Thursday, September 28, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #30: Bead Embroidery

There is an enormous amount of information and a wide variety of styles when it comes to Bead Embroidery. I usually use it for showcasing the beauty of cabochons. If you have seen my Etsy shop or Facebook page you might know I have a current obsession with Lisa Peters Art Cabs (one of which I should have used for this tutorial, but didn't). I actually used a pretty Ocean Jasper Cab for my example piece, it reminded me of nature and fall! Nancy Dale from the group I mentioned last week was nice enough to remind me that there isn't a wrong way to do bead embroidery so I am going to go with that in mind and show you how I did it, with a few good links here and there from others! Here is the cab I embroidered for this week:

I start my bead embroidery with a cab of some kind glued to a beadable substrate. I use Pellon Ultra firm stabilizer that I can get easily at fabric and craft stores. I have found it comes in black and white. The white can be dyed or colored to match- to get a good match for the color of the beads I am using and to fill gaps where it shows through I use Sharpies. I have heard/read that Lacy's Stiff Stuff is a great substrate to use, and it is featured in the videos I suggest, but I have always found it seems to be expensive compared to what I use. See my disclaimer, but for something you are covering up, why pay a premium?! Now on to the example pictures!

Here is my Ocean Jasper cab glued to black Pellon (please forgive the cat fur, that is an unavoidable thing in my house).

For this example I used size 11 seed beads and back stitched around the cab.
Firemountain Gems has a picture tutorial showing how to backstitch and Beadaholique has a video. The important thing to remember, that I still have to remind myself, is to make sure you stitch down an even number of beads, otherwise a second row of Peyote won't work!
  

I added the second row with Peyote to start create the bezel around the cab, Potomac Bead Company has a video that shows how to add this row (the adding of the row starts about 4:45 in). Adding this row is the same as doing even count Peyote just around in a circle.
  

For this cab I needed to add another row. Thinner cabs might require less rows, or a row of smaller beads like 15's. Larger/thicker cabs might need a bunch of rows to create a good looking bezel- each cab is different!

For this example cab I added one more Peyote row and tried to be fancy and go every other bead for a zig-zag effect like this cab which is for sale in my Etsy shop. Instead I ended up with a sort of top half zigzag, bottom half straight peyote look. I liked it enough to keep going and kept it. This is part of the fun of Bead Embroidery for me, finding out where I am going as I get there! :)

    

For the next row I tried something new and used some Czech two holed brick beads as a surrounding row. This row is added in the same way as the back stitch row only I used bricks and 11's instead of all 11's.


I then added 3mm beads in between the outside holes of the brick beads. I adapted the back stitch and tacked the outside beads down to the Pellon as I went. This is only one way to do it- sometimes I string all the beads then go back and tack them down from the underside. As Nancy said, there is not a wrong way! I did have to adapt this row- If you look closely at the sides you can see that the 3mm beads wouldn't fit in between all of the bricks so I left them out on both sides. As long as it turns out symmetrical I like it!


I decided that I liked the way the bricks framed the cab and tacked them all down to the Pellon. Then I brought the remaining thread up through so that when I trimed the edge it didn't get cut off.

Beadaholique has a video showing how to trim around and attach the backing. The most important part of this step is to be careful not to clip the threads from previous stitches and make sure that the shape you end up with is smooth.
    

For this cab I used a neutral leather as the backing. This is my backing of choice since I have a bunch of it. The area I live in has a grand history of furniture making, so I have been lucky to find a good amount of scrap leather at yard sales and thrift stores.
  

Where I disagree with the video is on the application of the glue. I use E6000 (in a well ventilated area) because it is durable and long lasting. I also don't spread it with my finger :) I do agree that the glue should not go all the way to the edge, it makes adding the edge nearly impossible if you have to pass through dried glue everytime. Most cabs I make get set aside for a day or two at this point for some airing out and glue curing time.

  

After the glue is dry I add the edging. The edging is what sandwiches the Pellon and the backing and covers where they meet. Jamie Cloud Eakin has a YouTube video that shows how to do the edging I used on this cab. I call it Brick Stitch edging since it is done in basically the same way as brick stitch. She has several good videos about bead embroidery, I would suggest checking them out if interested!

  

I didn't add a bail or any finishing to this cab because I am going to use it again for next week and add some fringe to it! See you then!


*Disclaimer:
I am not affiliated with, paid by, or endorsed by anyone. By posting about beading and/or beading products I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way. All opinions expressed here are mine, and aren't meant to be taken as anything more than an opinion or suggestion from some stranger on the internet 😀

Coming weeks: 

October 5th: Fringe

October 12th: African Helix

October 19th: Carolina Spiral (something different)



Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Thursday, September 21, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #29: Flat Chenille

Flat Chenille stitch is a quick and cute stitch. I should have done this post right after tubular Chenille and right before Pondo stitch. That would have made sense but required planning :) All the way back in March I covered tubular Chenille stitch and this week I am covering the same stitch, only flat.


My flat Chenille bracelet is similar to my Pondo bracelet but has matte black 8's and turquoise colored 11's. I also (because it was already on the needle) used crystal Fireline. The thread really shows in the picture though it isn't that bad in person.

For the second time my weekly post matches up with Nancy Dale's beady prompt. I suppose great beady minds think alike :) Find her prompt in the Facebook group NEDbeads Monthly Beading Prompts and on Nancy's blog if you are interested in what she and others are doing with Chenille stitch!

