Bead Embroidery Clasp - Option 1

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Create a bead embroidery masterpiece, then wear your piece proudly with a sturdy clasp.
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Step 1

Once you have completed an embroidered piece; find a tube bar clasp that has a bar with the same width as your embroidered piece. Make sure you have left enough room at the end of the piece to attach a clasp.

Step 2

Fold over the Lacy's Stiff Stuff so the beads are resting against the tube bar.

Step 3

Trim the Lacy's Stiff Stuff so you have about a 1/4" inch overlap.

Step 4

Cut a piece of thread about 2 feet long. Thread the needle and slide it to the center of the thread, which is shown in color for visibility.

Step 5

Tie a double knot near the end of the thread. In the following illustrations, the thread is shown as a single line.

Step 6

The clasp will be attached with whip stitch. To start the whip stitch pass the needle through the base only of the Lacy's Stiff Stuff.

Step 7

Next, pass the needle through the overlap at an angle.

Step 8

Pull the thread taut.

Step 9

Pass back through the base and the overhang about 1/16" from the first stitch.

Step 10

Repeat steps 7-9 until you have whip stitched up one side of the clasp. Pull the thread taut.

Step 11

To knot off your thread, pass the needle through the Lacy's Stiff Stuff only.

Step 12

Wrap the thread around the needle two or three times.

Step 13

Hold the wrapped section with your thumb and pull the needle through the wrapped section. Keep pulling the needle until the knot is tight at the end of your thread.

Step 14

Pull the thread taut.

Step 15

Trim off the thread next to both knots. Apply a drop of Hypo Tube Cement to the knot and let dry completely to secure the knot.

Step 16

Repeat steps 2-15 for the other side of the clasp.

Step 17

Congratulations, you have added a clasp to a bead embroidery design!

 

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