I'm sure there are as many finger weaving as there are beading techniques. I'd done knotwork in high school, you know, those cute little friendship bracelets made with embroidery floss? I still have one kicking around somewhere, and it's still in good condition. Even then, I wasn't one for finishing my pieces to my wrist, like some did. ("Legend" has it, that you would keep wearing it until it fell apart, and that signified the durability of your friendship, LOL!) I preferred to finish mine with a nice loop on one end, and braids on the other, so that I could remove it for safekeeping.
I've seen some fantastic finger weaving examples on the net, but some of my favorites can be found at Robin's blog. I've always loved knotwork, and macramé, and so I wanted to try my hand at finger weaving. I've done a few already, but didn't photograph them before gifting them. However, I think I might keep this one for myself. Well, unless someone near and dear to me claims it. LOL! It's a simple piece. I wanted to use my freshwater pearls, and see if I couldn't design a "Hippie" pearl necklace.
See, I have some friends that are more into the Hippie Chique Clique, and wouldn't wear a conventional pearl necklace, and I tried to design something for that crowd. You get the softness of the thread, and the glimmer of the pearls, best of both worlds!
I didn't use conventional finger weaving thread for this piece. Wait, is there a 'conventional' thread for finger weaving? Well, in any case, the holes of the pearls being as small as they are, I couldn't get the Clon through, and I didn't have the right color Conso kicking around either, so I went for my favorite crocheting thread: Coats Button thread! LOL! It ate up the thread rather quickly, and it felt like I was weaving FOREVER! But I think it was worth it in the end.A simple button loop closure, with a large coin pearl as the clasp bead. I'm quite new to this technique, so was a bit at a loss with all the extra threads that wouldn't go through the very small hole in the coin pearl, even after reaming it for about 45 minutes! (I think I might cave and invest in a Dremel tool) So, being the queen of improvisation, well, I improvised... ;)
I think I'll use the same pearls for the next one, but with a light, sage green thread instead.