All you need is:
- 1 large bead - I use 6mm (1/4") wooden beads, but you can also use pebble size glass beads. The important thing is that the hole is large.
- Stranded silk or cotton
- no. 10 milliner's needle also sold as straw needles
Cut an 80cm (32") length of thread and ease out a single strand. Threading into the fine needle IS tricky and it is one of the only times I will moisten the end of my thread. If you find it way to tricky, try a no.10 crewel/embroidery needle however, if so you will need a thimble and possible pliers to complete the berry.
1. Take the thread through the bead leaving a tail about 8cm (3") long.
Slide the needle through the bead again in the same direction.
2. Working systematically around the bead, continue to take wrap the thread around it. As the hole fills with thread this will become a little more difficult.
3. Keep wrapping until the bead is completely covered.
4. To finish, slide a tiny bead onto the thread, then take the needle back through the wrapped bead in the opposite direction.
One completed berry. I think you will agree that threading that needle was by far the hardest part. Have fun.