Finishing Beadwork
How to add clasps, fringe and embellishments.

Clasps

Attaching Ordinary Clasps

If the clasp you are using has small holes, and can be attached directly to the beadwork:

1) Exit the beadwork where you would like the one half of the   clasp.                                                                                                                                        2) Pick up 3 or more seed beads (enough to make the clasp the desired length).
3) Pick up one half of the clasp and an equal number of beads as in step 2.
4) Stitch back into the beadwork.
5) Stitch back into the clasp, retracing the thread path at least once more.  This will add strength.
6) Weave through the beadwork, tying knots if desired, and trim excess thread.
7) Repeat on the opposite end with the other half of the clasp.

 

To attach a clasp with jump rings:

1) Exit the beadwork at the place where you would like one half of the clasp.
2) Pick up three or more beads, and stitch back into the beadwork to form a loop.
3) Stitch through the loop again two or more times to add strength.
4) Tie off the thread in the beadwork and trim.
5) Open a jump ring and attach it to the bead loop.
6) Thread the clasp onto the jump ring and close it.
7) Repeat on the opposite end of the beadwork with the other half of the clasp.

 

Beaded Loop Clasps

Side One: Loops

If the ends of the beadwork are narrow:

1) With the working thread exiting one end of the beadwork, pick up an odd number of beads.
2) Stitch down through the first two beads added, and into the beadwork.  Pull tight to form a loop.

3) Retrace the thread path and secure threads in the beadwork

or:

3) Stitch up through the first two beads again.  Pick up one bead.  Skipping the next bead in the loop, stitch through the following bead.
4) Continue in peyote stitch, all the way around the loop.
5) Retrace the thread path at least once, then secure the thread in the beadwork and trim.

 

If the ends of the beadwork are wide:

1) Exit the beadwork at one end, near an edge.  Pick up an even number of beads, enough to form a loop across the end of the beadwork.
2) Stitch into the beadwork, then weave around to exit the last bead added.

3) Retrace the thread path and secure threads in the beadwork

   Or:

3) Pick up one bead.  Skipping the next bead in the loop, stitch through the following bead.
4) Continue in peyote stitch, all the way around the loop.
5) Retrace the thread path at least once, then secure the thread in the beadwork and trim.

 

Side Two: Toggles and buttons

To attach a button:

1) Exit the beadwork near the end.  Pick up one or more seed beads, the button, and an equal number of seed beads as before.
2) Stitch back into the beadwork and pull tight.
3) Retrace the thread path two or more times, then secure the thread and trim.

To attach a round bead toggle (best for lightweight beadwork with narrow ends):

1) Exit the end of the beadwork and pick up two or more seed beads, a large round bead, and two seed beads.
2) Skipping the last bead added, stitch back down through all the beads and into the beadwork.
3) Make sure that all the beads are snug against the beadwork.  To tighten, grasp the last bead and snug up the rest of the stack.  Then release the last bead and pull the working thread snug.  Repeat until the beads are tight against the beadwork.
4) Retrace the thread path at least once more for strength, then secure the thread in the beadwork and trim.

To attach a beaded toggle:

1) Exit the beadwork and pick up two or more beads. 
2) Stitch into one or more beads in the center of the toggle and pull tight.
3) Pick up an equal number of beads as in step 1.
4) Stitch back into the main beadwork and pull tight.
5) Retrace the thread path, secure the thread and trim.

Tip:  Your beaded loops should be wide enough to pull over your chosen toggle, but not so wide that it will slip off easily.  Pick up enough beads to fit snugly around the button or toggle, then add 2 or 3 more beads.  Sew into the beadwork, then test the loop before you continue stitching.

 

 

Embellishments

Fringe

Basic Fringe

1) Exit a bead stack or at the point in the beadwork where you wish to add fringe.

2) String the desired fringe beads.

3) Attach the strand to the beadwork as desired, then weave through to the next start point and repeat.

For single strands:

Skip the last bead added and stitch back through the rest of the beads and back into the beadwork.

For looped strands:

  • Stitch back into the first bead added

   Or:

  • Stitch into an adjacent bead stack and pull tight

Branch Fringe

1) Exit the beadwork at the point where you wish to add branches.

2) Pick up enough beads to create the desired length of the fringe - this will be the base.

3) Skipping the last bead, stitch back into the strand, and exit at the point where you wish to create a branch.

4) Pick up small amount of beads. Skip the last bead added, and stitch through the beads just picked up.  Exit in the base fringe at the next start point.

5) Repeat until you have the desired amount of branches.

6) Stitch through the base and into the main beadwork. Weave through to the next start point and repeat.

Leaf Fringe

1) Exit the beadwork at the point where you wish to create a leaf.

2) Pick up an odd number of beads.

3) Skipping the last bead picked up, stitch through the next bead and pull tight.

4) Make sure that all the beads are snug against the beadwork.  To tighten, grasp the last bead and snug up the rest of the stack.  Then release the last bead and pull the working thread snug.  Repeat until the beads are tight against the beadwork.

5) Subtract the number of beads remaining in the strand by one. Pick up enough beads to match the result.  This will create the other half of the leaf shape.

(For example: If you picked up five beads in step 2, you will pick up two beads in step 4; if you picked up seven beads in step 2, you will pick up four beads in step 4, and so on.)

6) Stitch back through the first bead added, and into the beadwork. Pull tight.

 

Picots

Edging:

Add picots to the edge of the beadwork to hide the bridge threads.

1) Exit the first bead stack on one side of the beadwork.

2) Pick up three beads, and stitch down into the adjacent stack. Pull tight.

3) Stitch up through the next stack and repeat until all the stacks are covered.

Fringe:

1) Exit the beadwork at the point where you would like to form a picot.

2) Pick up four beads, and stitch back through the first bead added and into the beadwork. Pull tight.

3) Weave through the beadwork to the next start point and repeat.

 

Coiled or Scalloped Edging

You will need to determine whether the number of stacks in the beadwork is best divided by 3, 4 or 5. These instructions will use small coils in rows of 3 - you can adapt the technique for longer beadwork and coils.

1) Exit the first stack on one side of the beadwork.

2) Pick up six beads, and stitch down into the fourth stack. Pull tight.

3) Weave through the beadwork, and exit through the second stack. Make sure the thread is above the coil just added.

4) Pick up six beads and stitch down into the fifth stack. Pull tight.

5) Weave through the beadwork, and exit through the third stack. Make sure that the thread is between you and the bead coils.

6) Continue adding beads in this manner until you reach the last stack.

7) Repeat for the other edges of the beadwork.