“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create – so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.”
–Pearl S. Buck
Still under construction
Bead selection - Almost all of the beadwork you see here is with 11/0 czech seed beads. I know some people will match the size of bead with the project (smaller project, smaller bead - larger project larger bead), but I like to stay with one size. My primary reason is economics (both monetary and organizational). I don't have to keep different containers for red 11/0 and red 10/0 for example. I also buy beads in bulk, even if I only need a few for a project. This way I always have a nice selection of beads to pick from when the mood, or need strikes.
I also prefer the czech beads over any other for their versatility. The delica beads have grown in popularity due to the fact they are so uniform (each bead exactly the same size & shape as the other). This is also the reason why I do not prefer them. For many of the styles of beading, there comes a time you need a bead to be just a bit smaller, or just a bit larger than the 'normal' size. Delica are great (IMHO) for loom work, but I don't like them in applique or rosette work.
Beeswax - Yes, I like to wax my beading thread. Some people say you don't need to any more with the Nymo tread, but I guess I am just 'old school'
Graph Paper - I don't tend to use graph paper, but I usually do sketch out my design on what ever paper I have around (usually scrap printer paper). Those times were I do need a count, I just sketch out ovals on the paper to represent the beads.