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Saturday, November 28, 2009

cutting Power Pro thread

I bought some 10 lb. test, Power Pro braided bead thread for a project that I was working on; it is similar to Fireline. While trying to get a clean cut on the thread end I took a good chunk out of one finger with my sharp embroidery scissors. This was Wednesday night--yep, the night before Thanksgiving. What fun fixing dinner with a bandaged finger.
I have now learned that the thread cuts cleaner if you put a little tension on it. I am using my tiny, stork embroidery scissors to cut the thread but that may not be a good idea because I read that you shouldn't use good scissors to cut Fireline.
If anyone has any othe tips, feel free to share.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


The new computer arrived yesterday and we started loading our programs on to it. Now we are finding out which programs--like our photo editing ones--are too old to work on the new operating system. It is always something, isn't it?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


RATS! After a flying visit to Florida to surprise my father with an 80th birthday celebration, we returned home only to have our computer die. So I have news to share but am stuck using my husband's little laptop until our new computer arrives.

One big piece of news is that my friend Zoya Gutina was kind enough to do a very nice profile of my work and Bead Crochet Snakes in her October 2009 newsletter for My Lovely Beads, her website. Zoya is a very talented beadwork artist and puts together a very interesting newsletter--I have been working my way through past issues. Check out October's issue at