E: I've got some mala and mala-inspired designs in mind. Do you have any tips or tricks to share?
A: I use the best supplies I can find. I love high-grade gemstones! My opinion is that the higher quality the material, the more effective it is in healing. I use 100% silk beading cord, high grade DS stones
, organic cottons and raw seeds and woods from India. I enjoy having a relationship with the folks who supply my stones and I recommend you get to know your suppliers, too. As far as tools, I use a beading tray to keep things in order and see my designs before I begin stringing the stones. I keep it pretty simple. I know that some people use a special tool for tying knots, but I just use my thumb nail to hold the knot in place. Do what works best for you. Choose what you're naturally drawn to and don't over think it. Creativity comes from the heart.
Anna's Must-Haves for Malas:
- Beading Tray
- Silk (Griffin) Beading Cord #8
- Embroidery Floss for Making a Tassel (you tube "making a tassel" for instructions)
- Bead Organizer
- Small Scissors
- Calm environment