least occasionally, but what do you do if your favorite shop doesn't stock these things?  You have to shop online, which can be hard.  However, I have several favorite places to browse for just the right thing.  They are listed alphabetically.  

First up, Bedecked and Beadazzled carries all sorts of beads and sequins.  Their website allows you to choose the sort of thing you are looking for and the sample photos are clear and large.

Cartwright's Sequins carries sequins only but what a selection!  You can search by size, by finish and by shape.  

Needlenook of La Jolla carries most of the line of Sundance beads, sequins and findings.  The photos are good and the organization helpful so you can easily find the sort of thing you want.

SJ Designs carries all sorts of beads, pearls and vintage items. Susan Johnson also occasionally has unusual items like brass charms or metal spangles.  She has a good stock of the discontinued Swarovski bicones---and they are on sale!

Of course the large online bead stores like Fire Mountain Gems or Shipwreck Beads are a good source for items.  Etsy carries beautiful handmade lampwork beads and these wonderful little snowflakes.  

But for standard embellishments, the above sources will cover ninety-nice percent of your embellishment needs.  

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