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Bead Embroidery Tutorials (5/22/2015)

2015 May 22

Years ago I was very in love with a science fiction show, and went to it’s convention each year. I had only been beading for a short while when another beader asked if anyone wanted to make bead embroidery squares that fit together into a picture of the shows main ship. I didn’t know what I was doing, but I did it anyway. They made beautiful gifts to the show’s cast.

Bead Embroidery Pendant With A Multi-Ribbon Background

Bead Embroidery Pendant With A Multi-Ribbon Background

Bead Embroidery Pendant With A Multi-Ribbon Background Mon, 06 Apr 2015 05:00:00 -0700

I am still inspired by the beautiful springtime colors of the ribbons that I received from Offray Ribbons, which included wild berry, violet, and a textured gold ribbon. For this project, I wanted to use some polymer clay cabochons …

Ahhh, Bead Embroidery Tue, 05 May 2015 16:14:00 -0700

Over the years I have done a fair amount of bead embroidery. Oh, okay – I have done a lot of bead embroidery. I don’t talk much about the base fabric that I use, but people have started asking what I use and why. When I …

Mad Hatter Pendant

Mad Hatter Pendant

On My Table: More Bead Embroidery! Mon, 02 Feb 2015 08:31:00 -0800

On My Table: More Bead Embroidery! Back on January 19th, I blogged about the bead embroidery piece I was working on for the bead cruise Alice in Wonderland-themed party.

What I’m Learning About Bead Embroidery Thu, 09 Apr 2015 13:33:00 -0700

Needle and thread and a whole lot of beady goodness!  I’ve been fully engrossed in bead embroidery these past few weeks (you probably noticed that things have been quiet over here) and boy have I learned A LOT about materials, techniques and beading!  A few things were quite surprising.

Playing With Bead Finishes

Playing With Bead Finishes

Playing With Bead Finishes In Your Bead Embroidery Wed, 29 Apr 2015 23:00:00 -0700

One unique property of beads that comes up in all my classes is the problem of bead surface finishes. No matter how carefully we choose our colors, those pesky metallics take over. Our faceted beads reflect so much light that we can’t see the design; our favorite bead just disappears into the background.

Not Your Mother’s Bead Embroidery Tue, 07 Apr 2015 18:53:53 -0700

Using the latest beads – daggers, rizos, drops, lentils, pips and others, you can create a design with dimension – a 3-D effect  – when you add these to your project. So instead of beads just being flat to the fabric, they stand up and demand attention. You become an architect of sorts as you build with beads and watch your project come to life.

Bead Embroidery Around Free-Formed Shapes

In this video, learn the basic technique for a free form method of bead embroidery that can be used to fill in any number of shapes. This technique gives a much different look and texture to your bead embroidery.

Bead Embroidery Ring

This tutorial will show you, step-by-step how to create this bead embroidered ring. You’ll learn how to work back-stitch, and I’ll also give some tips on how to make it look neat, from my own experiences. I also recommend that you have some basic knowledge in brick-stitch, as we’ll be using it when finishing up the piece.

Intro to Bead Embroidery

This tutorial from The Potomac Bead Company gives you an introduction to bead embroidery, by bezel setting a cabochon using seed beads and Lacy’s Stiff Stuff. When embroidering, you can continue embellishing your pieces to create a variety of rings, bracelets, bangles, necklaces, pendants, or just plain art.

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