How to Add a New Beading Thread for Picot

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    • 1). Cut a 2-foot long section of beading thread. Press one end of the thread into a container of beading beeswax. Hold your thumb over the thread while you gently pull the end and run the length of it through the wax.

    • 2). Thread 10 inches of the beading thread through the beading needle. The 10-inch length of the thread is the tail; the longer section is the working thread.

    • 3). Tie one size 11 or size 15 seed bead one inch from the end of the working thread. The bead will prevent the working thread from pulling through the existing beadwork. You can remove the bead after adding the picot edges. If you are tipping flowers or working with fabric, do not add the seed bead. Tie a knot at the end of the working thread if you are stitching picot edges onto fabric. Leave the working thread unknotted if you are tipping flowers.

    • 4). Insert the beading needle with the new thread through the first bead on the row where you are adding the picot. If you are tipping a flower, insert the needle through the bead at the tip end of the flower. If you are working with fabric, pass the needle back to front through the edge of the fabric. Pull the thread taut until the seed bead or knot stops it. Hold the end of the working thread if you are tipping flowers.

    • 5). Thread three 4mm bicone beads over the beading needle and slide them down the new thread to the edge of the project. If you are tipping flowers, use size 11 or size 15 seed beads; 4mm beads will be too large.

    • 6). Insert the beading needle through the next two adjacent beads in the row, or back through the flower tip bead or back through the fabric. Pull the thread taut. The three beads will form a triangle; this is the picot.

    • 7). Repeat Step 6 to add the picot edging along the length of the project. Skip to Step 8 if you are tipping flowers.

    • 8). Weave the beading thread through the beadwork to the beginning of the beading row. Tie the working thread to the thread between the size 15 seed bead and the bead row with a double overhand knot. Dot the knot with jeweler's glue. Remove the seed bead. If you're adding a picot edge to fabric, knot the working thread at the end of the picot trim. If you're tipping flowers, knot the working thread to itself as it exits the bead at the tip of the flower. Cover all of the knots with jeweler's glue.

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