Adding and Ending
Thread When Beading

Adding and Ending Thread When Beading. . .Step by step instructions with photos help you learn these essential techniques.

Ending Thread When Beading

Before you add more thread, end your working thread.

To end a thread, make sure that your thread is coming out of a bead that is on the last row and is on the edge of your beading.

Step 1: Work the thread back into the beadwork in a zigzag fashion, careful to go back through the beads so that the thread doesn't show.

Adding Thread to Beading 1

Step 2: Tie a half hitch knot: Hook the tip of the needle under the thread between the beads.

Adding Thread to Beading 2

Step 3: Pull the working thread until a small loop forms. From behind, insert the needle through the loop. Pull the needle and working thread taut all the way through the loop. You have tied a half hitch knot.

Adding Thread to Beading 3

Step 4: In a zigzag fashion, continue to work the thread down into the beadwork tying a half hitch knot as you go.

Repeat this 4 or 5 times.

When you have tied the last knot zig zag down into the beadwork a couple more times. Then, using scissors, cut the excess thread close to the beadwork (not pictured).

Don't ever cut too close to a knot. It may come undone over time.

Adding Thread to Beading 4

What to Do With the Stop Bead and Tail Thread

Once you end the working thread, if your beadwork is the length that you want, remove the stop bead and work the tail thread into the beadwork as done in Steps 1 - 4.

If you need to continue to add rows to the beadwork leave the stop bead and tail thread in place and add more thread as described below.

Adding Thread When Beading

Step 5: Down into the beadwork somewhere below the last bead added (top yellow bead on the left), insert the needle diagonally through two beads.

Adding Thread to Beading 5

Step 6: Pull the thread through the two beads leaving a tail about 6 inches (15.24 cm) long.

Adding Thread to Beading 5

Step 7: Tie a half hitch knot (see Steps 2 and 3).

Adding Thread to Beading 7

Step 8: In a zigzag fashion, continue to work the thread up into the beadwork tying a half hitch knot as you go. You want to head towards the last bead added (top yellow bead on the left).

Adding Thread to Beading 8

Step 9: Once you reach the last bead added, go through it ready to pickup a bead, skip a bead and go through the next up bead to continue stitching.

Adding Thread to Beading 9

Adding and Ending Thread When Beading

Okay, now you know how to add and end thread in beadwork. (Yay! I'm adding and ending thread when beading.)

It's an essential skill to know. If you don't do it, in some cases your beads will fall off your beading thread.

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