Monday, November 1, 2010

How To Make Twisted Fringe

Making Twisted Fringe is easy, if you just follow these simple steps.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 10 minutes per fringe
Here's How:

Pass the needle out of the bead in the base row, where ever you want the fringe to begin.
Add all the beads for one side of the fringe.
Add your "bottom beads". It helps if there is at least one larger bead (4 - 5 mm) at the bottom of the fringe, especially when you are just starting out.
Pass back through the "bottom beads" and add the beads for the other side of the fringe.
Setting the piece near the edge of a table, let your needle dangle over the edge of the table. Wax the free side of the thread to keep the needle in place.
Holding the thread close to the end of the seed beads you just added, begin twisting. Using a fingertip moistener from the office supply store will help tremendously.
Start the twist at the first joint of your index finger, and roll the thread towards the tip of the finger. Do this 4 or 5 times.
Holding the thread near the beads, let the dangling needle untwist itself, to keep it from tangling. Make remaining twists.
Pass back through the top bead or the next open place on your base row. The fringe will twist on to itself, and should hold.
Pull the thread taunt, but not too hard. Pass out of the nest bead in the base row and start from Step One again.
Tips:

Wax the top few inches of thread to keep the needle from slipping during the dangling.
Use your left hand to twist and your right had to pinch and hold the thread, if you are righthanded.
Reverse Tip 2 if you are left handed.
Rolling the thread is the fastest and easiest way to get the twists in place.
Use the same number of twists on each fringe. Practice really does make perfect!
What You Need:

Fringe Beads
Fringe Thread
Beeswax
Fingertip moistener
Needle

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