when i first started beading, my whole life revolved around making amulet bags. i still love making them but have since branched out to other things. the one thing i've learned is to get the best drape and movement thread is the best choice. fireline has no give to it, which limits the drape and movement. i see another beader suggested using it, and you could certainly give it a go, but it's not something i'd ever use for fringe.
you don't say how long your fringe will be, but in my experience you'll have better drape and movement if you use a thread such as nymo or my personal fave, One G.
if all you ever use is fireline you could give it a try, but it's never made me all that excited to use in fringe. for the rest of your piece, sure.
hope this helps somewhat,
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answered 2 years, 1 month ago
I would probably use 11/0s
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answered 3 years, 1 month ago
If I were you I would consider choosing a mikuki "fringe" bead rather than the seed bead. These have the hole at one end so they are properly weighted and your beading string is less visible. With a seed bead, the tendency is for the bead to sit 'wonky' at the end of the bugle, and you have a less even line.
It is important, also, to use a thread such as firewire, which does not stretch, This way you can leave a little looseness in the tension so that the fringe beads will seem to shimmer, but you need not worry that they will begin to hang too low and expose the thread.
Good luck with your project!
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
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