after some experimentation with different cord types and bead sizes, i've decided i prefer the heavy-duty polyester topstitching thread with #11 seed beads. these beads are usually the smallest you can find at the craft store.
|i used a 1.5mm hook with the polyester thread|
|#8 seed beads and #10 cotton crochet|
thread worked in 6sc around
with 2.0 mm hook