Thursday, October 5, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #31: Fringe

Fringe! Honestly I don't often make things with fringe. I do like the way it looks and the unlimited combinations of beads that can be used to make awesome fringe.  Here are a pair of earrings I wear occasionally that I came across while searching for my twisted fringe earrings. 

To show how I make fringe I added a simple drop fringe on the piece from last week as an example. I am not 100% on the bricks since there is a hole not filled and it bothers me, but not enough not to use it as my example ;)

First thing about fringe is that Fireline doesn't work well, it is too stiff. This is one of the few times I don't use it! I use Nymo D in the little bobbins (because that is what I have a bunch of and it comes in multiple colors). Any beading thread that drapes well and matches will work.

To add fringe I usually start in the middle of the piece that I want to add it to. I then pick a length of beads that I think is good for the longest part of the piece. For example I used about 3/4 of the length of the cab as my basis on how long the longest part should be not including the brick I added as the "weight" bead at the bottom.


I then add additional rows of fringe on one side reducing the number of beads I pick up for the strand by the same number every time. For this one my middle fringe has 18 seedbeads, one brick and then one more seed that I skipped over to make the brick lay right. 

The next row has 16 seedbeads then a brick and a seed. Then 14, 12, 10, 8 and 6 for the remaining rows.

After I have made one side and am sure that it is what I want it to look like, I weave my thread over to the other side and repeat.

Beadaholique has a YouTube video on how to make beaded fringe. There are also a bunch of videos that combine a brick stitch base and fringe to make cute earrings! 

In addition to the simple fringe there are variations of fringe, one of my favorites being twisted fringe. Of course when I went to look I couldn't find both of these earrings -here is the lone twisted fringe earring I could find. I attached the fringe to a Peyote donut. I blogged about 3D Peyote shapes back in April FYI! 

I learned how to create twisted fringe from Jamie Cloud Eakin's video on YouTube. You might remember that I mentioned her last week in my bead embroidery post. I would say she is an expert on fringe and bead embroidery! She has multiple books on both! You can find more about her and her books on her website, on her blog, and on her YouTube channel. 

Next week I will be covering African Helix stitch, something I have never done before. :) 

I am not affiliated with, paid by, or endorsed by anyone. By posting about beading and/or beading products I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way. All opinions expressed here are mine, and aren't meant to be taken as anything more than an opinion or suggestion from some stranger on the internet 😀

Coming weeks: 

October 12th: African Helix

October 19th: Carolina Spiral

October 26th: Tubular Herringbone with 2 Holed beads

Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

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