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Free Bead Embroidery Tutorials (2/10/2014)

2014 February 10

Beaders seem to either LOVE bead embroidery or HATE bead embroidery. For those who don’t like it, is it that projects take so long? Is it a lack of creativity? Or is it just being afraid to dive into a free form project? If it seems intimidating, pick a project in a kit. Some bead embroidery teachers and designers sell kits that not only give you all the beads, but tells you exactly what to do where, along with how to do the various stitches. After doing one of those, if not several, you may find you are ready to tackle a free form project of your own.

Steampunk Zipper & Lampwork Bead Bracelet

Steampunk Zipper & Lampwork Bead Bracelet

Steampunk Zipper & Lampwork Bead Bracelet Tue, 13 Dec 2011 04:45:00 GMT

Start in the center and curl up your zipper. Tack it on. In the case of mine, I had two zippers so had a two-tone look that I rather enjoyed. One zipper that was longer than the other, so I ended up separating the two of them and really just playing with the curls. Don’t tack them down all the way – you want a sort of 3d effect here! remember to hide the cut ends of your zipper underneath the curls and tack them down especially well.

Encasing a Cabochon with Bead Embroidery Sat, 16 Feb 2013 13:30:21 GMT

In my new Eye Pendant tutorial I show how to encase a cabochon with beads using peyote stitch. But another way to secure the cabochon is to use two rows of a simple bead embroidery technique called back stitch. Below is an excerpt from my Black Eyed Susan tutorial which shows how to do this, although for the glass eye cabochons I would suggest using size 8 beads for the base row and size 11 for the upper row to give a little more height.

Bead Embroidery - How to Bead a Circle

Bead Embroidery - How to Bead a Circle

Bead Embroidery – How to Bead a Circle Sat, 01 Feb 2014 22:03:00 GMT

If I were going to make an entire bead painting using her method, I would probably try printing the picture on fabric, and beading as usual on the printed fabric with paper on the back as a stabilizer. Truth be known, I’ve always thought I might get bored beading a pre-printed picture, so I’ve never tried the technique on a full-sized piece.

Bead Embroidery Resources Sat, 24 Mar 2012 16:00:00 GMT

Today I’m going to share the great resources I’ve found. That way, if you haven’t tried bead embroidery and would like to, you’ll know where to start — and how to take your embroidery in exciting directions. I’ve also provided some examples of bead embroidery for inspiration. I divided many of the resources into jewelry and non-jewelry embroidery. Both are worth checking out, since there’s a lot of overlap between them, and both are positively gorgeous!

Red Bead Embroidered Pendant with Drops

Red Bead Embroidered Pendant with Drops

Red Bead Embroidered Pendant with Drops Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:00:00 GMT

Well, it was bound to happen.  I am now officially on a “kick” of creating these small pendants in every color combo that I can manage.  I didn’t take any process shots of this one because it all happened too fast!  But I can tell you how I made it.

Tutorial for Amazing Embroidered Pendant Mon, 22 Aug 2011 20:14:00 GMT

Tutorial for amazing embroidered pendant. You need thick fabric, thread, needle for seed beads, pins, paper, seed beads, scissors, marker and chalk, pencil and compasses.

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Set in Stone Pendant (Bead Embroidery)

Kelly shows you how to make a bead embroidered pendant. This elegant pendant should take around 2 hours to make. Kelly also has written patterns and kits available to purchase.

Soutache & Bead Embroidery

Amee’s secret ingredient is soutache, a type of colorful cord that she winds, binds, and stitches into place. The first section of this book focuses on learning the techniques, while the second section teaches readers how to incorporate these techniques into beautiful soutache projects.

orecchini bead embroidery

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