Tacky BOB

Nancy Combs 2005

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Tacky BOB

I walked into my Needlework shop one day and the owner was using a "thingy" for the beads she was using in a Cross Stitch piece. I got pretty excited about the "thingy". She was easily picking up her beads with her beading needle and, they weren't rolling all over the place!

This little "thingy" is called a Tacky BOB (Box Of Beads), it intrigued me so I got one to play with for myself.

This is one of the most useful tools I have found for needlework that includes beading. I really like it's composition and the user friendly way it is made. It looks like a smaller version of a CD Jewel Case. When opened it has two sides that are coated with a tacky substance that really holds the beads in place. There is also a magnetic strip along one side for your needles


The case outer bottom has a foam layer that keeps Tacky BOB from slipping around while you are working.

In using my Tacky BOB, I found that it's better to put just a small number of each color of beads you are using on the acid-free tacky surface. It will hold all sizes of beads from the petite to larger accent beads.   

It is so handy to be able to close it up when you have to stop what you are working on for a time and when you are ready to work on your project again your needles and beads are right there, ready for you to use.

  The cases come in a variety of patterns and colors so you can coordinate the case with the project or color of the beads being used. 

I'm also pleased that it is made in Dallas, Texas by The Flying Needle, a small company that uses local workers. It should be available in your local needlework shop. If not, ask them to order it for you or order directly from The Flying Needle. The company gives this warning:

Cats are stuck on Tacky BOB!

I don't think you will be disappointed.

The Flying Needle

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