I was going to title this Creature of Habit, but when I typed that, I realized that I already named a previous post 'Creature of Habit'.....hhhhmmmmm....I guess I am one!
My point this time is that for years I have beaded with size 11 long pony needles on a velvet pad with a leather tray. I have several scattered around the studio so as to be able to begin a new project on a whim. They are also portable from room to room unlike a vellum bead mat.
Dustin was in my class, beading from a shallow wooden bowl, beads mixed together and he was fast...I was intrigued. He graciously gifted me a bowl and I must say I quite like it. My hand fits nicely into the roundness, it is shallow enough to pick up the next bead, they don't bounce like in the porcelain trays, it's good. Now to find a few more bowls, you know, for multiple projects.
I've also recently discovered that I do like size 12 sharps, they are easy to work with and they don't bend, well at least not as easily as a long needle. They are a tad harder to thread, but I'm finding them comfortable to work with, especially when doing something like cubic right angle which can create some really tight spaces to bead through.
So I may be slow to change or try new things, but it can happen. Do you have a definite beading setup, set of tools, or do you change things up?