Twisted Fringe

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1. To get into position to start working twisted fringe, weave your needle so that you are exiting the bottom edge bead of your beadwork. If your thread is not long enough, attach a new thread in the body of the beadwork and weave down so that you are exiting a bottom edge bead.

Pick up the number of beads you want for your fringe, plus two. I used 14 beads for the body of my fringe, for a total of 16 beads.

Skip the last bead and pass needle back through the next bead.

2. Pick Up the Second Leg of Beads

Pick up an additional 14 seed beads.

3. Twist the Thread With Your Fingers

Twist the thread by rolling it several times between your thumb and forefinger. You should see the beads start to twist around each other when you lay the second set of beads down against the first. Do not let go of the thread as you secure the fringe in the next step - if you do, the twist may come undone and the fringe will not twist.

As you work, the thread will twist easier. For this reason, I usually recommend using a nylon-based beading thread such as Nymo or Silamide when working twisted fringe.

This is the trickiest part of working twisted fringe, but it does get easier as you practice.

4. Secure the Fringe in the Body of the Beadwork

To secure the fringe, pass needle up through the next bead in the bottom edge of the beadwork where you originally exited. Pull snugly. You may have to untangle a few knots in your thread as you pull your thread.

To get into position to add the next leg of fringe, simply pass needle down through the next bead in the bottom edge of the beadwork.

This is a tricky style of fringe to master. You may have to practice a bit before you get the hang of twisting the thread and holding the twist in place as you secure the thread. The results are well worth it.

5. Tips and Hints for Working Twisted Fringe

•I generally recommend using a nylon based beading thread such as Nymo or Silamide to work this type of fringe.

•The best way to master this type of fringe is to practice!

•It sometimes helps to have a larger or heavier bead at the bottom of the fringe to weigh it down so that the twist holds itself in place. To do this, string the number of seed beads desired for the body of the fringe, and then pick up a 4mm bead (a gemstone, crystal or fire polished bead work well) and then another seed bead. Skip the seed bead, pass needle through the 4mm bead, and continue to add the rest of the beads for the fringe.

•Twisted fringe can look especially beautiful when done in strands of graduating length, working from short strands to long strands.


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