I'm not always good at explaining things but I'll give it a try. It took
awhile to attempt twisted fringe, but I have to admit that I like how it
For starters, I find it easier to twist the thread if I don't wax it
heaven seems ok) and if I don't use hand cream.
Hmmm.. how to explain. I work sideways. With the bag facing up, I
work my thread to the lower left hand corner, with the thread exiting the "fringing" bead on the right hand side.
I string a pattern of beads, then a "dangle" or metal finding
(I find it
easiest to use a teardrop or dagger bead for the dangledrilled side-to side), then string the same pattern of beads in reverse.
Once the beads are in place, and pinching the thread to the right of
last strung bead, I let the needle and thread dangle off the table, and begin twisting the thread with one hand, then pinching the thread to maintain twisted portion and using the other hand when you need to work the kinks out of the remaining thread.
On the outside fringes I can usually get away with twisting 10-12 timesyou'll get a feel for it after you've done it a few times. To test to see if it's "twisty" enough, I pinch the end of the twist, bend the fringe at the dangle and bring the unsecured end of the fringe back up to the bag. You might have to coax the twist just a bit--if it's still looser than what you'd like, draw the fringe out lengthwise and twist a bit more.
When the fringe looks how you'd like, pinch the unsecured end of the
thread to maintain the twist as you bring it up to the bag. Lay the thread on the bag (still pinched--and as close to the "fringing" bead as possible), and use your other hand (that's 3 hands now *smile*) to hold the thread tight against the bag. Actually, I pick up the bag and hold it in my left hand, holding the fringe thread tightly to the bag.
Then go through the "fringing" bead from left to right. When
of the loose thread is almost completely through the "fringing" bead, you can let go (with your third hand) and tighten the fringe.
I usually go back up 2 or 3 beads at a diagonal, and come back down a bead to anchor the thread prior to moving on to the next piece of fringe.
This sounds long and confusing, I know. If you need more help, feel free to holler.
Likewise, Barbara Elbe's book, "Back to Beadin" also has very