Low Vision Beading aka "never having to see a hole...". I use some techniques
to make the beading easier and I never have try to see a hole in which to put a needle...
First getting the beads onto the needle ... I put my beads into the shallow oblong dish and just "scoop" the needle parallel through the beads... It only takes 2-3 passes to have 5 or more beads on the needle... Never have to look for a hole. Just keep scooping away.. You can see here that I've mixed several color together because I didn't have enough of any one color I liked. You'd be amazed how fast this is...just remember to keep your needle parallel to the beads. Just scoop, scoop, scoop..... There is an excellent You-tube video of this.
Some time in the future I'm going to write a post about how I'm learning to use my left thumb to work in unison with the needle in my right hand.
First I did all the beads for the gold outline... Ordinarily I would have put 5 beads down, gone back through the last two, and added another 5 beads. I modified this step to make it easier. After putting the 5 beads down I just came up through the chain stitch a couple beads back and whip a stitch over the beads to keep them in line with the chain stitch...nice and neat.. Then I add another 5 beads...and so on... This eliminated the necessity to put the needle through holes at this point. I use my left thumb all along the chain as a guide to where the needle comes up.
By bypassing that step my gold outline is really a little wonky and wiggly but I can correct that a bit as I fill in. I'm willing to accept wonky and wiggly because as my vision has decreased so have my expectations also decreased..
After I finished the gold outline it was easier to do the turquoise beads using the gold beads as a guide.
The turquoise beads are from a very cheap necklace and are very irregular in size and shape but I love their color.
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