Tip: Doing Test Runs with Thread

I believe that all of us who are beaders have had short pieces of thread that wound up being too short for any project, yet too long for our sensibilities to allow us to throw them out. So there they sit, in little piles on our studio tables or stuffed in a drawer like abandoned birds’ nests.

We had that happen to Gene and me. Although Gene may have a tendency to eventually throw out an odd length, I, on the other hand, will hang on to pieces seemingly forever, so there are always snippets available around the studio.

A couple of weeks ago, Gene came across a pattern for a necklace that he wanted to make. He chose his initial colors and placed them on the bead mat. After moving little piles of Super Duos and seed beads around, then replacing and rethinking colorways, he believed he finally had a good esthetic combination.

But why take a fresh length of thread and potentially ruin it if the colorway really doesn’t look good and the piece needs to be dismantled?

Gene took a leftover piece of beading thread and stitched a few inches. Well, the colorway wasn’t right – the seed beads looked washed out against the darker Super Duos. He dismantled the sample.1

On his next try, and using the same scrap thread, the colorway proved just what he wanted. It was a go, and he cut a fresh length off the spool. The project turned out well.2

This tip to use scraps of beading thread will also work if you want to practice a stitch before beginning your project. In the past, I ruined many feet of thread because I didn’t have the foresight to do a little practice work on a scrap.

It’s well worth it.

Do you save scraps of beading thread? If so, how do you re-use it? We’d like to read your ideas.

©2016 Susan Marie Molloy, Designs by Susan Marie Molloy, Miss Poppy’s Boutique, and all works within.


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