Bead Embroidery Tutorials (3/3/2016)
Bead embroidery is such a free-form technique. I know many of us struggle with free-form, whether it is bead embroidery, bead weaving, bead stringing, wire work or metal work. I find bead embroidery is the easiest to try out free-form techniques.
Surface bead embroidery is a wonderful way of creating complex designs for jewelry, garments and other fashion accessories. The best known and most popular method used by jewelry artisans is with needle and thread. Ann Benson of Beads East has a wonderful video tutorial to show the basics of bead embroidery. The technique of back stitching and couching with beads is easy to do for all sorts of free form designs.
I am a self taught beader. I became interested in beading about 2 years ago when I wanted to spice up a shirt. So I went out and bought beading supplied and learned using trial and error. Then I got some beading books at a used book store; those are the best for finding cool books for making crafts!
Embellishments can really add to a garment. I knew I wanted to add beads on the peplum portion of this dress, and I assumed that I would be happy with a straight border. But that just looked blah to me after perusing Pinterest for inspiration. The first step was coming up with a motif that would work with the fabric and overall garment design. I am always drawn to florals, but they did not seem quite right for this.
This tutorial is meant to be a sampler for you to become comfortable with the basic stitches used in bead embroidery. You can use bead embroidery to create all kinds of beaded jewelry, including rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings as well as other beaded wearables like belts, belt buckles, and straps for musical instruments like guitars.
It seems that I never get tired of the color turquoise. No matter what material the beads are made from, I always end up buying the turquoise colored ones! Since I have a large collection of vintage beads, I decided to indulge myself with a mix of glass, plastic, wood, and fabric in this turquoise and kiwi colored bracelet. I even had the perfect turquoise colored satin button to complete it!
For the ultimate in beading versatility, learn bead embroidery. It’s an ancient textile art form turned contemporary with Lacy’s Stiff Stuff, an innovative backing material. Follow these tips for using Lacy’s Stiff Stuff with flat-back stones or other objects that you want to adhere before embroidering.