Suggested for an intermediate or advanced spinner.
A Glass E bead mix was used, they can be purchased from craft stores, but any type bead with a hole big enough to go around your singles will work. I had the 28gr bottle, and I used all of them. I would use more next time but the result is still very nice.
You can see here, that if you fasten the other end of the thread to the spool, you can just let the beads hang out while you thread on a few inches worth. To start with you may just want to put on one or two, after a few times, I found I could handle about three or four inches of beads.
Once you have some beads on the thread you are ready to transfer them onto your yarn. Join to your leader and spin a short length of yarn, try for a thin enough yarn that the bead will go on it easily.
Tear off your fiber supply and split the singles a short distance of one or two inches. Loop the thread around the yarn and down through the split.
Now treadle a few times, and spin the yarn and thread together nice and tight, but not over twisting. This is the easiest way I know of to get the beads on the yarn. There are other ways, and you can experiment with different methods if you like.
As you can see, the thread and fiber have combined into an imperceptible join that the beads will slide over very easily. Slide them on, and as long as your yarn isn't too big they should go on easily. If not, pull the short end of the loop of quilting thread out of the yarn, then you can pull the whole thing out of the yarn being careful not to spill the beads off the thread. Spin another foot of yarn, trying for a thinner run and join on the beads again.
Now you can just slide them up and onto the yarn.
Once the beads are on the actual yarn, you can gently pull the loop and remove the short end, then pull the whole thread from the fiber supply. It is a simple thing to rejoin the fiber supply and keep spinning. Push the beads up and out of the way, and join on the fiber and spin a length of yarn, without allowing it to take up on the bobbin. Now you need to space the beads out somewhat on your yarn. The orifice and hooks will snag the beads and bunch them up, or my wheel does this, but they are easily re-spaced when plied. Mostly you do this step now so that you get the proper amount of beads on the single and they are arranged along the length of it, even if they are somewhat herky squirky.
When you have a length of yarn, with beads arranged on it at your preferred distance, you can let the wheel take up the yarn. Remember that the beads will be bunched up on the bobbin and along the hooks, and that is ok right now. As long as they are passing through and going on the bobbin it's ok. You can space them out again when you ply the single.
So keep on spacing, sliding and spinning until you have run out of beads, then repeat the process with a new string of beads on the cotton quilting thread. Once you have spun your first singles you can spin a second one to ply with.
To ply beaded yarn, one easy way is to wind your plain single into a center pull ball with a ball winder or by hand. Put the other bobbin on a lazy Kate preferably with tension on your right side, and hold the ball in your off hand. Ply as usual but slide the beads into their preferred spot before allowing the twist to travel past the place you want the bead. I found the holding the ball in one hand and moving the beads with the other, that although it was a bit slower, it went along at a reasonable pace.
Hope you enjoy!