AIMR, about using the seed beads on projects...if I'm using a container that has all the same colored beads that I want to use for a project, I just run the needle thru the pile of beads till one happens to go on the needle. I usually get more than one bead on the needle doing that but I just slide it off (I knot after every bead.). Maybe that will help?
That's actually the best/easiest way to do it for general beading when it comes to seed beads. They are a bit of a pain, no matter what you are doing with the little buggers!
I was thinking perhaps making a line of them and then weaving the thread between them...but that wouldn't necessarily be as secure... HMMM *mumbles to self, wanders off to find the seed beads and some thread*