Monday, December 09, 2013

In Loving Memory

Nelson Mandela was Thembu, a native of South Africa who spoke the rich language of Xhosa and wore ceremonial #beadwork as was the custom of his native lands. Join South Africa in honoring the life of a legendary man.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Favorite Tool For Your Favorite Beader

I've been looking for a way to sew leather without having to buy a leather sewing machine. I've been looking for a long time. I considered the SailRite sewing machine ($800) and visited our local commercial sewing machine dealer to learn all about professional behemoths; I researched Singer machines (The 95K is the one to get, IF you can find it); I even purchased an old Singer with the hopes that it's little engine would do the trick (works for ultrasuede but not leather). And then one day - recently - I resigned myself to using an awl to sew up my leather. It has the benefit of saving a lot of money, not to mention space... So I googled awls and......that's when I discovered the Speedy Stitcher.

In the video below, you can see how the tool is used. If you have a hard leather body to sew (such as attaching beadwork to a belt), you might consider using this nifty tool to do it. But beware - those needles are very, very sharp!

If you're looking for a Speedy Stitcher online, you can purchase one from or directly from the vendor: