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Topic: Help! How to keep beads from sliding around and how to tie off cotton thread?  (Read 1247 times)
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« on: April 30, 2014 07:08:21 PM »

I make barefoot sandals [basically toe and anklets in one] like this one here:

I'm new to crochet and beading. Basically new to crafts like these in general. It's a chain stitch out of cotton thread. I tried burning the end to keep the knot but that didn't work. What's a fail-safe way to keep a knot from coming undone? I thought about using super glue but I think that would look cheap.
Also sometimes my beads will fall off the end over the knot. Is the only way to prevent this to make a bigger knot?
Finally, if I want to slide beads over the entire chain stitch, how can I keep them in place?

Thanks so much!!
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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2014 06:12:46 AM »

When you say knot, do you mean a knot in the design or a knot in the cotton thread to hold the beads on until you crochet the design - like the ties at the end?

If you mean the beads at the ends where the ties are, then I would say that likely you need to tie a large knot, or use smaller beads to end it and hold the larger ones on.  As for making your knots more secure, have you tried using something like Thread Heaven, or bees wax to condition the ends and then help to get a tighter knot?  What kind of knot are your tying?

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