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The Extra Hints and Stuff
Here is a trick for getting around beads that are too tight to go through with your needle.
There you are, going along adding beads “4 on 4”, you’ve added your 4 beads and count down 4 on the previous row, and you can’t get your needle through that first bead! (Highlighted in the illustration)
Here is what to do.
Take off 2 of the beads, and add the first 2 beads “2 on 2”.
Then add the next 4 beads in that row, and add them “4 on 4”, which allows you to skip going through that bead that was too tight.
Then add the next 2 beads in the row “2 on 2”, which will put you back at your “4 on 4” spot.

About adding hooks, or anything that has a loop on the end that you want to attach a necklace, bracelet or earring to.

So you are at the end of a necklace or something (represented by the blue beads).

1. Add: 3 beads go through the connecting loop in the hook and add 3 more beads.

2. Go back through the 3 beads before the hook, the hook, and then back through the 3 beads after the hook.
3. Go back through all 6 of those beads and the hook again….just for good measure!!!
then go back into your necklace strand to tie off your thread or do more beading.

About earring wires/hooks.

Kidney Wires

Kindney Wire Earrings

When you are making earrings, if you are using the kidney wires to the left, then you can add them after you make the earrings.
If you are using the French hook to the right, you want to incorporate the hooks in while you are working the earrings. There is a closed loop on the French hooks. If you try and open the loop sometimes they will break. I like the French hooks myself, you just have to work with them differently.
French Hooks

French Hook Earring Wires

About how to add beads to fabric, like little white pearls on a wedding dress.

So in these illustrations let the blue line stand as the fabric and the red lines as your thread.

Example A: If you are adding a string of beads in a line, start with a long thread, say 3 feet or more, with a little knot at the end. Go through the fabric where you want the beads to start. Go through your first bead, then go through the same amount of fabric as the length of the bead. This stitch should be going back toward where you started. Now go back through that bead again.
DO NOT go through the fabric again before you add the next bead if you want them to appear in a string.
Go through your next bead, then go through the same amount of fabric as the length of the bead. Now go back through that bead again.
Keep repeating that until you have the string of beads complete.

Example B: Now if you just want to add a bead in the middle of a lace flower or just here and there, in other words not in a string. If you have lots of beads to add, start with a pretty long thread, say 3 feet or more. DO NOT tie a knot in the end. Go up through the fabric, then go through the bead, then go through the same amount of fabric as the length of the bead. Pull your thread so there is just about 2 inches of thread left on the end under the fabric. Go through the bead again and down through the fabric.
Example C: Tie a square knot, and cut off the thread.
This may seem like a time consuming way to do this, but it makes each bead stand up, and it keeps the fabric from bunching.

This tip applies to sweep type necklaces or single strand necklaces.

I used to add the strands as in example #1 by starting at one side adding all the beads in the strand and then connecting it at the other side. Then doing the same thing for the next strands.

I have found that if you start from both sides and split the amount of beads in the middle. As in example #2 Start from either top piece.
Add the beads down to the middle, go around a pencil and then back through all of the beads you just added, and move to the next row. Then start from the other top piece. Add the beads down to the middle, go through the thread that is around a pencil and then back through all of the beads you just added and move to the next row.
It is much easier to control the beads, get the strand tighter, and I think it is less likely to make a twist mistake.

I've never had much trouble threading needles, but I know that some people do, so here is my beading tip!
Threading your needle is easier when you cut the thread with sharp scissors at an angle. You can’t always see the angle cut, but it will make a difference when threading the needle.
If you are having trouble threading your needle, try turning the needle around, so you are threading from the other side of the hole. Needle holes are punched, so one side of the hole can be smoother than the other! Which makes one side easier to thread.

I usually pull the end of my thread through my teeth or finger nails to flatten the end of the thread also.  I say if you are having troubles, try any and every trick until you find what works for you!


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