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Materials and Getting Started
To make this easy square stitched awareness ribbon, you will need the following materials and tools:
- 5 grams of size 8 seed beads (I used pink for breast cancer awareness)
- Beading thread: Nymo size D, Wildfire or FireLine in 10 lb. test
- Pin finding
- Size 12 beading needle
- Chain nose pliers (optional)
- Scissors or thread cutter
- The glue of your choice (E6000 recommended)
To get started, on a comfortable length of beading thread (no longer than 5 feet), string a stop bead. Pick up 3 seed beads.
Work in square stitch to add a second row.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
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Reinforce Your Rows
As you work each two rows, make sure that you go back and reinforce them by stitching back through the row next to the one you just completed. Then pass the needle and thread back up through the row that you just completed.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
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Stitch the Ribbon
Continue stitching in square stitch until you have a ribbon approximately 4 1/4 inches long. (Approximately 42 rows, depending on how tight you stitch.)Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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Estimating the Fold
Once you have finished stitching the strip of square stitch, fold the strip so that it forms a loop at the top with two tails or ends on the bottom. You can adjust it a bit with your fingers until you get a shaped loop that is pleasing to you.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Getting Your Needle Into Position
Once you know where you want your ribbon to be tacked together, stitch back up through the ribbon. We stitched back 8 rows.
Make sure your needle is exiting from the middle seed bead of the row.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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Tacking the Two Sides Together
Pass your needle through the back of the middle bead in the corresponding row on the other side of the ribbon. Stitch back through the bead that you exited at the beginning of this step.
You should be able to make two or three passes with your needle and thread to make sure that the attachment is secure. Pull snugly so that the two ends lie directly on top of each other.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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Stitch the Rows Together
After you have stitched the beads together a few times, continue through to the bead on the edge of the row. Take your needle and thread through the corresponding row on the other side of the beaded ribbon, then back into the row that you were exiting at the beginning of this step.
Stitch back and forth through the rows a few times to provide extra strength for the connection between the two sides.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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Once you have secured the two ends together, weave in your thread tails, tie a few knots in between beads, weave in a bit more, and trim your thread close to the beadwork. You can add a drop of glue on the knots if you wish.
After you have woven in your thread tails, you can use a strong glue such as E6000 to attach a pin back to the flat side of the ribbon.
The ribbon can be made in any color you choose to represent the cause of your choice.