It seems in every class there are one, sometimes two 'speed beaders'. Nothing wrong with not being a speed beader, but I am always curious as to what makes some folks super fast. If you ask around in the class, everyone will know who the speed beader is because they are consistently the first to finish. It's not always the quiet ones either, but it does take sheer focus, continuing to pick up one bead after the other with little in between time.
What are their secrets? Are you a speed beader? Do you notice what you do differently?
I have a few theories and observations....
-keeping the beads close to you
-keeping the piles you will use next to one another in the order of use
-using shorter thread (the time you take weaving in new thread is negated by the amount of time you aren't doing 2 or 3 thread pulls per bead)
-passing through multiple beads before completing the thread pull
-having an intuitive color sense so your not slowed down by color angst
Do you have theories and observations to share?
There are times I want to bead meditatively and enjoy the zen of the stitch, but there are definitely times a little speed would help. Like in completing two aurelia samples in the next couple of days!
In knitting there are 'the fastest knitter' competitions. I have a few folks I might nominate for the fastest beader. Not naming names....but 4 urchin beads....
well that is pretty much a record!