I seem to get this question quite frequently so I thought I'd put together a list of basic equipment that would be good for a beginner to consider.
Let me start out by stating that this kit isn't for someone looking to do wire work or wanting to perform on-loom weaving. That's the topic for another blog! This is just a basic kit that, for someone on a budget, I think is would make a good beginner's workbench.
In my Full Membership beading lessons course I go into way more detail about what a beginner's complete workbench might include but this short list will definitely get you started on the right path!
If you want to create patterns that only call for thread or elastic stringing materials then the equipment list is much shorter than if you want to do wire work or on-loom weaving.
The equipment list below allow you to complete simple beading patterns that only require thread or elastic; a good basic beginner’s place to start. For that type of beading I’d recommend the following:
- Get yourself a beading mat and a beading dish or a bead board. A bead board is sort of a beading mat & bead dish all in one.
- Pick up some masking tape or bead clamps. Since you’re just starting out masking tape should work well. Put the tape on one end of your stringing material to keep the beads from falling off! J
- A fabric tape measure. These are easier to use than a ruler.
- A sharp pair of scissors or nippers.
- Some beading needles and thread conditioner.
- A knotting awl.
If you have a beading store near you I'd recommend you visit them and pick up your equipment there. Your beading store probably has a very knowledgeable and friendly staff that can help you build out your equipment list and I firmly believe in supporting local small businesses.
However, if you don't have a local beading or craft store I've supplied some links to Amazon. They have pretty good prices on these items and the quality of this equipment is better than some others you will find on the internet.
|Bead Clamps (stoppers)|
|Fabric Tape Measure|
|Beading Scissors (sharp)|
If you buy the whole kit I recommended above from Amazon, as of when I made this post, it would cost you about $40.00USD plus shipping. I could recommend a lot more equipment; there are so many cool items out there that can make your beading so much easier! But for now I'm going to leave it at this list since I think it's really all that you need to get started if you want to create patterns that use thread or elastic. If you have a great idea of another item I can add to this list, leave comment below!
Oh, and in the spirit of full disclosure, if you click on one of the links above and buy the item from Amazon, I do get a small (read very small) commission for recommending the item to you. This is win-win in my book!
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