Overhand Knot In Looped Fringe

You may find it helpful when working with two strands to secure both ends of the main beading strand to your work surface with masking tape. This keeps some tension in the thread and allows you to string up through the beads more easily.

You can make simple beaded strands or lace-pattern loops more decorative by adding beaded drops. For the best results, select a drop bead that is larger than the rest of the beads along the loop or strand.

1 At the location where you'd like to place a beaded drop, string on three beads: a larger-size bead, a smaller bead, and then a seed bead.

2 String back up through the smaller bead, and the larger bead, and then pull the strand taut.

3 Continue stringing on beads as required for your pattern.

Simple beaded fringe is made by using two strands of stringing material. One strand is the main beaded strand, and the other is used to string and attach the fringe. As with other techniques where two strands run through the same sets of beads, you may find it helpful to tape both ends of the main beaded strand to your work surface.

1 Beginning with a loosely beaded strand taped at both ends (the main beaded strand), string a second, unbeaded strand into the beads at one end, and bring it out where you would like to begin making fringe.

2 String on the beads that you've chosen to make the fringe to the desired length.

3 After stringing on the last fringe bead, string back up into the bead just before it, and then all the way back up the entire fringe piece.

4 Pull the fringe taut but not too tight, allowing the fringe to drape softly without exposing bare areas of thread or cord.

5 Keeping the fringe piece in that position, tie an overhand knot or a half-hitch knot around the top beaded strand to keep the fringe piece in place.

6 Thread into the main beaded strand to the point where you'd like to create the next fringe (at least one bead away from the previous fringe).

7 Repeat Steps 2-6 until you have the desired number of fringes.

8 Complete the second strand by stringing it through the remaining beads on the top strand.




i you create fringe using beading thread or very thin cord, you can finish nds with bead tips the same way you would with a single strand (see ter 2). Simply bundle the two strands together and treat them as one.

With looped fringe, beaded loops hang from the main beaded strand. String it using two strands of stringing material, just like you would for basic fringe. As with simple beaded fringe, you may find it helpful to tape both ends of the main beaded strand to your work surface.

1 Perform Step 1 of "Create Simple Beaded Fringe" on p. 98.

2 String on the beads that you've chosen to make the first fringe loop.

Q Pull the thread taut.

4 Thread back into the main beaded strand.

5 Bring the needle out where you would like to begin the second looped fringe.

6 Repeat Steps 2-5 until you have the desired number of looped fringes.

There are many different methods for making beaded tassels. This section covers two of the most popular, which share a common technique for making the tassel fringe. First make the fringe; then select either the end cone/end cap tassel-top method or the focal bead tassel-top method to complete your piece.


1 Tape a strand of thread or cord about 8 inches from one end.

2 Attach a needle to the other end, and string on all of the beads that you've chosen to make the first piece of tassel fringe to the desired length.

3 String back up into the bead just before the last bead you strung on in Step 2, and all the way back up the entire fringe piece.

4 Add the strand to the tape at the top of the fringe piece.

5 Trim the strand, leaving a 5- or 6-inch tail after the tape.

6 Repeat Steps 1-5 until you have completed the desired number of fringe pieces for your tassel.



1 Remove the tape from all fringe pieces, and thread the tails through the eye of an eye pin.

Note: If this proves difficult, open the head pin loop with chain nose pliers and twist the fringe tails together before placing them inside.

2 Use the tails to tie a secure overhand knot around the eye as close to the beads as possible.

3 After applying a drop of clear nail polish or glue to the completed knot, trim the tails down to 'A inch in length or shorter.

4 Thread the eye pin through an end cone or end cap as far as it will go.



This tassel is typically strung directly into a necklace through a focal bead. The bead's hole must be large enough to contain the knot at the top of the fringe and double the number of strands the necklace will have.

1 String the focal bead onto an unbeaded strand long enough to bead the desired length of necklace.

2 At the center point of the necklace, wrap the strand through a small carabiner or shower curtain ring, and thread it back up through the focal bead in the opposite direction.

3 Repeat Steps 1-2 for the desired number of necklace strands.

4 Remove the carabiner or curtain ring, leaving a loop of strands at the bottom of the focal bead.

You can create a beaded band by weaving a ladder of beads between two strands of cord. In the following steps, the thicker cord that makes up the bracelet or collar is referred to as the frame cord, and the thinner cord or thread used for weaving-in the beads is called the weaving cord. To create a one-piece cord frame for ladder beads, see "Make a Doubled Leather Cord Closure" on p. 186 in Chapter 6.

With this technique, always use an extra-long strand of weaving cord.

About 8 feet of waxed linen cord was used in the example bracelet.

1 Attach a needle to both ends of the weaving cord. If you're using actual cord, use a big eye needle. If you're using beading thread, use a beading needle.

2 String on a bead, and center it along the weaving cord.

3 Position the bead between both strands of the frame cord, close to one end, with the weaving cord beneath the frame cord on both sides.

4 Holding the bead in place with your fingers and thumb, pass one needle over the frame cord and back through the bead.

5 Pull the weaving cord taut.

6 Repeat Step 4 using the other needle, stringing back through the bead in the opposite direction.

7 Turn your work over, and make sure that the weaving cord strands are emerging from beneath the frame cords, not on top of them.

8 String a new bead using one needle, and position it a few inches away from the needle.

9 Now pass the other needle through the bead, in the opposite direction.

0 Gently pull both strands of weaving cord away from one another, sliding the bead all the way down into your work so that it is aligned beside the first bead.


! Holding the second bead in place with your thumb and fingers, pass one needle under the frame cord and back through the second bead, and pull taut.

© Repeat Step 11 using the other needle and passing through the bead in the opposite direction.

© Pull the weaving cord taut to secure the bead in place.

© Continue weaving-in beads until you reach the end of the bracelet.

% After stitching the final bead in place, pass one needle beneath the loop of weaving cord that wraps around the frame cord, adjacent to where the needle emerges from the bead.

© Make an overhand knot around the weaving cord.

& Optionally, apply a tiny drop of E6000 glue to the knot.

© Bring the needle underneath the frame cord and pass it back through the final bead one more time.

( Pull the weaving cord taut.

) Use sharp scissors or nippers to trim the weaving cord as close to the final bead as possible.

q Repeat Steps 15-20 with the other needle.



;xample uses a single row of long barrel beads for the ladder. You can se beads of other shapes, either singly or in multiples (stacks). Be sure ect beads with holes large enough for the weaving cord to pass through al times relatively snugly.

A completed bracelet with bamboo barrel beads and brown waxed linen weaving cord is shown here.

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