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billleigh
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Real Name: Bill Witkouski

PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:37 am    Post subject: Edge Beading Reply with quote

Can anyone point me in the right direction on how to edge bead a brain-tan bag?

Material etc..and technique

Thanks
Bill
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LRB
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Real Name: WICK ELLERBE

PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the edge is two pieces, you can use a simple whip stitch for a single row on the very edge. The bead will draw in and settle in the joint. If you are just making a line at the edge, you can use a running stitch with a bead in each loop on the face. If you want the beads touching in this line, use a back stitch. First bead down. Bring the needle back through a beads width ahead, then add a bead and run the needle back through the rear hole. leap forward two spaces on the underside and repeat the last step you just made. Simply a loop tha loop with a bead in the loops. I don't know how to do fancy edge beading. For strength and longevity I would suggest useing thin strands from artificial sinew. Not PC, but you will not have to re-do in just a few years.
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Real Name: Chuck Burrows

PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Edge stitching with beads generally uses what is know as the fret stitch - http://www.nativetech.org/glasbead/glasedge.html

materials:
1) GOOD brain tan leather is the most PC, but a decent replacement is the German Tan from Crazy Crow - it looks nice when finished but is also great for practice since the cost is less - in fact they sell seconds which are nice especially for practice.

2) Beads - 8/0 size pound beads available from several sources including Crazy Crow - white or off white seems to be the most common used in the east

3) Thread - as Wick noted thin artificial sinew works but is not PC, but is also hard to tell it's been used when beading except for very close inspection. PC threads include: linen, hemp, and silk - silk being the strongest
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