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    Time for road trips, which means I am always madly beading on a project on my way to a powwow. I haven't worked out a good system and get beads all over the truck. I put a piece of black velvet on my lap to try and keep the hanks in place (I usually bead off hanks), and I have various plastic containers with lids for loose beads.

    Has anyone come up with a good way of doing this? I found this online:

    Bead N' Go Tray, Single

    And I know, the best way is to finish the project BEFORE leaving for the powwow. No time!

    TIA!

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    i have a felt lined tray. On this I got lids with my beads in it but found this tippy. So I just have a small metal container (can hold smaller projects like barrettes or moc tops) and put my beads in the lid on my lap. I tend to sit cross legged in the van, I donno it works for me. My friend has a medium sized loom (bout 2 feet) with a solid bottom that has bowl shapes carved in, she find that works for her.

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    • #3
      Oh! Oh! A tray. Thanks. I was just putting the velvet on my lap. A tray will hold things in place better. I am going to try this out.

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      • #4
        Deterring Roly Beads

        At Hobby Lobby I found something in the beading section, It is called a Beadmat its made by Beadalon.
        Its kinda foamish but feltish also. Beads cling to its tiny crevices and dont roll much. Its soft and flexible so when beads are in middle it can be folded over and put in storage (i have tins i keep beads string needles and material for projects in work)

        I have laid it on the edge of a couch and hardly any beads fell off. On rugged terrain such as in a truck, it can be put in a bowl or tin and the beads stay in place preety good.

        Since i bought it, its used with everything i do. I have used trays, jars and bowls in the past, but with the aid of the bead mat its so much nicer. Dunno how i managed without

        Here is a link to a site that has it online, they can be found on ebay also, Or if you have a hobby lobby near...........

        They only run about $2 and are durable

        Beading Supplies : Beadalon Bead Mat @ Jerry Smith Beads

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Asmajol View Post
          Deterring Roly Beads

          At Hobby Lobby I found something in the beading section, It is called a Beadmat its made by Beadalon.
          Its kinda foamish but feltish also. Beads cling to its tiny crevices and dont roll much. Its soft and flexible so when beads are in middle it can be folded over and put in storage (i have tins i keep beads string needles and material for projects in work)

          I have laid it on the edge of a couch and hardly any beads fell off. On rugged terrain such as in a truck, it can be put in a bowl or tin and the beads stay in place preety good.

          Since i bought it, its used with everything i do. I have used trays, jars and bowls in the past, but with the aid of the bead mat its so much nicer. Dunno how i managed without

          Here is a link to a site that has it online, they can be found on ebay also, Or if you have a hobby lobby near...........

          They only run about $2 and are durable

          Beading Supplies : Beadalon Bead Mat @ Jerry Smith Beads
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Apaze25 View Post
            Time for road trips, which means I am always madly beading on a project on my way to a powwow. I haven't worked out a good system and get beads all over the truck. I put a piece of black velvet on my lap to try and keep the hanks in place (I usually bead off hanks), and I have various plastic containers with lids for loose beads.

            Has anyone come up with a good way of doing this? I found this online:

            Bead N' Go Tray, Single

            And I know, the best way is to finish the project BEFORE leaving for the powwow. No time!

            TIA!
            ABSOLUTELY

            My company just sent me outta town on business. You ought to see the looks i get and questions.
            I got the perfect thing.
            Tupperware Fishing lure containers.They come in a bazillion size the perfect one for me is about the size of a church Hymnal or 6 or 7 in. by 8 or 9inches.
            It has compartments. the middle row you can take the middle seperator out.
            Plus the front row middle compartment is not deep at all. It works well as a try Useless for the fisherman, but perfect for beaders. I bead of the hank, but you have to pick groups/individual beads for designs, This works perfect for me.
            I started beading a new apron and yoke. I hate sitting around not beading.
            I bead in my truck at lunch every day. With this system I could beading Anywhere.
            "Now remember, things look bad and it looks like you're not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. 'Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That's just the way it is." JW

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            • #7
              I personally have not tried this but don't see why it would not work. You can get a metal tray with magnetic spice containers with lids. Should keep our jars from sliding around.

