If you remember my blog ‘Weaving an Oldie but a Goodie’ from a full month ago. I was weaving a replacement scarf for one that wasn’t really successful, but still much worn! I loved the overall pattern of the scarf and I loved the seed beaded fringe. I truly loved the bead sequence and overall look, so I wanted to re-use them on the replacement scarf.
I finished weaving new the scarf in pretty good time and then I cut the Japanese glass beads from the old scarf ready to add to the new one.
The first thing I did was carefully cut each of the bead groupings from the old scarf and slide them onto these long thin quilting pins.
I made sure that both sets of beads were identical because after dropping a few, they were a little bit out. I tried to keep them in sequence at all times.
Every time I picked up one of the pins I lost a couple of beads, especially off of the really long groupings. I got this strip of ‘Fun Tac’ and jabbed them in, and that kept them corralled! As an aside I use a strip of ‘Fun Tac’ to affix my treadling sequence to my loom; it keeps it right at eye level and doesn’t mark the loom; this stuff is useful!
Before I actually started to sew the beads in place I did a dry run to make sure I had the spacing perfect. I really didn't want to get it wrong and have to re-do them.
I thought I’d show you the needle that I used. This is an ‘Easy Eye’ needle from Germany, and as well as being very thin, it is sharp at both ends and the needle eye runs the complete length of the needle, seriously it’s the biggest eye I've ever seen in a needle!
I sew the beads on the scarf starting from right to left and I make sure I lock the thread very securely several times between each group. The thread itself is hidden within the hemstitching.
You can check out more on beading on the Tips and Tutorial page at the top of the post.
Here is the final fringe, it’s at this point that I’ll admit to adding two extra beads to each of the strands for added length....so pretty!
The final beauty shot of my lovely new scarf; this really is a lovely addition to my wardrobe, with just the perfect amount of bling for me!