Hint: I usually start with about 1 1/2 yards of thread. Any longer and I get too many tangles.
1. Leaving a six inch tail, string on a "stop bead" by passing through an extra bead twice. This will keep the beads from sliding off the end. Then string on six beads.
2. Add a seventh bead. Circle around and pass through the #6 bead a second time. Then keep going and pass through the #7 bead a second time. Pull the thread snug. The #7 bead sits on top of the #6 bead.
3. Add another bead. Circle around and pass through the bead directly under it. Then pass through the newly added bead again.
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4. Continue adding beads, one at a time, and attaching them to the beads beneath them, until the row is complete.
5. After the row is complete, pass all the way down the first row (straight through!) and back up the second row. This creates an extremely strong piece of beadweaving.
6. Now you can turn and begin the next row. Repeat from Step 2  until it is as long as you want.
7. To end, circle around through the beads with the thread 3-4 times and then trim. Do the same with the beginning tail by sliding off the stop bead, putting a needle on the thread, and weaving it into the beads just as you did with the end tail.
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