Use wax (beeswax or microcrystalline wax) or a thread conditioner (like Thread Magic), to condition nylon beading thread and Fireline. Wax smooths nylon fibers and adds tackiness that will stiffen your beadwork slightly. Conditioners add a static charge that causes the thread to repel itself, so don’t use it with doubled thread. All conditioners help thread resist wear.To condition, stretch nylon thread to remove the curl (you don’t need to stretch Fireline). Place the thread or Fireline on top of the conditioner, hold it in place with your thumb or finger, and pull the thread through the conditioner.
Ending and adding thread
To end a thread, sew back through the last few rows or rounds of beadwork, following the thread path of the stitch and tying two or three half-hitch knots (see “Half-hitch knot”) between beads as you go. Sew through a few beads after the last knot, and trim the thread. To add a thread, sew into the beadwork several rows or rounds prior to the point where the last bead was added, leaving a short tail. Follow the thread path of the stitch, tying a few half-hitch knots between beads as you go, and exit where the last stitch ended. Trim the short tail.
Pass the needle under the thread bridge between two beads, and pull gently until a loop forms. Sew through the loop, and pull gently to draw the knot into the beadwork.
1. Cross one end of the thread over and under the other end. Pull both ends to tighten the first half of the knot.
2. Cross the first end of the thread over and under the other end. Pull both ends to tighten the knot.
Make a loop with the thread. Pull one end through the loop, and tighten.
Attaching a stop bead
Use a stop bead to secure beads temporarily when you begin stitching: Pick up the stop bead,
leaving the desired length tail. Sew through the stop bead again in the same direction, making
sure you don’t split the thread inside the bead. If desired, sew through the bead one more timefor added security.