Bead embroidery

While the basic stitches are relatively simple, the results can be spectacular. Whether you are a new beader, want new ideas for bead applique or picot trim, or are already an expert, you’re sure to enjoy our multitude of bead embroidery patterns, projects, and technique tutorials. Unlike other types of off-loom beadweaving, bead embroidery is the stitching of seed beads to a fabric or felt-like backing. While the basic stitches used in bead embroidery are relatively simple the results can be spectacular. Bead embroidery allows you to “paint” with your beads on a fabric “canvas” for a look that you just can’t get with other beadweaving techniques. You can also easily incorporate found objects, gemstones, handmade cabochons and other unique jewelry-making components into your bead embroidery projects.

Bead embroidered fish cuffs. Creative Bead Embroidery 1 and 2 with Kinga Nichols

Bead Embroidery Comes to Life with Kinga Nichols

Kinga Nichols is creating bead art that is whimsical, unique, fun, colorful, and dynamic. Her jewelry designs are also wearable and make a statement! Her latest videos, Creative Bead Embroidery 1 and 2 break down her processes of bead embroidery on precut beading medium and bead embroidery with shaped beads and fine fabrics. Thank you…

Beaded scroll by Nancy Eha

Bead Embroidery, Beaded Fabric, Beaded Quilts, Beading Techniques

Nancy Eha – bead embroidery artist, beaded fabric quilter, beading technique expert, and all around amazing talent. Yes. I’m in awe of all she can do. And all she continues to share with us. Nancy’s next workshop, Japanese Scroll with Beaded Dragonfly and Beaded Sashiko explores bead embroidery like you’ve never seen before. She combines…

Caprice earrings, by Csilla Papp from Sensational Soutache

Bead Weaving Using Soutache, Crystals, Beads, and So Much More!

Have you soutached? Funny how we make our favorite materials into verbs, no? But really, have you soutached? It’s such a fun medium to work with. And talk about adding a punch of color! Check out these earrings from Csilla Papp’s book, Sensational Soutache Jewelry Making, which is part of the new Sensational Soutache collection.…

Sherry Serafini, bead embroidery, bead patterns

Bead Embroidery and Mixed Media Jewelry Designs

I’m a mixed media designer in the sense I mix all media I work in together, as often as I can. When I first started making jewelry, I didn’t quite get how this worked, and didn’t have the skill base to know how to work with too many different media, but knew I wanted to…

Nancy Eha's feather stitch sampler; seed bead botany course

Seed Bead Patterns and Techniques for Creating Botany

Nancy Eha is back with us, and this time she’s teaching her Seed Bead Botany course. In all of Nancy’s courses she shares seed bead patterns, techniques, and design ideas ideal for use on fabric and within bead embroidery. In the Seed Bead Botany course, Nancy covers many techniques for making flowers, leaves, vines, berries,…

Beaded quilt, by Nancy Eha Sashiko, Japanese Scroll, Beading on fabric

Learn Bead Embroidery and Sashiko from a Master Artist

15 years ago or so, I had the pleasure of meeting Nancy Eha and seeing her work in person. The colors, the stitching, the glint of gold and oh, how the beads caught the light…wow! I was not a “tiny-beads” person back then but Nancy’s work still moved me. And today? Well – when seeing Nancy’s…

backing rivoli 1

How to Prepare a Rivoli for Bead Embroidery

I was just paging through Csilla Pap’s new book, Sensational Soutache Jewelry Making. And I’ll have to say, it’s fantastic! It’s filled with beautiful projects, but also with tips and techniques that any beader would love to have in their arsenal of tricks. For instance, anyone who’s tried bead embroidery knows  it’s a challenge to…

Sherry Serafini with glasses

Bead Embroidery Expert Sherry Serafini

There are some people whose personality and talents align to flourish into a fantastic career. Sherry Serafini is one of those people. Her free, creative approach to bead embroidery is what draws people like Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge to seek out and wear her whimsical jewelry designs. And her fine…