Beads may not belong to “textile”, strictly speaking, but I count them in here anyway, as they are a different component than metal.
I find it difficult to resist buying beads that I think would go well with metal, and I also look out for vintage necklaces with nice beads to use – as long as I don’t feel I’d ruin a great necklace, of course!
I have been sketching on some ways of using beads, focusing on shapes.
Some ideas look great on paper but don’t work in practice. For example, the effect of weight make them hang differently, or proportions don’t look right. I park them and trust that if the basic idea is good enough, I’ll find a way to deal with it later. I believe that good ideas don’t lose their value over time, and that the most persistent ones will come to life one day or another, after they’ve matured.