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Learning to fringe

About this design:

I've been wanting to try and make a fringe necklace. I found a pattern I'll try later, but wanted to try a test piece. That's what this is. My only problem is adding thread. I hate doing that because I'm afraid it'll make a weak spot, and then paying close attention so you don't get your thread all tangled up. Other than those 2 things, I have to say it was fun!


I used 8/0's for the base, 11/0's and an assortment of Czech beads. 6 lb fireline

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  1. Kimberlywilliams60
    Kimberlywilliams60 says:

    WOW !!! This is absolutely Gorgeous Robin !!! Your bracelet is so festive and I love your color choices !! The gold really showcases every element … you did a wonderful job and yes I hate adding thread too ….I always just make an extra pass through where I added it for reinforcement…I have not so far had any come apart yet

  2. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Beautiful bracelet Robin. Great for fall and Christmas. I love the gold seed beads. Wonderful photos with the lace also.

    Yes – thread tangling is a big mess. I, like Kimberly, also have not had problems with my pieces coming apart.

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    thegreenzebra says:

    Oh My goodness Robin, this is absolutely beautiful!! You did an amazing job – I love every single thing about your bracelet!!

  4. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Wowee Robin! How beautiful! It looks like it took a lot of time and patience.

  5. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    So beautiful. This just shines and sparkles. I love all the rich colors and the variety of beads. It’s good and chunky. Substantial. An absolute show stopper. The colors are just Christmassy enough for the coming season, but not so much that you can’t wear it anytime. I can’t say enough good things about this beauty.

  6. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    For your first try it sure came out great! You must have tiny fingers Robin…I don’t think I could do this. How do you tie off each of the little fringes? I don’t see any loose threads. If you are going to sell that in your church sale…I would certainly ask a fair amount of money…I hope you keep it!

  7. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    WOW Robin! This is one glorious piece of work! It has all of the necessary elements to dazzle the eye. The photo of it stretched out reminds me of a beautiful caterpillar with a sparkle and bling pattern. Love the colors, love the design!

  8. BevB
    BevB says:

    I agree with everyone’s comments! It is beautiful! I also run the thread through it another time. I haven’t had any problems so far.

  9. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    Jane each fringe is woven in and out of the base 8/0 beads- I had to use about 28 inches of fireline and added an additional 18 inches or so . It’s not hard at all, I just had to totally pay attention so the thread wouldn’t get tangled up. I saw a bracelet similar to this with fall colors- I think I’m going to give a try.. I started with a 6 1/2 inch single row of 8/0’s with 12 inch tails on both sides. Each 8/0 has 2 fringes woven into it.

  10. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Robin! This is spectacular! I love the fringe drops with all the different beads, bells, & flowers on them. This looks so complex to make. I can see why focused attention is necessary when making this. The flower button is sweet too. Is it a real button or a bead, it’s hard to enlarge on this desktop. I do hope you keep this one–and definitely make one with fall colors!

  11. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Agree with all the compliments and wows above! Thanks for all the great photos that allow us to appreciate the many goodies you used to create this wonder.
    It’s perfect for Christmas, but certainly not limited to any holiday wear.

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