About bugle beads used for prick and stitch card making

Saturday 20 September 2008

Following on from my post about seed beads, here is some information about bugle beads. Bugle beads come in a variety of lengths but will always be longer than they are thick. This creates a bead with a tubular shape.

bugle beadsThe Stitching Cards patterns are based on bugle beads 7mm long or 1/4 inch or Czech size number 3. As with seed beads, different countries use different numbering systems. For example beads from Japanese manufactures with a size of number 2 will be 6mm and size number 3 are 9mm.

It is best to order a small pack of beads to start with to make sure they will do the job. If the beds are too short it is possible to add a small round bead to make up the size.

I get my beads from Creative BeadCraft. The link to the size 3 glass bugle beads is:

BB3 Size 3 Bugle Beads

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