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You may want to look at Caravan Bead who carries a full line [every single color/type etc] of Miyuki bead including the approximately 240 colors of 15/0 which I use almost exclusively. http://www.caravanbeads.net/ProdList.asp?scat=203
For those who may be converting from X-stitch patterns there is a fabulous table from DMC floss to Delica at: http://www.bead-media.com/conversioncharts.html
All the best!
I did get a nice note from Barry at Caravan and he sent me the text lists of those they carry as well as all the conversion #s but he says most of those are not being made.
I do have that floss chart too so thank you so much for the reply and may I ask why you like the 15s so much and what sort of projects you like them for?
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Glad you had some success with Caravan, they really are a great group of folks!
As for your question about my use of 15/0 beads, well I find that the level of detail I can get is far better than with larger beads. I do almost nothing but loom or peyote stitch as my specialty is traditional Native American design. I am starting to move towards traditional native applique, and again I can get finer detail with the smaller beads.
I also have a fairly large collection of antique beads, sizes 16/0; 18/0; 20/0 and my favorites...22/0! They are maybe the size of table salt, and are of course used very sparingly for very fine detail work. [They are over 100 years old] As you can imagine I've been told on more than one occasion that I'm "nuts" to work with such small beads but I fell in love almost 20 years ago with the 22's when I saw them used to decorate a fabulous Native dance fan.
So what brings you to the world of 15/0 beads? I know you mentioned a special project in an earlier post...what is the subject of the project?
It is my pattern for the wolf called Silent Sentinel. A customer had the idea to use all 15s but since that pattern is made in matte finish beads it was not possible with the selection available.
I have some 15s and have used them in jewelry making but not in looming which is my favorite style of working.
I have never heard of 22s. Wow. That is really tiny. Where did you get them?
I am thinking of doing some bead embroidery but not like the kind I have normally seen. I would like to do more like an applique or design straight onto clothing but have not gotten started. This just rocks around in my mind at times.
Somehow I missed you question about where to find the 22/0 seed beads. They are very rare but Bead Cats still has a very nice selection [approx 32 choices] of colors. http://www.beadcats.com/
Another source is East of Oz http://eastofoz.com/index.htm but you would have to contact them via email etc. to get a list of their current stock.
As for Matte finish, you can do this yourself with Etch-All liquid. Seed beads only take about 5 minutes in the solution to get the desired effect. Just be sure to wear gloves, work in a well ventilated area and rinse them thoroughly.
Didn't read through all the posts but I think if you log onto the Myuki site they have a list of all their colors & which type bead is available in each color. Yep just checked - that is where it is. Here is the link to their site: http://www.miyuki-beads.co.jp/english/seed/07_db01.html Hope this is the answer to your "problem" Good luck.