Anemone

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Add fringe to a base of strung beads to create a fun, anemone-like design. Begin with basic seed beads and then get creative with drops, flowers and leaves. Almost any bead can be used in this technique.
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Tip 1Substitute drops, flowers, leaves or pearls for your fringe beads.
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Step 1

Slide a 2x2mm crimp bead and the ring of the loop side of the toggle clasp onto one foot of beading wire. Pass 1-2 inches back through the crimp bead, creating a loop around the toggle clasp ring.

Step 2

Make sure that the wires are lying parallel to each other. Place the crimp bead into the back notch of the crimping pliers. Crimp the crimp bead.

Step 3

Rotate the bead a quarter turn and place the crimp bead in the front notch of the crimping pliers. Gently crimp the crimp bead. This rounds the crimp bead.

Step 4

Use wire cutters to trim the beading wire tail next to the crimp bead.

Step 5

Place the crimp bead cover in the front notch of the crimping pliers with the opening facing out.

Step 6

Place the crimped bead inside the crimp bead cover. Gently squeeze the crimping pliers just until the crimp bead cover is completely closed.

Step 7

String your desired length of core seed beads. String one crimp bead and the ring of the bar half of the toggle clasp. Pass back through the crimp bead. Leave approximately 3/8 inch of slack on the beading wire to leave space for the embellishment. Check the fit of the piece before crimping. Crimp your crimp bead and add the crimp bead cover, see Steps 2-6.

Step 8

Thread a beading needle with approximately 6 feet of FireLine thread, bringing the needle to the middle of the FireLine to create a doubled length of thread. Tie an overhand knot at the end of the thread, leaving a 1 inch tail.

Step 9

Pass your needle through the first size 6 core seed bead on your beading wire. Loop around the first size 6 core seed bead by going back through the loop created at the end of the thread.

Step 10

Tighten the thread around the first size 6 core seed bead.

Step 11

Trim the thread with sharp scissors close to the knot.

Step 12

To start your fringe, string 1 size 6 seed bead and 1 size 11 seed bead. Bring the beads down to the base of the thread, resting on top of the core seed bead. Note: The size 6 seed beads used for embellishment are the same color as the size 6 core seed beads, but are shown in a slightly lighter shade in the diagrams.

Step 13

Go back down through the size 6 seed bead.

Step 14

Go through the next size 6 core seed bead on the beading wire.

Step 15

String another size 6 seed bead and one size 11 seed bead. Go back down through the size 6 bead.

Step 16

Go through the next size 6 core seed bead on the beading wire.

Step 17

String another size 6 seed bead and one size 11 seed bead. Go back down through the size 6 bead.

Step 18

Go through the next size 6 core seed bead on the beading wire.

Step 19

Continue adding your fringe beads in the same fashion until your needle and thread exit the last size 6 core seed bead.

Step 20

String one size 6 seed bead and one size 11 seed bead. Go back down through the size 6 seed bead. Make the turn to go back down the beading wire in the opposite direction by going back down through the last size 6 core seed bead you just came out of.

Step 21

String one size 6 seed bead and one size 11 seed bead. Go back down through the size 6 seed bead.

Step 22

Go through the next size 6 core seed bead on the beading wire.

Step 23

Continue adding your fringe beads in the same fashion until you have made a second complete pass and your needle and thread are coming out of the last size 6 core seed bead.

Step 24

String one size 6 seed bead and one size 11 seed bead. Go back down through the size 6 seed bead. Make the turn to go back down the beading wire in the opposite direction by going back down through the last size 6 core seed bead you just came out of.

Step 25

Continue adding your fringe beads in the same fashion until you have made a third complete pass and your needle and thread are coming out of the last size 6 core seed bead.

Step 26

To finish your piece, you’ll need to end your thread, you will be tying a knot around the core beading wire. Once your thread gets too short to work with, around 2 or 3 inches, bring the thread behind the beading wire forming a loop of thread around the back of the wire.

Step 27

Bring the needle and thread down and around to the front of the beading wire, and thread your needle through the loop of thread made in the previous step.

Step 28

Pull the thread taut around the beading wire between two core size 6 seed beads, forming half of a square knot around the beading wire.

Step 29

Complete the square knot by knotting the thread around the beading wire once more, and pulling taut. Trim the thread with sharp scissors close to the knot.

Step 30

If you run out, you’ll need to add additional thread. Thread a beading needle with approximately 6 feet of FireLine thread. Tie an overhand knot, leaving a 1 inch tail thread as described in Step 9.

Step 31

Pass the needle through the core bead next to where you ended your previous thread. Tighten and knot around the size 6 core seed bead and trim the knot as shown in Steps 10-11.

Step 32

String 1 size 6 seed bead and 1 size 11 seed bead. Bring the beads down to the base of the thread, resting on top of the size 6 core seed bead. Return to stitching fringe as shown in Steps 12-14.

Step 33

Congratulations, you have learned the Anemone technique!

     

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