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Beading Thread: Beading Q And A (12/23/2011)

2011 December 23

Susan asks…

What beading string do you use?

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I’ve been trying to make a bracelet and every time it starts to build up and look nice the string or bead breaks and I can’t take it any more. I’m not sure if supple max or the other string will work or not because its a pattern that uses the brick stitch than it goes back through the stitch

This probably sounds weird but I like the end result but the stupid string keeps frustrating me so what would you use or what would work in my case?

BeadGal answers:

You will need Nymo, dandyline, nylon thread (for beading), or any number of other threads made for beading.

Go to a store where they sell beading supplies. Buy some of the thread for beading, not string. String is too thick to do brick stitch unless you are using the large pony beads.

Donna asks…

What is the best off-loom bead-weaving thread?

I have a basic familiarity with stringing beads and would like to move on to off-loom weaving techniques (for example, peyote, herringbone, right-angle weave, brick stitch). My interest lies in seed beads.

So my goal is to figure out what I need to get started before I run out and buy things! What is the best off-loom bead-weaving thread for seed beads? I have read a little about silk threads, nylon threads like Nymo, Nylux, and C-lon, and other threads such as Fireline and Power Pro. Can you tell me a good thread to start with? Also, I would appreciate hearing where you purchase the thread that you recommend.

BeadGal answers:

I have been beading for several years. I have tried Nymo, Silamide, C-lon, and Fireline. Fireline has become my personal favorite. I started with Nymo, but found that I could use only short lengths because it tended to fray after multiple passes through beads. Crystals have a tendency to cut it. The limitations of Fireline is that it is available in only smoke and crystal whereas Nymo is available in a myriad of colors. Fireline’s biggest advantages are that crystals will not cut it and it creates a firmer final result if tension is an issue for you. None of these threads are really expensive, so it would not be a strain on your wallet to try them all. Any bead store, either retail or online, should have a good selection of thread. You can also buy Fireline at just about any sporting goods store or general retail store like Wal-Mart – it is a fishing line.

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