1. To start your leaf fringe, you will need to weave your needle and thread so that you are exiting the bottom edge of the beadwork that you wish to embellish. If your thread is not long enough, add a new thread somewhere in the body of the beadwork and weave down so you are exiting the bottom edge of the beadwork.
Pick up the seed beads for the spine of the fringe. You can vary the number of beads for each fringe, or you can pick up the same number for every strand. For this example, I picked up 10 seed beads.
Pick up an additional 6 seed beads for the first leaf.
2. Secure the First String of Beads
Skip the last bead added and pass needle through the the next bead.
3. Make the First Leaf
Pick up three seed beads. Skip the next three seed beads and pass needle through the next three seed beads. Pull snugly so that the beads line up to form a little leaf.
4. Pick up Beads for the Next Leaf
Pick up 6 seed beads. Skip the last bead and pass needle back through the next bead.
5. Finish the Second Leaf
Pick up three seed beads. Skip the next three seed beads and pass needle through the next seed bead. Pull snugly so that the beads line up to form a leaf.
6. Add More Leaves
Pass needle back through the next bead or two in the original strand of beads picked up in Step 1. Continue to add leaves as desired,working your way back up the strand until you get to the place where you originally exited the beadwork.
Pass needle up through the bead next to the bead in the bottom edge where you originally exited. Make sure that you don't pull too tightly or the fringe will be too stiff.
7. Get Into Position to Add the Next Strand
Pass needle and thread down through the next bead in the bottom edge of the beadwork. You are now ready to pick up the next set of beads that will become the next strand of leaf fringe.
8. Tips and Suggestions for Leaf Fringe
Make sure that your tension is not too tight or too loose when working leaf fringe. If your tension is too loose, the fringe will fall apart and will not hold it's shape. If you work with your tension too tight, the fringe will be stiff and will not drape well.
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