              Me? I just do the big Cool Whip bowl-o-beads between the knees and try to do only one color at a time! Too lazy and too cheap to do anything else. Does require a good bead retrieval method tho'.

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              • #8
                When I bead while traveling, which isn't gonna be happening again for a while(lol), I put my beads in a pot pie tin and I put the tin in one of those KFC chicken bowl bowls (that's been emptied and cleaned out.LOL). Those bowls are awesome 'cause the lids are tight and even if they go flying while you are holding them, if the lids on right--it won't pop off and throw your beads and stuff all over the place, it's contained to one small area and is easy to go from there. The tin makes it easy to see the beads and the bowl keeps them contained and from going all over the place as you are traveling and hitting bumps in the road or taking a wild turn.LMAO

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                • #9
                  thanks!!!

                  What a wealth of information. From magnetic spice containers to KFC bowls! All good tips. I am definitely going to look into the beading mats, and I never thought of a fishing lure box. That probably has spaces for hanks and loose beads. Cool! Now if I could just get new shocks for the truck! LOL!

                  Thanks Again!

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                  • #10
                    something like this.
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                    "Now remember, things look bad and it looks like you're not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. 'Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That's just the way it is." JW

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                    • #11
                      Hey, here at Dollarama we have small tins, with clear lids and magnetic bottoms. The good part is, the lid has openings on the side that when you twist you can pour out the amount of beads you need! When not in use twist shut, then let the magnet do the rest!
                      They are about 2 inches in diameter and about the same in height!!!
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                      • #12
                        for needles, I have a magnetic needle case, which I love, don't lose my favorite needles now. Really like the idea of magnetic spice containers.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Czechy View Post
                          I personally have not tried this but don't see why it would not work. You can get a metal tray with magnetic spice containers with lids. Should keep our jars from sliding around.

                          Me? I just do the big Cool Whip bowl-o-beads between the knees and try to do only one color at a time! Too lazy and too cheap to do anything else. Does require a good bead retrieval method tho'.
                          Laffs! I do applique with a hoop - so I just dump a needle's worth of beads onto the cloth that is caught in the hoop and fill my needle. I bead on the Metro (trains and buses). I keep vials and boxes of beads in ziploc bags. The lids on the boxes sometimes come undone so the ziplocs contain the mess.

                          I organize the beads in bags by project - so it's easy to "grab a project 'n go". Needles go in an Altoid tin (Altoid Addict here).

                          People's reactions at seeing someone beading on mass-transit are humorous. I'm fairly deft at threading needles while the train is rattling along and the train can get pretty crowded. On one occasion - between stations, with folks packed in around my wheels, I needed to get new thread started. Imagine my surprise when, after threading the needle on the first try, the commuters around me started applauding!

                          Kinda flustered me up a little because (until that point) I didn't realize all those people were watching me
                          Last edited by between2worlds; 04-29-2009, 04:39 PM.

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                          • #14
                            I bead on the road all the time. Metal cookie tins are what I started with. I keep my project and beads (on the string still) in a dish cloth or flannel fabric and keep it folded up.

                            Now that my projects have gotten bigger, I use a shoe box. Then I unfold my cloth onto the lid or just my lap.

                            I have some tupperware type containers that I use occasionally. But lately there's just full of unfinished projects and odd beads.

                            The only thing I can't do is bead on the loom on the road.
                            ...it is what it is...

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by lostsalt View Post
                              something like this.
                              Those are awesome. I picked up a few at the dollar tree... then I put my stash in them... and ended up beading straight off of the hank with a piece of canvas or something in my lap lol. I got a tackle box from wally world and it's fantabulous for keeping everything in. When I don't want to lug that around I shove everything in a bag and go.

                              I keep my needles in an old prescription bottle with a childproof lid lol. Today people call it recycling but I call it using what I've got.
                              SHAKE IT!!!!

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