If you've ever seen the awesome and inspiring bead embroidery
of artists like Sherry Serafini, you might have been inspired to try your hand
at this particular beading technique. 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, gemstone and handmade cabochons, and other unique jewelry-making
components into your bead-embroidery projects.
While bead embroidery can be used to make spectacular beaded
jewelry, it can also be used to add a decorative touch to all sorts of things such
as purses and handbags, clothing, and even shoes! Bead embroidery is instantly
recognizable in Native American beadwork, and some of the most breathtaking
fashions seen on the runway in the twenty-first
have also been decorated with beaded embroidery.
Because bead embroidery is such a versatile beading
technique, we chose five of our favorite bead-embroidery patterns that cover a
wide range of styles and techniques. To start, make the Kachina Goddess Pin by
Jody Johnston-Duran and learn how to incorporate cabochons and bugle beads into
your bead-embroidery projects. Dustin Wedekind's beautiful Illuminated Letters
will help you master beaded backstitch while you create a personal bead-embroidered
pin inspired by the richly illustrated manuscripts from the Renaissance. You
can also use beaded embroidery to embellish a keepsake pouch by creating
Marlene Blessing's Captive Heart Pouch. Judy Brownell's Star-Studded Bracelet
shows that sometimes less can be more in bead embroidery - especially when it
involves some sparkling crystal sew-on beads. Finally, practice all your new
bead-embroidery skills when you create Kelli Burns's Day in the Sun bead-embroidered
cuff with its vibrant garden of Lucite flowers and brightly colored seed beads.
So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and download your copy of Bead Embroidery Patterns: 5 Free Beaded Patterns for Beading Embroidery now! You'll find instructions for all five bead embroidery projects, plus tips and basic techniques for making beautiful bead embroidery projects.
Bead embroidery is a wonderfully versatile beading
technique. Whether you like your bead-embroidery patterns to be fun and fast or
more complex and textured, bead embroidery is the perfect way to blend seed
beads and other jewelry-making components into gorgeous and unique beaded
jewelry and accessories. Enjoy these free beading patterns for bead embroidery
and see where they lead you on your personal beading journey!
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