Thanks so much for your encouragement, Betsy. I began with a long piece of silk ribbon & pulled the thread through the bead leaving only enough to knot & have a bit of length left. Then I kept running the silk ribbon through the bead center while wrapping the bead, overlapping the ribbon on each pass a pinch so no wood would show through. On the last pass through, I made sure to come out of the opposite side of the bead from that initial length. That left me with some ribbon on both ends. Sometimes I used that to tie with an adjoining bead's ribbon to have a knot and some bit of ribbon free, & if I used a long enough length of ribbon initially, I'd knot that to the next bead & also run it through the next bead as the stringing material. The challenge was that the bead holes were rough and would tear the ribbon if it I did too many passes through it.