To add a new thread or color, first weave the end of the old thread back through three to four previous rows by passing the needle vertically along a warp thread. Cut your old thread off where it comes out of the woven section. Next, thread your needle with a new thread. Just to the side where you wish to begin weaving again, pass the needle through three to four rows of weaving. Leave a 1/2 inch tail to be clipped off later. (Photos 108 and 109.)
When the weaving is completed, clip any remaining ends, remove the pins and try your necklace on! If the threads are packed correctly, the necklace should not change shape. (Photo 110)
109. Begin a new thread by passing the needle along a warp and through 3 to 4 rows of a woven section. Be sure to continue the same over/under pattern of weaving.
108. Bury the tail of your yarn by passing the threaded needle along a warp thread into the woven part.
Finishing Your Necklace: The Support And Closure
The support and the closure are the parts of the necklace which allow it to hang around the neck. There are an endless variety of ways to create supports and closures and several possibilities are explained below. Since it is important that the support relate to the rest of the necklace, it is a good idea to reserve some beads and threads for this finishing. It is also a good idea to make the support in such a way that the length of the necklace is adjustable so that it can be worn with different garments. Here are some ways to make supports.
Support and Closure for Pendant Shapes:
(Necklace patterns Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 11 are pendant-shaped.)
There are many different ways that supports and closures can be added to your necklace. I have described five of them below.
1. You may attach your necklace to a metal neck ring or a chain by overcasting the two together with matching thread. First pass the needle between a pair of warp threads, then around the ring or chain, and then again through the next pair of warp threads. Alternatively, stitch the necklace onto a metal ring covered with tubular cord or wrapped with related threads.
2. String one or more strands of beads on your weft threads and attach these strands to your necklace. (Because your weft threads will probably be thicker than your warp threads, you may require beads with larger holes.) Braid the ends for an adjustable support. To attach the threads, pull them through the top of a warp pair with a crochet hook before braiding. You can make a three strand braid with six strands, by treating two strands as one.
3. Attach two or more strands of weft threads to your necklace by looping them around the warp threads at the edge of your necklace, pulling them through with a crochet hook. Braid these threads. Pin the ends of the warp threads to the board for tension. (See Figure 23.)
4. Attach a beaded woven support: To do so, string new warp threads of the desired length through the tops of warp pairs. String beads on these new warps and weave around the beads in a pattern which is in keeping with the rest of your necklace. (While weaving,
111. Warp extensions with beads.
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