What is the word for what we are doing to the thread when we "thread a bead"? Are we "beading" the thread? The closest word that I could find was "extrude" but I think that this is more of a manufacturing term than an arts & crafts term.
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Sure, you can both bead a thread and vice versa, as the first sense of the verb bead given by the OED is:
And it gives citations sush as these:
This is the Provisional sense of verbing a noun.
If the noun "
(There is also an opposite Privative sense, which means 'to deprive of or remove
Since in the Provisional sense the direct object is provided with the verb's noun, then whether one uses thread the beads or bead the thread depends on whether it is the beads or the thread that is viewed as the main "possessor" noun. Similar remarks apply to the verb string, which is probably more common in construction with bead.
You are threading the string through the bead. Definition 2a (2) from Merriam-Webster.