|Belly dance hip belt with beading and fringing|
I wasn’t entirely convinced by the description on the forum, but when I found one greatly reduced in my local craft shop’s sale I bought it anyway. It was certainly money well spent. I wouldn’t have been able to even contemplate the beaded dress project without it.
You half-fill the dish on the top of the spinner with beads, turn the spindle to rotate the dish, and pick the beads up on a special needle with a curved end. I’m aware that’s a fairly feeble explanation, so here’s a much clearer video demonstration instead.
Different type of needle are available.
|Needles for a bead spinner|
The bottom one has a small eye at the end, like a normal needle, whereas the smaller one is a ‘big-eye’; most of the straight part it two narrow wires, joined together at each end. It’s just a case of experimenting and finding what works best for you.