How to Thread a Beading Needle

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There are beads with small holes that make passing a thread through difficult. For such beads, beading needles are a necessity. There are different types of beading needles and the most popular include twisted needles, wide-eye needles and English needles. Wide-eye needles and twisted needles are easy to thread without need of a threader. English needles, which look like longer, thinner versions of sewing needles, have small holes that may be easier to thread with a threader.

Things You'll Need

  • Beading thread
  • Scissors
  • Threader

Wide-eye Needle

  • Pull the needle open with two fingers. Wide-eye needles are long and made of two steel wires joined at each end. Open the wires to see the "eye" in the middle.

  • Pass the tip of the thread through the eye.

  • Pull the thread through the opening. Keep the eye open as you pull the thread. If you let the eye close, the needle may cut the thread or cause it to unravel as you pull. Make the thread as long as you need for your beading project.

  • Release your hold to close the eye. The closed eye will hold the thread in place while you work. Cut the thread.

Twisted Needle

  • Hold the thread with the thumb and index finger of your non-dominant hand and hold the body of the needle with the thumb and index fingers of your other hand.

  • Put the tip of the thread into the loop at the end of the needle.

  • Pull the thread through the hole until it is as long as you wish.

  • Cut the thread.

English Beading Needle

  • Hold the tip of the thread between your thumb and index finger. Pull it out slightly until there is about ½ inch of the thread above your fingers .

  • Hold the needle between the thumb and index fingers of your other hand. The end with the hole should extend past the top of your fingers.

  • Push the thread through one side of the hole until it appears on the other side. Pull the thread out from the other side until it is as long as you need it to be. Cut the thread.

  • Use a threader if you have difficulties inserting the thread. Push the tip of the threader through the hole of the needle. Insert about 2 inches of the thread through the loop of the threader. Pull the threader, and the thread, out through the hole of the needle. Take the thread out of the threader and pull it through the hole of the needle until it is as long as you wish it to be and then cut the thread.

Tips & Warnings

  • In Teach Yourself Visually Jewelry Making and Beading, Chris Franchetti Michaels shares a popular jewelry crafter's method of making faux needles. Apply glue to one end of a string. When the glue dries, the end will be stiff enough to thread through beads.

References

  • Beadage.net
  • Book: "Teach Yourself Visually Jewelry Making and Beading"; Chris Franchetti Michaels; 2007
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