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Finishing Off and Adding Thread for Bead Weaving
When bead weaving, it is important to know the proper technique for finishing thread when you are at the end of your project. This technique also becomes a life-saver when your thread is too short to continue in the middle of your projects. If you have to finish off your thread in the middle of a project, you will also need to know how to add thread to continue. This Handy Tip will teach you both techniques.
With your thread exiting out of an end bead, weave the needle through the end bead in the previous row. Take your needle through a few more beads in the design.
To form a knot around an existing thread, weave the needle through to the back side of the project and then back through to the front, making sure the needle goes around an existing thread between the beads (these are the threads running the length of the project). Pull the thread through until a small loop forms. Then, weave the needle through the loop to create the knot.
Pull the knot tight around the existing thread.
To finish off the thread, weave the needle through a few more beads.
Switch direction and weave through a few more beads in the project to secure the tail of the thread.
Trim the tail close to the surface of the beads so that it is not noticeable. By starting and stopping the threads in the body of the weave rather than the edges, you are less likely to cut existing threads and the knots will be less visible.
To add a new thread, bring the needle through a bead somewhere in the middle of your project and weave the thread through a few more beads. Be sure to leave the tail exposed.
Knot your thread as you did in Step 2.
Weave the thread through a few beads in the opposite direction.
Change direction and weave towards the end bead where you left off. Position your needle so that it is exiting out of the end bead.
Your thread will be positioned to add the next bead and you can continue weaving.