Beading Cord, Thread, & Fiber
C-Lon® Cord is an extra-heavy twisted multi-filament nylon thread which can be used for bead stringing, micro-macramé and bead crochet. Thread diameter is less than 0.5mm. It fits easily one time through Miyuki 11/0 seed beads, and the doubled thread passes easily through Miyuki 8/0s. The breaking strength is 34 lbs.
C-Lon® cord is available in 104 colors on 86 yard spools at Let’s Bead!
C-Lon® Fine Cord is the newest of the C-Lon® cords - sized halfway between Micro C-Lon® and regular C-Lon® Cord. It is made of 3-ply twisted multi-filament thread with a diameter of 0.4mm. C-Lon® Fine Cord has breaking strength of 25 lbs.
C-Lon® Fine Cord is available in 43 colors on 320 yard spools at Let’s Bead!
C-Lon® Micro Cord is made of bonded, 3-ply twisted multi-filament thread with diameter of 0.12mm. Similar to Nymo E, C-Lon® Micro Cord has breaking strength of 11 lbs. It is ideal for bead crochet with 11/0 and 15/0 seed beads, for loom work, and micro macramé.
C-Lon® Micro Cord is available in 32 colors on 320 yard spools at Let’s Bead!
C-Lon® Heavy Cord is made of .9mm nylon twisted 3-ply multi-filament bead cord for micro-macramé, kumihimo, bead stringing, and bead crochet. Fits through most 4mm beads, size 8/0 seed beads once, and size 6/0 beads twice. The breaking strength is approximately 75 lbs.
C-Lon® Heavy Cord is available in 48 colors on 39 yard spools at Let's Bead!
Illusion monofilament cord is a single-strand, very thin, clear nylon bead cord that is similar to fishing line. It is most often used for illusion or floating necklaces. Soft, yet durable, it is nearly invisible and virtually disappears next to the skin. Illusion cord is fine enough to thread through pearls and 11/0 seed beads. To hold beads in place, use knots, crimp beads, or G-S Hypo Cement.
Illusion Cord is available in .010” 50 meter rolls at Let’s Bead!
Satin Cord is great for jewelry, crafts, Kumihimo braiding, macrame, and knotting projects. It is a strong, high-quality cord with a shiny look and soft satin feel. Satin cord is available in three sizes:
- #1 (size 0) "Bugtail"
- #2 (size 1) "Mousetail"
- #3 (size 2) "Rattail"
Ultrasuede® is the world's first ultra-microfiber made of 100% polyester. Ultrasuede® feels like natural suede, but it is resistant to stains and discoloration. It is a woven fabric, but resists pulling or fraying because it is combined with a polyurethane foam in a non-woven structure.
Ultrasuede® is available in 22 colors at Let's Bead!
Grecian Leather Cord is a high quality cord that begins with genuine cowhide. The cord is double painted and lacquered for long lasting color that resists rubbing off. The drying process allows the leather to continue to breathe, which adds life to both the cord and the paint finish. The result is a smooth, textured leather cord that is pliable, yet strong.
Let's Bead! carries Grecian Leather Cord in many colors/sizes
Hemp Cord is terrific for creating macramé designs using any kind of beads. No needle is needed to string beads on hemp. Simple knots, braids, and weaving patterns are easy to learn and make interesting hemp jewelry designs. Hemp cord is a natural, biodegradable, and eco-friendly alternative to cotton and synthetic cord.
Stretch Magic™ Elastic Cord is a strong, flexible plastic elastic cord, used frequently for “stretchy” bead bracelets, hair bands, and necklaces. The secret is a high-tech polymer that does not crack or become hard over time. Because the ends do not fray, it is easy to string. Secure the ends with a square knot (add a dot of jewelry glue for added strength) or crimp. Do not use with sharp edged beads.
Let’s Bead! carries Stretch Magic™ in sizes 0.5mm, 0.8mm, and 1mm
Hand-dyed silk strands and ribbon - from soft pastels to rich jewel tones - are luxuriously beautiful and soft to the touch. The silk ties can be used as hair accessories, to hang pendants, make bracelets, or in other jewelry making projects.