Her suggestion of where to learn Flat Chenille is the same as where I was going to suggest. Chenille stitch by Jean Cox on Interweave has a picture tutorial that clearly represents how this stitch is done. There are also several videos on YouTube, but none that stuck out to me as "the one"

In my post about Pondo stitch  I mentioned Gwen Fisher's charts and blog about related bead stitches. This would also be a good reference for understanding flat Chenille.

Next week I am going to cover what I do and call Bead Embroidery.  I am self taught and have learned everything I do from reading and trial and error- so many errors. Fair warning I most likely do things "the wrong way".* It will be an adventure!


*Disclaimer:
I am not affiliated with, paid by, or endorsed by anyone. By posting about beading and/or beading products I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way. All opinions expressed here are mine, and aren't meant to be taken as anything more than an opinion or suggestion from some stranger on the internet 😀

Coming weeks: 

September 28th: Bead Embroidery

October 5th: Fringe

October 12th: African Helix




Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Thursday, September 14, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #28: Beaded Beads

Beaded Beads! My love and passion for beading is rooted in the amazement I have every time a pile of beads becomes a self supporting bead of its own! As you may know if you follow me on Facebook, Instagram or this blog- is that I entered the Battle of the Beadsmith for the first time this year. I had planned to cover beaded beads as one of my posts well before I knew I was entering the battle and before I knew what I was going to make. My rookie battle piece is made out of a rainbow of beaded beads. Last year my entire year of blog posts was dedicated to beaded beads. I might have a beaded bead problem.... :)


Currently the voting for Round 1 of the battle is over. The winners of round one have been announced and Steven has paired up round 2. My battle piece did not make it past the first round, but I am still happy I got to participate. I love seeing all the creative ways people use beads! Click on over to the Facebook page Battle Of The Beadsmith: Official to see all the entries this year. There is eventually going to be a round 2 to vote on. :)

My Battle piece contains over 200 unique beaded beads, many of them similar to or derived from the beads from my blog posts from last year.

There are dodecahedron beaded beads like Beaded bead #1 from last year's project.
   
Some of the beads are made from SuperDuos like Beaded Bead #2 
  
There are a couple of Icosahedron beads like Beaded Bead #8
There are a variety of cube beads including those like in my post about Beaded bead #14

I am going to suggest if you want haven't made beaded beads, get on that and visit my blog posts from last year. I tried my best to find good affordable tutorials for the beaded beads and included them in my posts.  I also have two of my own beaded bead tutorials on Etsy. There are at least 5 beads in my battle piece that were based on my Duocube tutorial

One of the more common beads I made for my battle piece is a dodecahedron made from SuperDuos. Unlike the bead I made for beaded bead #2 last year, this one is made by only using one hole of the bead for the core. I took a few pictures to show what I did. If you are familiar with the construction of a dodecahedron this bead is going to be an easy one and you won't even need my pictures! If you aren't familiar- visit my dodecahedron beaded beads in my post Beaded bead #1 from last year's project.

Here's a quick and partial how to :)
Need: 30 Superduos and a small pile of size 11 seed beads.

Pick up 5 Superduos and create a circle. Tighten by passing through them again or tying a knot, whichever you prefer.
   

Pick up 4 beads and pass through the bottom hole of the starting bead creating a circle.
   

Continue through the next bead in line. Pick up 3 beads and continue through the last bead in the previous circle and through the starting bead and make a circle. 

Continue using the "bottom" holes of the Superduos to complete a dodecahedron. 

  

  



Reverse the thread path up through the "top" hole of the last Superduo exited. Add size 11 beads in between all of the "top" holes of the Superduos weaving around until all the spaces are filled. The core will be a little floppy at this point but will tighten up as the outside beads are added.


 

Voila- a beaded bead! Weave in any extra thread and done!



*Disclaimer:
I am not affiliated with, paid by, or endorsed by anyone. By posting about beading and/or beading products I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way. All opinions expressed here are mine, and aren't meant to be taken as anything more than an opinion or suggestion from some stranger on the internet 😀

Coming weeks: 

September 21st: Flat Chenille

September 28th: Bead Embroidery

October 5th: Fringe

Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Thursday, September 7, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #27: Flat Spiral

Flat Spiral. I honestly dislike this stitch. I made a Flat Spiral bracelet I like using gumdrops and neon beads and still- no love for the stitch. It has floppy loops, it is difficult to keep the tension right and there are only so many times a bead can be passed through without breaking.




I know this is not like my traditional posts where I brag about the stitch, send readers to try it themselves and show how I do it. This is will most likely be the last Flat Spiral I do. I would rather spend my time brick stitching with 15's! I did go back and reinforce along the edge of my bracelet and connected the floppy loops.

If you really want to make your own Flat Spiral Google has the links to so many free tutorials!
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Battle Update! 

Voting for the first round is happening right now!!! The winners of round 1 group C have already been announced and the voting for the first round of groups A & B are ready! Voting for group B (my group) closes tomorrow. 

Visit the Facebook group: Battle Of The Beadsmith: Official to check out all the pieces and vote if you want to!

*Disclaimer:
I am not affiliated with, paid by, or endorsed by anyone. By posting about beading and/or beading products I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way. All opinions expressed here are mine, and aren't meant to be taken as anything more than an opinion or suggestion from some stranger on the internet 😀

Coming weeks: 

September 14th: Beaded Beads

September 21st: Flat Chenille

September 28th: Bead Embroidery

Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth