Thursday, June 3, 2010

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 The next query concerns getting the bead onto the picot.  I cannot seen to get it placed without the thread splitting; if I use a larger hook, it will not go through the bead.  Any suggestions?

Anon,

12 comments:

  1. Yup!!! Use a beading needle (or another sort but very fine) and thread with sewing cotton. This just needs to be doubled so it doesn't easily become unthreaded - it doesn't need to be knotted into a loop either. Then take the needle through the bead, through the picot, back through the bead and ease the bead onto the picot!!! Email me privately if you want a drawing which I can do tomorrow!!!

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  2. I dont know if this will help you BUT... when I started tatting with beads I actually us regular sewing tread to pull the picots through the beads the tread is really small and wont bread the thread. Then when you are going to go through the tiny hole use the tread again to pull the shuttle thread through it. I hope that helps. :-)

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  3. Huh? Remember Dyslexic Fox? This has her scurrying to email Jane... : ))

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  4. Jane's suggestion will work fine. I know several tatters use floss threaders (like dental floss) for threading beads. They're thin, flexible, cheap, and come in packages of a dozen or more, usually.

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  5. I use a piece of fine gauge fishing line. Slip through the picot, fold in half, add bead.

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  6. Marilee (Yarnplayer) posted a tutorial about using a floss threader to add beads to a picot. See here: http://yarnplayertats.blogspot.com/2008/05/using-floss-threader-to-add-beads-to.html

    It might work for you. Just a thought.

    Jeff

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  7. Jane's suggestion makes sense, but I would like it even better if she could add an instruction on how to pull the loop through for the join in the same motion. What I like about using a crochet hook is that you can use it to pull the loop through at the same time, so that there's no risk of the bead falling off the picot. I do have the same problem with the thread splitting, but I just patiently manipulate all the strands into the hook before pulling it through.

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  8. Chaos, Suzanne and Jeff,

    Thank you for answering my question so fast! All you said is great and works well, but unfortunately, I did not phrase the problem correctly. Read on.

    Miranda, Thank you! You have addressed the issue!

    It is not adding the bead that is the problem; it is getting the thread through the small space left between the bead and the end of the picot!

    I use the small hook as well, and it often catches the thread. It is doable but with great restraint and patience! I wondered if there was a better way.

    Fox the Curious : )

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  9. yep, i second jane's idea. i tried that. works for me.

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  10. Oops! Personally, I think you answered your own question. Clearly, the hook is too small and it not big enough to catch the whole thread, just part of it. Not sure what else to tell you. Make your picot a little bigger?? I think Jane's suggestion is for putting the bead on the picot too.

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  11. Or use a thin wire will solve the case?

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  12. Or.....find a bead with a slightly larger hole. Works a treat.

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