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How to Make a Picot Edge

A picot edge makes for a perfect embellishment to beaded focals. This type of beaded edge uses three beads in each flourish to create a unique fringe for your designs. This simple technique will add flair to your finished piece, catching the eye and drawing it toward that perfect cabochon or bead.

List of Components
  • Porcelain Round Dragonfly Cabochon (CAB-0127)
  • TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Frosted Trans-Rainbow Moss Green AB (TBRD8-180F)
  • TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Frosted Silver-Lined Light Gold (TBRD11-22F)
  • Swarovski 5000 4mm Faceted Round Chrysolite Opal (5000-CHO4)
  • Swarovski 5328 6mm XILION Bicone Pacific Opal (5328-PACOP6)
  • The BeadSmith 12 Short Beading Needles 12-Pack (NEED-11)
  • Lacy's Stiff Stuff 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Inch Single Sheet (LSS-001)
  • Nymo D Bobbin Turquoise (NYD-TQ)
We started off by creating a beaded edge for our project using the brick stitch technique. See our Brick Stitch Technique Handy Tip for more information on how to do this. The Picot edge will be added to the brick stitch edge.When the row of the brick stitch edge is finished, bring your needle out of the last bead and thread three beads onto the needle.Bring the needle back inside the next bead over on the brick stitch edge.
Pull on your thread so that the bead in the middle of your thread is on top of the other two.Bring your needle through the next bead over in the brick stitch edge and repeat steps one through four to make a picot edge all the way around the row.When finished, take your needle through several beads in the rows below to secure the thread. Cut the thread and your picot edge is complete!

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