Good morning and Happy Wednesday! I’m happy to report that I finally finished stage 1 of one of the projects I’ve been working on for a while and had to put on the side due to lack of energy. But, I’m back in the game! Sort of.
I wanted to make some embroidery work for a while. Finally bit the bullet and with some info, I was able to create my first bead embroidery project and I am super happy about how it turned out. Although the design changed a little due to time constraints, I’m still super happy with the result. Here’s how I made my last name initial ‘A’ with bead embroidery.
- embroidery loop
- fabric, I used linen
- needle, super thin needle
- seed beads
- stencil or printout of design
- pencil or fabric pencil
Use the ruler to center your design in the piece of fabric chosen. Trace cutout design or stencil to fabric with fabric pencil.
Place fabric in embroidery hoop and make sure it’s tight.
Double thread your needle and pass from back to front on any edge of the design. It’s actually better if it’s not right in a corner.
Thread three seed beads through needle.
Move all the way in and taught. Pass needle front to back right at the end of the bead sequence.
Come back through the beginning of the last three bead sequence. In the pic below, I’m showing the second sequence so you can see what it’ll look like most of the time.
Pass needle through the last three beads once more, making a loop. This holds them down in place and allows for seamless continuation of beads.
Thread three more beads and start sequence again. Three beads – front to back at end – back to front at beginning – through last three beads – new three beads
Over and over again until you’re reaching the end.
For the end, you might not need three beads or you might need more. Check to see how many you would need and thread accordingly.
Before moving the needle to the back, thread through the first one or two beads of the design.
Then, pass the needle to the back and knot securely.
You’re loop is now closed.
By passing the needle through those first beads, you ensure that the last bead doesn’t turn into the fabric.
One trick I learned to make it easier to keep beads tight and in a straight line is to make it to place your needle in between the two threads when going front to back. If you look at the complete letter you can tell the difference from the left edge and right edge (the one I used this trick on).
Remove the fabric from the loop and iron as needed. Now it’s ready for the next step: pillow, canvas, blanket, purse, etc.
I might be making a pillow with mine.
Have a great day!