Changing Colors

To make a color change, slide the beads away from the stitches and cut the yam. leaving a 6-in. (15cm) tail. Make one more chain stitch (no bead) and pull the tal through the loop on the hook to tie oil the thread. Slide any beads that remain on the ball of yarn away from the cut end and string the next bead sequence

To join the new yam. insert the hook under tlie last bead added. Fold the new yarn about 3 ¡n. (7.6cm) from the cut end. Grab the new yarn at the fold and pull the loop through to the ¡aside of the crochet tube. Make a chain stitch (no bead), catching the yam's working end and Cut end. Pul tlx) cut end until it comes ¡oose. You wrfl have two loose ends in the center of the tube. Work a few rows lo make sure the new pattern is correct, then use a su'geon's knot (Basics) to tic the two ends tightly together inside the tube. Trim the ends about . m. (?cm) from the knot Continue in bead slip-stitch until the tube is the desired length.

rhon go through a lv.nl .i few stitches away. (Thty should Ix; opposite each other), Go hack through the 8mm head (photo b). Repeat wirh the other needle to connect the second tube, "lighten tin- yarn so the tube«. press up against the 8mm Ivad (photo c).

3] Repeat twice, going through different heads each time. [4] Repeat to connect the remaining tubes into a continuous rope.

Toggle

[1 ] ( enter a needle on 2 yd. ! 1.8m; of Silamide and work with doubled thread. Pick up 12 cylinder beads and go through them again to form a ring. Slip the ring onto a knitting needle or other cylinder.

[2] Work m tubular peyote (Basics.

p. 10) until the toggle is about the same length as the donut's outer diameter. Keep the tension very tight. Secure borh tails in the stitches and trim.

[3] Thread the needle with I yd. (,9m) of Silamide, pick up a i> . ami go through it again in the same direction. Sew through the peyote tube, lodging the (■> in the tube's center.

[4] String a hicone and a h' . Turn, and go back through the hicone and the tube. Repeat on the other end of the tube (photo d).

5 Sew through the bicones and toggle several times to anchor the beads to the ends ol the toggle. Secure the tails in the stitches and trim.

Bead caps

[1 ] I bread a needle with 2' to 5 yds. (2.3-2.7m) of Silamide. Pull the ends so one side is S m. shorter than the other. [2] Pick up eight l 5"s and slide them to

(> in. (l 5cm) from the end of the longer thread, (io through the beads again to form a ring. Tighten the thread and maintain a tight tension (figure 4. a-b). ROW 1 Itegiu working in Wlbele herringbone (Basics). Pick up two beads and go through the next two beads. Repeat, picking up lour pairs of beads in this row (b-c).

ROW 2 "\djlist your needle and thread so the tail extends about I inch (2.5cm) below the last bead you've gone through. (You now will be working with doubled thread.) Go through the first bead added in the previous row. pick up two heads, and go through the second bead of the pair (c-d). Pick up one bead and go through the first ix-ad of the next pair. Repeat until you've picked up the last single bead (d-e). ROW 3 I o step up and start the row. go through the first bead in rows I and 2 (e-f). Work as in row 2. but add two beads between each pair instead of one (f-g).

ROWS 4-6 Step up to start each row as bclore (g-h). Pick up rwo beads and go through rhe next bead. Go through the lirst bead of the new pair added in the previous row. pick up rwo beads, and go through the next bead. Continue around rhc circle. I he bead cap will bey in to take on its cup shape in the sixth round (h-i).

ROW 7 Repeat Row f>. bur pick up one bead between each pair of beads (i-j). ROW 8 Pick up one head instead of two and go back through the second bead i>i the pair. Pick up one bead and go through the next bead. Repeat around the circle (j-k)- Reinforce the bead cap by sewing up and down each stack of beads. Weave in and trim the mils. •3} Make a second head cap.

Finishing

! 1] Working on either end <>i the rope, weave the remaining rail into the tube. Thread a beading needle on 2 yd. (I.Xini of crochet cotton fit using #30) or Silamide and anchor it in the tube. String a bead cap. an X seed bead, and enough I l"s to circle the edge of your douut. C.o back through the X- and the bead cap. tighten the thread, and secure it in the rube (photo e). 2 Go hack through the bead cap and X'. string another loop of 11's around the domic, and go back through the X- and bead cap. Secure the thread. Reinforce the loops by making .it least one more pass through these beads. "31 f'o finish the other end. thread a tapestry needle on the tube's tail. Sew through the eye oi the eyi pin to secure it in the tube. Trim the tail. [4] Tliread a bead cap and several X"* onto the wire. Make a wrapped loop (basics) next to the end bend (photo f). 5] Make a short chain using one or more split rings and attach them to the loop. Make sure the length of the toggle connection is ar least half the length ol the toggle bar.

[6] Stitch the end split ring securely to the center of the toggle (photo g). O

¡.¡>hia is the author of Bead Crochet lewelry (S<htffer rublisbiNg, 20() il. Contact her at < 101 > 439-267V or lehman lindaQhotmail.coni.

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