In the above photograph, the fishing line I was using to construct my panel has gotten pretty short. You might have a hard time seeing just how long it is since fishing line is clear, so this might help:
The fishing line isn’t quite long enough to string on another row of beads. So what I am going to do with this extra bit of fishing line is tie three knots on the side of the panel. Do you see on the sides of the panel, how there are clear loops of fishing line binding each row together? To tie off this piece of line, take the end and slip it through the topmost loop. Tie three knots, just to make sure it is extra secure.
Now, you’ll have that extra tail of line that’s dangling passed that knot. DO NOT CUT IT OFF. What we are going to do with it is this: Take the end of that loop, and slip it into one of the nearest beads.
Our knot is in between those two beads that I circled in the above photograph. You can choose either one, although to make things a tad easier, I would recommend you choose the bead that your knot is closest to. If you take a look, you’ll notice that in this case it would be the blue bead I circled.
So take the tail of fishing line and slip it into the bead you choose, and gentle tug it until your knot slips inside the bead. This will help to make your project look neat.
Now what we are going to do is weave the tail back in forth through beads so that it has a difficult time coming out.
I turned the panel over, but the green path is where I slipped the extra bit of fishing line in between beads. The red path coming out from the green is where I decided to stop. The fishing line is now completely sticking out of the panel. Where you decide to stop is up to you, but I recommend weaving your extra line between at least three beads before cutting the line. Where the red path begins is where I cut off the extra line.
Now, you will notice that there is another red path on the bottom of the panel. This is the other line we could have chosen to use when we began constructing our panel. We are now going to use this string to continue the panel.
Look at where you left off, at the top of your panel. You are going to want to start on the side that has the gap. That would be this side:
Fortunately, the string at the bottom of the panel that I am going to use is on the same side as the gap. So I am going to weave the string through beads until I get it coming out of the side I need. This is the path I would take:
Now the fishing line will stick out through the bead I need, and I can continue working on my panel. Now, if the fishing line is on the opposite side as the gap, all you have to do is weave the line across the panel, instead of up the panel.
Now, what if you have used both ends of fishing line on your panel and your panel still isn’t completed?
This part is really really simple. Just cut off another bit of fishing line from your spool. Take it to the top of the panel, the part that you were working on when you ran out of line. Simply weave the string back and forth through this part, so that string is sticking out of both sides. Here’s a visual:
You can see the path you’d need to take when weaving the fishing line through the panel. When you’re finished, and both sides of your panel have string coming out of them, choose the side that has the gap in the beads. That way you can simply add a bead and begin that row.
In this way, you’ll be able to know how to manage your fishing line and add more when necessary until your panel is complete.
In the next article, when we have two completed panels, I will show you how to attach the panels together to form the bag. Stay tuned, and happy beading!