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How to Make a Pretty Beaded Fringe

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Learn how to make this scarf in our CraftStylish Gifts to Make, Vol 2 issue.
Learn how to make this scarf in our CraftStylish Gifts to Make, Vol 2 issue.

Learn how to make this scarf in our CraftStylish Gifts to Make, Vol 2 issue.

Photo: Gale Zucker

In CraftStylish Gifts to Make, Vol 2, author and sewer Katrina Walker showed us how to make a beautiful "Pleated & Beaded Scarf". Here are her instructions for creating a unique grid fringe of beads for the edge of the scarf. For the complete article, purchase a copy of CraftStylish Gifts to Make, Vol 2.

Click here for a diagram of the grid pattern.

Create vertical drops of beads

1. Divide the scarf width into equal sections. I use the width of the stitched tuck as the distance between the fringe drops.

Tip: Odd numbers of drops look best.

2. Mark the spacings for the fringe drops using pins. Measure the seed beads used to make the fringe by counting the number of seed beads needed to equal the distance between planned fringe sections. A seam gauge works well for this task. 

3. Thread a needle with about 18 inches of thread beading thread, and tie a knot at the end.At either corner of the scarf end, roll the rolled hem away from the scarf slightly to open it. Insert the needle into the rolled hem so the knot is hidden within the roll of the hem.

4. Take a few tiny stitches in rolled hem to anchor the fringe.And, make vertical drops using the following formula:  For explanation purposes, let’s say that the scarf tucks are 3/4 inch wide, and there are 15 size 11 seed beads in 3/4 inch.

•    Thread 20 seed beads
•    Thread 2 accent beads
•    Thread 20 seed beads
•    Thread 2 accent beads
•    Thread desired number of seed beads to create hanging drop
•    Thread drop bead
•    Thread 1 seed bead

5. Insert the needle back into the drop bead and through the remainder of strung beads. The seed bead that was added last acts as a stopper to keep the string together. Pull gently to take up slack.  If the strand tension is too loose, the beading thread will show. If the tension is too tight, the fringe will not drape properly.

6. Take a few tiny stitches at the base of the strand to anchor it. Run the needle through the rolled hem to the next mark. Making sure that thread is not pulled too tightly, take a few small stitches in the rolled hem to anchor the next strand.

7. Repeat steps 1 through 6 until your reach the opposite corner of the scarf end. Replace the beading thread whenever needed, making sure to end and begin a new section of beading thread in the hem, hiding knots in the underside of the roll. You will have equally spaced vertical strands hanging from the scarf hem.

Make horizontal rows of beads

1. At the end, after taking a few stitches in the hem at the end of the last vertical strand, pass the needle back up the strand to the first set of accent beads. Place the number of seed beads needed to bridge the gap (15, for instance, in our example) onto the needle and thread to create a horizontal strand.

2. Insert the needle into the next vertical strand at the first set of accent beads, threading the needle into the strand pointing away from the scarf hem.

3. Run the needle up through the vertical strand to the second set of accent beads. Place the number of seed beads needed to bridge the gap onto the needle and thread to create a horizontal strand.

4. Insert the needle into the second set of accent beads on the next vertical strand, this time inserting the needle so that it points toward the scarf hem. Run the needle down the vertical strand to the first set of accent beads.

5. Repeat steps 1 through 4 until you reach the last vertical strand. The fringe will have horizontal strands in a staggered formation across the scarf.  Repeat the process of weaving horizontal strands, working your way back across the scarf.

6. When you have reached the opposite side, you will have completed a balanced grid. Run the needle down the vertical strand into the scarf hem and knot off, hiding any thread ends in the roll of the hem.

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