Gossamer Floss is a latex-free elastic that stretches to seven times its original size without losing its memory. It is fine enough to pass through size 11 seed beads and freshwater pearls and will not crack or harden over time.
Chinese Knotting Cord is a round cord made from nylon that is braided, not twisted. It has a core cord running through its center which helps to give the cord its stiffness and maintain its round shape. It has a beautiful grip to it, holds the knots tightly and its ends can be sealed with a flame or thread burner. Perfect for micro macramé, kumihomo and shambala bracelets.
.5mm Fits easily through 11/0 seed beads and twice through 8/0's; .8mm Fits easily through 8/0 seed beads and twice through 6/0's; 2mm polyester covered elastic cord used with large-hole beads for stretchy bracelets
C-Lon® beading thread is a UV-resistant nylon polymer thread similar to Nymo. C-Lon is strong, lightweight and durable. It feels like silk and has the drape and ease of Nymo, but with the durability of Fireline or other monofilament products. It has almost no stretch and can be used for many different purposes including loom warping and weaving, peyote stitch, netting, or any other multi-pass bead stitches. With its glossy finish and rich colors, it will hold up well over time and not break down due to needle or bead abrasion as fast as other threads. C-Lon thread is color-fast. No need to use beeswax or Thread Heaven with C-Lon.
C-Lon® Size D thread (similar to Nymo D) is suitable for use with Delicas, 11/0s, 10/0s, or larger beads. Use with #10 or #12 English beading needles.
C-Lon® D Thread is available in 36 colors at Let's Bead!
Made of non-twisted filament, Nymo is a .30mm lightly pre-waxed nylon thread. The thread tends to fray if you work the same piece for too long, but it is reasonably strong, and the pre-waxed element of it means that it slides through fabric or beads quite well. It is primarily made for light-weight beads. It can be doubled, but even then, it should not be used with heavier beads.
Nymo sizes B [72yd bobbins] and D [64yd bobbins] are available in 20 colors at Let's Bead!
SoNo Beading Thread is a cross between Nymo and Silamide. It was designed for beadworkers by master beader Sonoko Nozue. This nylon thread is strong enough that it does not require doubling, and is difficult to pierce because it does not shread. Tangling is minimized because it does not cling. Manufactured in Japan, it is available in 5 colors on 110 yard spools.
SoNo is available in all 5 colors at Let’s Bead!
K.O. beading thread is a single-ply, parallel filament nylon thread that is supple, fray-resistant, tangle-resistant, colorfast, very strong, can be knotted tightly, and is preconditioned. It has a flat profile and works beautifully with all off-loom bead weaving stitches and bead embroidery. The fibers of the cut end stay together, making it easy to thread on any size needle. Its smooth, hard surface - which has a slightly shiny finish - makes splitting with the needle point difficult and allows several passes through small hole beads. Like other nylon threads, K.O. can be cut and burned with a thread burner. The size is comparable to Nymo B. Manufactured in Japan, it is available in 18 colors on 55 yard spools.
K.O .is available in all 12 colors at Let’s Bead!
Gudebrod Silk is a smooth, twisted, colorfast 3-ply thread made of natural silk in sizes 00 to FFF. The 100% silk ply of Gudebrod provides a high-quality lustrous finish and a graceful drape. Gudebrod stretches, so protect the clasp area from the wear and tear of the findings by using bullion/gimp/French wire. Over time, oils from the skin and cosmetics can weaken silk, so jewelry should be checked and restrung as necessary, usually every few years.
A wide variety of colors of Gudebrod Silk are available at Let's Bead!
FireLline® is a synthetic beading thread made of gel-spun polyethylene material that is very strong. Use Fireline in place of Nymo or Silamide for sharp-edged beads. It is excellent for woven projects, either on or off loom and is relatively resistant to abrasion. The short tail of the thread has a tendency to wrap itself around the working end, causing tangling and knotting. Minimize tangling by keeping the tail end as short as possible (less than 2 inches) and using Thread Heaven conditioner. Secure with knots, not crimps. Fireline is available in sizes 4, 6, 8, and 10 lb. test strength in Crystal and Smoke.
Gutermann Heavy Duty thread is a must for bead crochet projects. Gutterman is strong enough to withstand many years of wear in bracelets or necklaces, and is available in a wide variety of colors.