This tutorial walks through the process of converting a length of loomed beadwork into a mini amulet bag. The bag measures about 0.75 inch wide and just under 2 inches long (including the fringe) when complete.
Please click on any image below for a full-size view.
1. Gather Your Materials
You'll need the following quantities of seed beads to complete the Amanda Pastel bag and its fringe:
- About 2.05 grams of size 11/0 Miyuki Delicas in opaque luster salmon (A)
- About 0.8 of opaque pumpkin (B)
- About 0.65 of opaque luster chartreuse (C)
- About 0.75 gram of opaque luster dark pewter (D)
- 26 Toho 3mm magatama beads in gold-lustered green tea (E)
2. Complete the Pattern
3. Fold the Beadwork
Begin by folding up both ends of the beadwork into a mini purse configuration. Exactly where you make folds is up to you. You can make a larger bag portion with a smaller front flap, or a smaller bag with a larger flap.
4. Begin a New Thread
Pull and cut a few feet of beading thread, and thread the needle.
Weave the thread into the beadwork near the bottom row on the back of the bag, leaving a protruding two-inch tail.
Click on the image on the left to see the path I used to weave my thread (in blue). Because the cylinder beads in the pattern are so close together, I did not need to make any half-hitch knots along the way.
Bring the thread out through the last bead in the bottom row.
5. Pass Beneath Two Warp Threads
Pass the needle down beneath the warp thread that exits the bead that your thread is currently exiting. Then pass down beneath the opposing warp thread on the edge of the beadwork, and pull the thread gently taut.
6. Pass Beneath the Next Two Warps
Pass beneath the next two warp threads on the edge of the beadwork, in the same direction. Pull the thread gently taut again.
7. Stitch to the Top of the Bag
Continue this process, making each stitch in the same direction, to join this entire side of the bag. Stop when you reach the place where the top flap begins.
8. Weave Through to the Other Side
Pass through all of the beads in the top row on the front side of the bag, and pull the thread gently taut.
9. Complete the Other Side and Weave-In
Stitch to join the other side of the back, working your way down the edge of the beadwork. Use the same technique you used on the first side of the bag.
When you reach the bottom, weave-in the thread and use a thread burner to trim it close to the beadwork.
10. Begin a New Thread
Pull and cut another strand of FireLine that is about an arms' span long, or slightly shorter. Thread the needle and weave the thread into the front side of the bag the same way you wove-in to begin the previous thread.
Navigate to one of the bottom corners of the bag, and bring the needle out there.