Weaving: Cross-Over Necklace
No, you don't have to dash to the attic to hunt for that long lost loom! Weaving is a term that describes the process of combining beads in a strand by interlacing the thread through the beads. When beads are joined in this fashion, the effect is delicate and can be rather lacy, depending of course, on the pattern and the colors of the beads that are thus connected. The following are instructions for the "cross-over" technique. It is called that because a thread with two needles is used and during the process of stringing the beads, the two threads cross-over through one or more of the beads.
Center a jumpring on the thread.
With the right hand needle thread on 3 carnelian beads, then a mother-of-pearl bead.
With the left hand needle, thread a carnelian, then mother-of-pearl.
With the same needle, pass through the center of the mother-of-pearl on the right hand needle.
With a strand in each hand, pull each of the cords to tighten the bead just crossed over.
Continue to thread the remaining beads, following the pattern shown to the right, ending with a mother-of-pearl.
Slip the other jumpring onto one of the cords, and loop the thread twice around the ring.
Pass this needle through the opposite gold bead, tie a knot, then pass through the pearl and knot once more.
Repeat Step 10 with the other needle.
Cut the ends of the threads close to the knots, and apply a drop of glue to each knot.
Attach the clasp.
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