Bead Crochet, Tunisian Bead Crochet, Beautiful Jewelry
I absolutely love the look of bead crochet. I am far from proficient in this bead weaving technique but I’m going to keep at it! And thanks to the help of Judith Durant’s Flirty Flower Necklace and Tunisian Stitch Bracelet videos I’m further along!
Use a wide eye needle to easily string beads onto your thread or cording. The needle is like two needles soldered together at each end so the center wide open and able to accommodate any stringing material.
Place your beads onto a vellux bead mat, add a big or wide eye needle onto your cording, then put your needle into the beads rather then putting your beads onto your needle by hand. This method will help string your beads that much faster and you’ll have less finger jabs!
After stringing your beads onto your thread, add a slip knot to keep your beads on your thread. This will help keep your beads on your thread should you need to walk away or have something else come up to cause your beads to “unspool” before you can start crocheting them into place.
When you finish your design and before you add the clasp, or if you need to step away mid-project, pull your “live” stitch out a bit. This will keep your cording from getting away from you before you can finish crocheting or adding the clasp.
When stitching on your clasp, you may find it hard to bring the needle and thread through the loop on the clasp. Keep a pair of pliers on hand to help pull the needle through.
Get comfortable with the stitch, be willing to try things out knowing you might need to start over until you get it right – but look at the results! This one stitch is great for so many other looks. Change the beads, the cording, and the crochet hook size to suit the materials – this stitch is so versatile!
A fun, or funny tip Judith shared for helping move the beads toward your work is to do whatever you need to, including using your chin, your lips, whatever it takes! There aren’t images of Judith sliding a bead down the thread using her mouth, but I bet we can all picture this and picture ourselves doing this, too!
Another tip worth noting is that not all crochet hooks are created equal. Understanding the size hook you need for your stitch and the beads you’re working with is more important than the letter assigned as each manufacture’s letters are not the same size.
Have a favorite bead crochet design? Or bead crochet stitch or tip? Please share share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Yours in creativity,
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