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Bead Embroidery Tutorials (8/21/2015)

2015 August 21

I’ve got some interesting bead embroidery tutorials and tips today. Sometimes, the tips you get from any beader who has more experience in bead embroidery than you is invaluable. What backing to use? How to edge stitch? Needles? Knots? Fireline or thread? Find some of your answers in what I’ve found today.

Braid-and-Bead Embroidery

Braid-and-Bead Embroidery

Make Soutache: Braid-and-Bead Embroidery Jewelry Thu, 23 Jul 2015 05:00:50 -0700

Soutache can be curved and shaped into many patterns and because it is essentially a textile. The threads/trim used to make a soutache come in many colors and are often made of natural fabrics such as silk and wool. Synthetic, semi-synthetic fibers, and metallic threads of silver or gold may also be used.

Bead Embroidery Tip: Make Your Own Portable Bead Tray Mon, 06 Jul 2015 06:30:00 -0700

For stitchers who are interested in adding sparkle to their embroidery using beads, you’ll quickly find that some kind of bead tray is a good thing to have on hand. A bead tray is pretty much just what it sounds like: a tray (or something similar) where you put your beads while you’re working with them. It keeps your working beads confined, so that they don’t roll about on the table, but it also allows you to easily access them with your needle.

Seed Bead Embroidery Barefoot Sandal

Seed Bead Embroidery Barefoot Sandal

Seed Bead Embroidery Barefoot Sandal Sun, 09 Aug 2015 22:04:33 -0700

This tutorial details how to create this seed bead embroidered barefoot sandal. It may also be slightly modified to work as a handflower bracelet (or formally referred to as “slave bracelets”). Time to make is (roughly) 5-6 hours for beginners and 3-4 hours for those with beading experience.

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 started, I was using an interfacing fabric, then craft felt, interfacing with an iron-on “canvas”, Lacey’s Stiff Stuff, Nicole’s Bead Backing, and just recently a bead foundation by the BeadSmith company.

Bead Embroidery and Brick Stitch

Bead Embroidery and Brick Stitch

Combining Bead Embroidery and Brick Stitch Beadwork Wed, 03 Jun 2015 11:40:00 -0700

Who knew when I started dabbling in bead embroidery that it would bring me back to my favorite beading stitch – brick stitch? As I mentioned in my post on Getting Started with Bead Embroidery, my previous bead embroidery works involved covering stains on clothing, not making jewelry.

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.

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