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Everything You Need to Know About Beading Threads

In this video tutorial from PotomacBeads, Allie talks about beading threads, and what you need to know when selecting what thread you are going to use for any jewelry-making application. Whether you are using Wildfire, Fireline, KO, Miyuki, Sono, One-G, or S-lon, you will learn which threads work best for you and the beadweaving project that you are going to conquer!

Episode Transcript


Choosing the right beading thread is crucial for creating beautiful, durable jewelry pieces that stand the test of time. In this informative Better Beader episode, hosts Allie and Katelyn dive deep into the world of beading threads, sharing their expert insights and recommendations to help you select the perfect thread for your projects.

In this article, we'll break down the key points from the episode, providing you with a comprehensive guide to understanding and utilizing various beading threads effectively.

Types of Beading Threads

The episode covers a wide range of beading thread options, including:

  • Nymo thread
  • Wildfire thread
  • FireLine thread
  • C-Lon thread
  • KO thread
  • Micro-Filament thread
  • Hana thread
  • Miyuki Nylon thread

Allie and Katelyn discuss the unique properties, strengths, and weaknesses of each thread type, helping you understand which threads are best suited for various beading techniques and projects.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Beading Threads

When selecting a beading thread, there are several key factors to keep in mind:

  • Thread thickness: Choose a thread thickness that is appropriate for the size of your beads and the intricacy of your design.
  • Thread strength: Consider the durability and strength of the thread, especially for projects that require a lot of tension or wear.
  • Thread color: Select a thread color that complements your bead selection and design aesthetic.
  • Project requirements: Think about the specific needs of your project, such as flexibility, knot strength, or resistance to fraying.

The hosts provide valuable insights and examples to illustrate how each factor can impact your beading experience and the finished result.

Tips for Working with Beading Threads

Throughout the episode, Allie and Katelyn share their top tips for working with various beading threads:

  • Use a thread conditioner or beeswax to prevent tangling and fraying.
  • Be mindful of thread tension to ensure even beadwork and prevent thread breakage.
  • Double your thread for added strength in high-stress areas.
  • Use a thread burner or sharp scissors to create clean, precise thread ends.
  • Experiment with different thread and needle combinations to find your perfect match.

By incorporating these expert tips into your beading practice, you'll be able to work with beading threads more efficiently and achieve professional-looking results.


Understanding the characteristics and applications of various beading threads is essential for creating stunning, long-lasting jewelry pieces. By leveraging the valuable information shared in this Better Beader episode, you'll be well-equipped to choose the right thread for your projects and take your beading skills to the next level.

Remember to experiment with different threads, consider the unique requirements of each project, and don't be afraid to ask questions or seek advice from the friendly beading community. Happy beading!

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