Tools And Materials

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-('.-' 'i 1« f 'it this technique some crystal beads r- alongside bugle and seed beads.

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.1/ Hi.- Ubrn 'ml flat on the working surface, with the edge you wish to fringe closest to you. ! i f eriuii i..-•«-.'!-. irj t,e hemmed, so If you are not iMiiv, .1 ready-mad« item, add a roughly 2 Inch CScrii» hfin Using a ruler, place pins in the [VAitiorr, lor tvich fringe for this example the pins i i-»e. iieen pt-n ad ' inch (1cm) apart.

rOOl c. AND MATERIALS

Beaded fringing

Decorative fringing can enhance household items such as cushions, curtains, and throws, and create stunning effects when applied to clothing and fashion accessories.

You can choose to apply any length of fringe depending on the look required In this exam a beaded fringe has been added to a vwrt

3 Thread a long beading needle » " about 2 yards (2m) of beading thread. Take the needle down through the edge of the fabric and secure the thread with a double knot.

i Praci«:e threading on beads in a range of patterns urlii you are happy with the overall look. You may need to do this several limes. The inclusion of crystal beads here gives added weight to the fnnge. making it drape nicely.

■ ■ i i linn fringes in the same way. You can »st the same beading pattern each time, or ink' , ^r to each fringe. You could add more ' , i «••>. <M,:h fringe to create a point in tf. enter; pist count the number of pins so you know where the center fringe should be.

5 To return, skip 1he last three beads and thread the needle up through the remaining beads until you reach the fabric once again As you do this, be aware of "the dangle factor" too loose and the beading thread will show between the fabric and the fringe, too tight and the beaded fringe will appear buckled and will not hang well.

6 Take the needle back into the hem of the fabric Working on the wrong side of the fabnc, use tiny running stitches along the hem to take you to the next pin position.

8 To complete the look, sew back along the very edge of the fabric— usmg the original seam machine stitching as a guide when working on a ready-made item—adding a size 8, a size 6, and a size 8 seed bead between each fringe drop. This finishes the fringe ofl perfectly.

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Working with thongs

A few special beads on a thong (a strip especially of leather, hide, or cotton) make a simple piece of beaded jewelry that is likely to be the first item a novice make» chooses. These can be finished in different ways with beads, knots, or fasteners and findings

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