Tuesday, April 21, 2009

In which I pass the savings on to you.

Beading needles
Originally uploaded by thirdpersonpossessive

Sorry for my lack of posts, all three of you, but I have been super busy and just haven't had much time for extended blogulation. However, I HAD to share this with you.

So, I go through punch needle threaders like crazy. The little wire fatigues really quickly and, let's be honest, I'm not exactly super careful with them. Those things are almost $5 for a pack of two! I just went through one pack in 4 days. So you see, it can get expensive.

Granted, I probably do punch needle more than most folks. Also, I am probably a bigger klutz. But even if neither of those conditions apply to you, isn't $5 for two little pieces of wire rather excessive?

I thought so too, so I went on a vision quest at my local Hobby Lobby. AND LOOK WHAT I FOUND!

Beading needles. You can get them longer if your punch needle shaft is long. Mine is a Clover needle so it is pretty short. These little guys are 12 for $1.47! That's a savings of .. I don't know. A lot.

I found the eye was squishy and sometimes you accidentally smash it shut and need to re-open it with something like a pencil, but otherwise, these work like a dream. If you really wanted you could put a piece of tape or something around the non-eye end to make a little handle.

That's all for now! New projects coming fairly soon. If you just can't stand to wait you can always check my Flickr and see what works I have in progress.


  1. That's awesome. I love to find something that I've considered to be a "specialty" in a place that is non-specialty. I remember trying to buy waxed linen for bookbinding. On bookbinding and scrapbooking sites, it was wickedly expensive! But, on basketweaving sites (where, I suppose, the bulk of the specialty money is spent on woods and reeds) it was insanely cheap! Beading sites, too. Always good to think about.

  2. Wow, that is a good tip. I do bookbinding as well. Hmmm ....