1. Cut two lengths ol beading thread, each approxi match 2 yards (2.29 in) long. 1 bread each length onto its own needle; this method i^ worked double thread, so move the needles to the centers lo produce double slr.uuls.

2. With one ol the two needles, stitch up from the back side through the backings to the top side. Insert the needle below the edge bead that is under the spacing for the bead row to be added. Leave a tail approximately 9 inches (22.9 cm) long. Stitch up through the edge bead (blue, figure H).

3. Repeat step 1 with the other thread on the other side (red, figure 8)

Cabochor. Mexican lace agate Sv/ei; Standard Edge: Raw

Attachment: Top bail ladder

Cabochon■ Mahogany obsidian Bezel: Standard fTdytv Points and bingo Mini hmrnt: Top bail laddei

Cu6oc'io;»i Mustard jasper Oof of: Standard Eir/go: Pointed

Affar/i/mwif; Top bail ladder

4. Add three beads onto the first needle (blue, fig lire 8). Position rhr- brads to he on top of the heads in the previous row.

5. Take the other needle and stitch through the three beads just added (red, figure 8). lake rhe two ends and pull ami adjust the bead positions (figure 9).

figure 8

figure 9

6. Repeat steps 4 and j until you have the desired length for the bail It is wise to test that the bail will lit over the brads you intend to use lor vour necklace before you finish the bail.

7- To complete rhe loop for the bail, take one of the needles and stitch through the beads in the second added row. Repeat on the other side with the other needle. Pull on the threads to create the bail loop. Then, using one needle, stitch down to rhe first row, but only to the. middle bead, not .ill the way through the row. From the front side, stitch (Jown into the edge bead. Stitch into the backings to bring

The needle ro the hack side (figure 10), Repeat on the oilier side.

figure 10

figure 9

figure 10

8. On the back side, lie a square knot wilh the thread in the two needles. Weave the ends into the backing and cut the threads. Thread needles onto the tail ends, tic a square knot on each side, weave in the ends, and cut.

9. To add a necklace, the- strand as usual. If the bail is large enough to lit over all the beads, von can simply slip the pendant on after you've finished stringing. If not, von'I! need to put the pendant in the center as you're stringing the necklace.

Variation: This method can easily be adapted to create a beaded cabochon ring. Simplv create tin-strip as long as needed for the ritw size. histead ol looping the strip around to create a bail, attach the end of the strip to the other side of the cabochon to create the i ing.

Cabochon; Brecciated jasper tiszel; Standard Edge. Fringe Attachment: Top loop
Cabochon; White avontunne Bezel: Picot Edge: Fringe Attachment. Top loop

Cabochon; H.mdblown glass Ocveh Bead-raisec. Ftirjv! Fringe

AHetchmani. Top loop

Cabochon; H.mdblown glass Ocveh Bead-raisec. Ftirjv! Fringe

AHetchmani. Top loop

Top Loop Method

I his method not onlv provides a useful \\a\ to attach a necklace, but it also adds a wonderful design element. The pendant is floated on the necklace so that it can slide across the necklace, allowing more freedom of movement than othei methods Necklace-beading techniques such as tubular peyote are especially attractive in combination with this particular attachment.

The instructions are l'or a si>-bead-wide loop, three on each sub .These instructions also assume that the center is between tv\o beads on the top. The number of loops to use i^ a design decision and can be two or more; just alter ti e instructions below as needed to create the number of loops vou want for vour project.

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