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Questions on beading essentials

kelluvpearls

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Hi all
Starting my own question thread as I have too many LBC questions, thank you in advance!
Question 1
I want to set up a mini stash for knotting pearls, since I live overseas I thought I'll get around 10/15 colours in one go.I was wondering if people just get the regular thickness or do I need the heavier and finer thickness thread as well?

Question 2
Colours, here's Pattye's chart.
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My list so far, may chop and change it after hearing other people's experiences.
1. gray
2. charcoal
3. Gold
4. Lilac
5. Ivory
6. Taupe
8. Teal
9. Leaf
 

BWeaves

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I usually buy several different sizes, because I don't know in advance the size holes I'll be stringing.

I'll start with a thinner thread, and if the knot slides into the hole, then I start over with thicker thread.

P.S. I use my thread doubled, as I find it easier to snug the knot up that way, and I can drop a thread if there's a tight bit.
 
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Pearl Dreams

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I have used:
white
night (for my blueish Tahitians),
black (for my darker Tahitians),
baby (for my mixed color FW round exotics) and
rose (for a strand of metallic baroque FWP that are a more coppery/purply color)
sky (for my baroque blue akoyas)

My next purchase will probably include ivory, and maybe royal.

I've only used the regular thickness so far.
 

JerseyPearl

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Thus far I have used Storm, Forest, and Coal...all have worked well with my tahitians in darker colors. I am awaiting a new order of Taupe (for some freshwater ripples that have a variety of warm colors) and Gray for my new light mix tahitians. Pattye is very generous with her threads, and a little card is plenty to string multiple necklaces (even with error!) Also, you may want to order some gimp from her, as well as beading needles.
 

kelluvpearls

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Thanks everyone, you're input is very invaluable, I will get a selection of colours and the needles and some gimp as well.
Here's my revised list.
 

kelluvpearls

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Storm,* forest, coal, night, taupe, grey x 2, turquoise, shell, gold, lilac, pink.
 

kelluvpearls

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So I took PD's advice and ordered some soft touch threads, added some tornado crimps and elasticity thread to my order as well and a couple of new bead boards. Now I just need more pearls so I can practice knotting.
 

kelluvpearls

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I don't have your patience JP, or the talent, but I do have one pink peach strand that I might like to wear again. :D
 

JerseyPearl

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I laugh because patience is not my strong suit...and as far as talent goes, well, let's just say that I have been guided by some very wonderful EXPERTS here on PG. Never be afraid to make a mistake, and let your creative mind wander.
 

Frost Me

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I just want to suggest the Topaz color, it is really nice when stringing real turquoise beads.
 

BWeaves

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When someone watches me handweaving and tells me that they don't have patience to do that, I tell them, "It doesn't take patience. It teaches patience."

You will have all the patience in the world to do the things you really enjoy.
 

kelluvpearls

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Thank you all, so far I ordered wire, crimps, threads, needles, gimp and silver orbit clasps from PP. Now just have to wait a week or two for shipping. I'll start on the light mix bracelet and see how I go.
Which Japanese knotting video is the best to view?
 

kelluvpearls

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So my tools and threads are here! Thank you Pattye for the lovely package! Going to practice knotting soon!
 
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