I love beading around components as in doing brick stitch around a circular or oval link. The problem I have is that the beading begins to cup after a couple rounds rather than lying flat. Any suggestions?
Are you doing any increases as you are adding additional rounds? You will either need to increase the beads on a round or could possibly accomplish the same by using a larger bead, such as going to a size 8o after a round of size 11o seeds.
Or.............the cupping could also indicate too many increases in a particular row. I have personally erred both directions, not enough and too much increasing. Since I wanted a ruffled effect after about 4 or 5 rows on one project, it got easier, I just increased like a mad woman after my nice flat surround which involved minimal increases in each row. Tension can also mess you up on this, if you don't allow the work to flow, your tension combined with not enough increases can produce cupping. Also after a number of wildly increasing rows I did have to change up to a larger bead. This is something where you can practice and practice............ I have one of my more spectacular failures pinned to my corkboard, it reminds me that this is not my best stitch. The good thing about beading is that you can cut your errors or unravel a row and off you go again. I have cut things apart and learned in my mind that all I have lost is some string. Donna