The other day while I was at a sporting goods shop I was taken by a small display right by the shop counter. It had these really cute and fuzzy looking colorful balls lined up in tiny little rows that at first glance looked like beads to me.
Of course, they weren’t beads at all, but since I don’t do fly fishing to me they looked like beads. The man at the counter told me that they were trout eggs. Trout eggs are yarn egg flies made out of this fuzzy bright colored bug yarn used in the art of fly tying. I was instantly planning how one could make earrings using these neat findings! I then got really interested in how these crafty balls were actually made and started watching youtube videos of fly fishermen tying these fascinating “bugs”. It does seem to have many similarities to beading and jewelry making, various small specialty tools, strong nylon thread (like fireline) and a neat looking vise where the hook is held while the egg (or fly) is tied on it. There are also many small beads used for eyes and heads, and many colorful, shiny and fuzzy materials.
The variations on these flies are endless, they come in all colors, shapes and sizes. The actual bugs look very realistic and are made with all kinds of specialty “parts”, wings, legs, hair, eyes, body fur, and so on. The names of these materials sound so exciting – krystal flash, holographic mylar, fluoro fiber, ice dub chenille, pearl mirage flashback tinsel, shimmer fringe, gliss ‘n glow!
What if you tried tying something similar using wire or a headpin instead of the hook? And why couldn’t you use any type of thread, as long as it’s thin enough? I want to try this technique to see if it could work for bead making.
Oftentimes one expects that beads used for jewelry making are made out of glass, acrylic (plastic), gemstones, clay or wood. You think of the “soft” materials less often, yarns, wool, fabric, paper and so on. Beads can be made out of yarn, wool can be used to make felt beads, fabric can be used in various ways, sometimes tied into beads with yarns or glued into shapes. The options are endless, and it offers so many opportunities for exploring!