Making Twisted Fringe is easy, if you just follow these simple steps.
Time Required: 10 minutes per fringe
- 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.
- 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
- Fingertip moistener