I stitched up a piece in "twisted tubular herringbone" using 6 beads around. The problem is that the tube tends to deflate or collapse in on itself. Anyone else have this problem? What can I do to make it more stiff?
I'm making an amulet bag for someone who loves poodles.
Does anyone here know where I can find a flat peyote pattern of a poodle. It doesn't have to be an intricate pattern. Any basic poodle pattern would do. Nothing fancy. Could be the whole body or just the head - doesn't matter.
What's your favorite beadweaving thread? Why? Do you use different thread for different types of projects?
I'll start......my 2 favorite threads are Fireline and Silamide.
I like fireline because it is very strong and doesn't break with crystals. I like Silamide because it's softer than fireline which is better for netting, yet doesn't stretch and is prewaxed, unlike nymo (and it's cheaper than fireline!).
I use silamide for netting and fireline for everything else. Except, on earrings I use silamide because earrings don't get stressed much compared to bracelets and necklaces.
**(Although.....I'm about to do a netting bracelet/necklace set with some charlottes that I absolutely LOVE and don't want to lose with breakage. So I'm trying to figure out if I should use the Silamide for it's drape....or the fireline for it's strength...ugh. If anyone could offer advice on this, it would be greatly appreciated)
This is a question regarding off-loom beadweaving (peyote, square, brick, net stitch etc.)......
I've heard that stitching with bugle beads is rough on the thread and causes the thread to eventually wear down/break. I've read that one solution to this is to place a seed bead before and after the bugle when you stitch it. That's great and I plan to do so......but my question is ---- which thread is strong enough to endure any bugle bead cutting? I typically use silamide in my beadweaving, but am considering fireline or powerpro when using bugles. What do you think?
I'm going to attempt a bracelet and necklace using "net stitch". I'm thinking of using Fireline for its strength. But have read that Silamide or Nymo will make the netting drape nicer. So I'm confused. For those of you experienced at the net stitch, which type of thread would you recommend?
On some beadweaving patterns, the instructions say to burn the thread at the end of the project. What does this mean? Taking a lighter to the end of the thread? And why do this? Does it effectively seal off the finishing?