Learn How to Add New Beading Thread with a Slipknot from Melanie Potter

A few years back I treated myself to a "beadcation." If you haven't done this for yourself yet, I highly recommend it! For my beadcation, I choose a trip to breathtaking San Luis Obispo, California to attend classes at Beads on the Vine with top teachers Melanie Potter, Cynthia Rutledge, Laura McCabe, and Carol Wilcox Wells. I still keep in touch with the friends I made there and often reference the amazing new tips and techniques I picked up.

While it's not always easy for us to sneak away to such great adventures as Beads on the Vine, today I'm happy to share with you one of the many great tips I learned from Beadwork Designer of the Year Melanie Potter. Not only is Melanie one of the sweetest people I know, but she's also a beading genius and a wonderfully patient teacher. What I love most about this technique is that it is sure to change the way you bead each and every time!

In this video excerpt from Bead Stitching Chevron Chain with Melanie Potter, Melanie shows us how to add a new thread mid-project, without having to end one thread and start another. In the past when my beading thread ran short, I used to tie it off between beads, weave the tail through a few beads, and trim the tail. Then, I would proceed to tie in five or so more feet of thread and weave it through beads to pick up where I left off. But now that I use this new slipknot technique from Melanie, adding new thread is a breeze and saves so much time and effort.
Best of all, this technique works with any beadwoven project, including peyote stitch, herringbone stitch, netting, right-angle weave, and more! So sit back, relax, and imagine you're on your own beadcation while taking this mini private lesson from Melanie Potter.

Do you have a favorite beadcation? Or do you have a different favorite technique for adding new thread?

Have fun,

Editor, Beadwork

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