How to Add and End Thread in Chenille Stitch

♪ [music] ♪ I am a detective. And I already am anticipating that I’m going to start to
get questions about how to add an end thread in chenille stitch, since I just
taught you guys how to do this stitch that is fairly new in the bead world. How do
you deal with the threads on that? So let me show you how we’re going to take care
of threads. So here I have a little piece of Chenille
stitch. And let’s pretend that this thread, and obviously this thread is long,
but let’s pretend that it’s a short thread, and I need to end it off and add
new thread. So the number one thing that I would suggest, and this is what I always
suggest when you’re working with bead, when you’re working with changing out a
thread, is start your new one first and then end off the old one.
So what I’m going to do here is I’m going to live dangerously, since this… I’ve
got an end over here that I can end off to show you how to do that. I’m just gonna
clip this thread so I have basically a new thread to add in here. The reason
you want to add your new one first is because you want to make sure that you end
up coming out of the same bead your current thread is coming out of. Now, in
this case I’d already added the border on this piece. We’re just going to pretend
that’s not true, and that I needed to keep going on this particular piece. So, you know, you need to make sure that
you end up in the correct spot to keep going. And in some stitches, it’s more
difficult than others to find that spot if you have already ended off your old
thread. This one, it’s not really too hard, but I just think it’s a good rule of
thumb to get in the habit of doing just in case. Because the minute you think that
you’ve got it licked, and you know exactly where that thread should come out, you’re going to have a problem. Well,
okay, maybe it was just me that had a problem, once, a long time ago. Okay.
Maybe I’m lying. Okay, anyway, so, back to the thread thing. I know that I want my
thread to end up over here. So I’m just going to kind of randomly pick a spot
somewhere away, because I’m going to kind of work on a diagonal up towards where
this thread is coming out. So I’m just going to randomly pick a spot and and pass
through a couple of beads. Chenille stitch is loose enough between the beads here that I think that tying
knots is an absolute perfect thing to do. You can do weaving around and omit knots.
It would be fine, you would just end up wanting to go in multiple directions,
changing the path as you go. You want to change directions at least three times
before you decide that that is secure enough and start going forward. But, because we’ve got these nice big
spots here where we can tie holes… Lord, it’s time for my brain to actually connect
to my tongue…where you can tie knots, I say let’s go for it. So what I’m doing
here is I just looped under the thread that’s already connecting those beads
together, I’m pulling down, so that I have just a small loop right here.
The bigger this loop is, the more likely you are to get in trouble when you tighten
it down with it knotting prematurely, like out here, instead of right in between the
beads the way you want it to, so you do want to kind of pull this down nice and
small first. Then I’m going to pass through the loop, and it does not matter whether you
pass back to front, front to back, doesn’t matter. And then as I tighten that knot
down, what I do is I tighten it nice and slow, so that if it starts prematurely
knotting out here, I can catch it and adjust it before I’m already in trouble.
So, nice and slow. I also find that doing it nice and slow seems to help it not
prematurely knot out here. I don’t know why. It just doesn’t like speed, I guess.
So then I’m going to move a couple more beads towards where I want to be. There we
go. Let’s tie another knot. So I’m looping under the thread that’s already there,
getting a nice, small loop left, going through the loop, tightening down
nice and slow, so I can make sure it goes all right where I want it to be, and then,
let’s see, let’s take a look here. So I need to be right up there, so this is
perfect, I’ll travel right here, through the gold, through the blue right below
there. If you wanted to, you could tie another knot right here at this base. In
my case, I’m just going to move forward here, and there we go.
And now I have this coming out in the right location, and I’m ready to start
beading again. I immediately go back and I trim the tail that I had to leave so that
I could hold onto it so I wouldn’t accidentally pull it out of the first
knot. I trim that off immediately so that I know that that’s been taken care of.
Because otherwise, if you just leave those to deal with later, sometimes you’re like,
no wait, do I need to weave this back in? Do I not? I don’t remember. So I just take
care of it right away. Now, when you’re ending off a thread, you
would do the exact same thing, just in the reverse direction. So in this case, this
happens to be the tail thread from when I started this.
So I would just pass through a couple of beads, tie a knot, pass through a couple
more beads, tie a knot, pass through a couple more beads, then you can cut if
off. My rule of thumb is two to three knots. In this case, this is woven in
pretty well already, so I think two knots would be sufficient.
And then you…I always want to move a couple of beads away from the last knot
that I tied, because if you cut your thread right next to the knot, it’s more
likely to come undone on you, and you don’t want that to happen. So that’s it.
Super easy, I’m going to keep you beading and keep you doing the chenille stitch. It
feels like there should be a chenille dance, don’t you think? I’m doing the
chenille. I don’t know. I don’t know what’s going on with me. I’m a little
tired. I’m a little loopy. Hope this helps you, and happy beading. ♪ [music] ♪


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