The first time I ran out of thread during a bead weaving project I was stumped. How was I supposed to attach more thread to finish my project? Should I have starting my project with more thread? Was I supposed to knot my old and new threads together or somehow glue them? Fortunately changing threads turned out to be much simpler than I thought and you can follow the same steps for a smooth and easy thread change every time!
Pay attention to the length of your thread as you work and stop weaving before you completely run out, leaving yourself at least 5-6 inches to work with. Ending at the edge of your project instead of at a random spot makes it easier to pick up the pattern again with the new thread. Leave the needle on this thread – you’ll need it later!
Cut a new piece of beading thread and add a new needle. I like working with 3-6 feet of beading thread at a time. That way I’m not constantly changing threads, but I’m also less likely to get the thread caught in the wheel of my desk chair! Insert the needle with your new beading thread close to where you stopped with your old thread and pull the new thread through until you have a 6 inch tail. Start weaving your new thread back through your bead work in a circular pattern. This weaving pattern creates tension knots in the thread and will hold it securely inside your project!
Using this circular pattern, weave your thread over to where you left off with your old thread. Three or four tension knots make me feels secure that the new thread isn’t going anywhere. Now you’ll weave in the tail of your old thread the same way you added your new thread. You can weave the tail of the old thread in first, but I like to do it second so I can clearly see where I stopped weaving and where the new thread needs to come out to continue my pattern.
Once you have woven the tail of your old beads in securely, trim the tails of both the old and new threads as close to your work as possible. Finely pointed thread snips are perfect for this step and if your thread is synthetic you can finish by melting the tip with a Perfect End Thread Burner.
Happy Tuesday! – Gretchen