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THE FROG STITCH
AND OTHER FIX-UPS!

"And what," you ask, "is The Frog Stitch?"
It's when you make a boo boo and have to
RIPPIT RIPPIT!

If you have mastered The Frog Stitch don't forget your Frog Stitch diploma!


EEEKKKKK! THERE'S A BLUE BEAD IN MY GREEN BACKGROUND!

You've got four choices here; 1, leave it and hope no one sees it, 2, call it a "spirit bead" and pretend you did it on purpose because only God is perfect, 3, use the FROG STITCH and rip out your work or 4, break out the bead and replace it!

BREAKING OUT A BEAD: When you have to remove an offending bead I find the best way is to snip it with a pair of fingernail clippers. Place the tip of each side of the clippers on the wall of the bead just outside the hole. When the clippers are in place close your eyes tightly. It's always best to wear safety glasses but close your eyes even with them. Snip and the bead is gone.

REPLACING A BEAD: I'm going to assume that the offending bead was in the middle of your work because they always seem to be! Reattach your thread securely a few beads over from the one you removed, zig zag over to the space. Go through a bead, add a new bead and go through the next bead in the row. Zig zag up to the row above the new bead. Go through a bead, through the new bead and through the next bead in the row. Make sure the existing threads are moved to where they are hidden behind the new bead. It is vital that you weave the new bead into place from both the top and bottom or it will not lay flat in the piece. The bad bead has now been replaced! Feel better now?

EEEKKKKK! MY FRINGE HAS THREAD SHOWING AT THE TOP!

It was perfect when you did it, right? The culprit here is almost always Nymo thread which stretches, not something you did incorrectly! I've found the easiest way to prevent this problem is to use Silimide thread which does not stretch. I use Silimide all the time now and just love it! But if your fringe is done you certainly don't want to have to redo it! I've read that if you put some water in a spray bottle and LIGHTLY spritz the thread it will shrink back to it's original size. Lay the fringe flat to dry.

EEEKKKKK! MY NEW BEADS ARE DYED AND THE FINISH WILL RUB OFF!

Why is it that the color we love is one of the dyed ones? I have a rule that I am not allowed to use or even store my beads until they have been sprayed if the finish will rub off. I've had really good luck by spraying them and I hope this works well for you too. I put the beads in a big zip-loc baggie and close it almost all the way. Fill with air and spray inside with a couple of VERY SHORT whooshes of Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Spray. Quickly close the baggie and squish the beads around until they are all coated. Let them dry about 30 minutes and squish them again just in case some may be stuck together. There is a list of some "problem" Delicas on the Caravan Bead web site.


EEEKKKKK! I KEEP SPLITTING THE THREAD WITH MY NEEDLE!

Most of my splitting problems occur when I go back through a strand of fringe so I solve the problem by going through the beads with the eye of the needle first. Roni Hennon, the inventor of "Thread Heaven" (wonderful stuff!) advocates beading with a blunt needle. Since we are not sewing, only guiding the thread through the beads we don't need a sharp needle. Roni snips the point off her needle and files any roughness.

EEEKKKKK! I CANT THREAD MY NEEDLE WITH SILAMIDE!

Don't ever moisten Silimide or it will seperate and go in all directions (looking like my hair in the morning!) and you'll have no choice but to snip the end and start over. I discovered a wonderful trick when I had just applied some lip balm and started to put the thread in my mouth. I caught the thread between my lips just in time. You can thread Silimide with no problems if you do this! Works like a charm! Just press your lips together and the thread will have a smooth, thin end and will slide through the needle like a hot knife through butter. Rats, now I'm hungry!!!

EEEKKKKK! I'M USING WHITE THREAD AND IT SHOWS IN THE DARK AREAS!

I use a waterproof pen with a fine point and "dye" the threads that show! I'm much too lazy to change thread for a small area of beads!