Most off-loom beadweaving is performed with a single strand of thread that is not doubled over. To set up your needle and thread for single-strand beaweaving means to thread the needle and then fold over about six to eight inches of the thread. As you stitch beads, you need to hold the folded-over portion of the thread against the needle; this keeps the needle from falling off of the thread.
Why Use Single-Strand Thread?
Working with a single strand of thread makes it much easier to correct mistakes in your beadwork. If you realize that you've made a mistake, you can simply remove the needle from the thread and rip out some of your beadwork. With double-strand thread, this is usually impossible because the needle does not slide backward very well through stitched beads.
Tip: Some types of beading thread are less slippery than others, and less likely to accidentally slip off your single strand of thread. An example is Power Pro thread. If you're needle does slip off the thread, simply thread it back on and continue stitching.