Bead Embroidery

If you’ve ever seen the awesome and inspiring bead embroidery of other bead artists, 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, gemstones, 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 fashion accessories like 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 century have also been decorated with beaded embroidery.


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  • I came home from the Tucson gem, mineral and bead shows with more than just a new stash of beads. I came home with loads of new ideas! One thing is for certain as I look at my new goodies - I need some new beading tools ! I can't wait to start working
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  • Some of the first beadwork I can remember seeing as a child was Native American beadwork in the collections of our local natural history museum. I was totally captivated by the bright colors of the beads and the intricate patterns that were formed on
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  • This week, I'm stitching away on a bead embroidered collar that I want to wear during my trip to the Tucson shows next week! This week, I'm frantically stitching away on a bead embroidered collar in hopes that I will have it finished in time for
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  • My latest bead embroidery project, a large bead embroidered collar with a handmade ceramic cabochon by Lisa Peters Art . What's on YOUR beading table this Wednesday? It's Wednesday! That means we're halfway through the work week, and it's
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  • I really didn't intend on using all these crystal pearls in my bead embroidered collar. But they found their way in, just the same! I really wasn't planning on using pearls in my latest big piece of bead embroidery. This piece was the first large
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  • A little bit of bead embroidery goes a long way on a pair of my favorite jeans! Beads make fabulous jewelry, as we all know, but there are so many other crafts that you can do with beads! Crafts with beads can be things for home décor or special
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  • We all love seed beads, that's why we're here on Beading Daily. But there are so many other beads that you can add to your bead-weaving and jewelry-making projects to make them more interesting! With new beads coming out from companies such as
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  • Yes, it's that time of year again. When it comes to the holiday gift-giving season, there are two types of people. The first type, like my sister, has all the holiday shopping done before the end of August, and everything is neatly wrapped, tagged
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  • 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
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  • Brass bead embroidery blanks can be used to create beaded necklaces, pendants, collars, bracelets and earrings. My first bead embroidery project was a bracelet cuff bracelet was stitched using a lightweight aluminum cuff bracelet form that I purchased
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  • Dulcey Heller , a Beadwork magazine contributor and beader extraordinaire, mentioned that today begins National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as it's known to those who love to write. The concept is that you have the entire month of It would take
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  • I don't usually go for Halloween jewelry, but these handmade ceramic components from Lisa Peters Art were just too good to pass up! It's no secret that I'm totally addicted to the beautiful handmade ceramic beads and components from Lisa Peters
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  • What is steampunk? Steampunk is a style that can be characterized as romantic yet edgy; industrial but artistic. Steampunk is the combination of your favorite science fiction book and your favorite romance novel with equal parts metal and lace. Steampunk
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  • My finished piece of bead embroidery for Beading For a Cure. A couple of years ago, I sat in my favorite coffee shop one morning looking for something to blog about. Betcey Ventrella of Beyond Beadery suggested that I check out the amazing projects that
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  • There are a few reasons why you might want to make an open-backed bezel with peyote stitch for a cabochon. An open-backed peyote stitch bezel is great for a transparent cabochon when you don't want to glue it to a backing. Or if you have a cabochon
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  • Beaded netting is such an easy beadweaving technique, and one that I think is very often overlooked or ignored by beadweavers in favor of beading stitches like peyote stitch or herringbone stitch. It's been a favorite of mine for creating supple but
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  • I'm probably not the first person to mix chain and bead embroidery, but I certainly love it! I think the first time I saw chain and bead embroidery mixed together, it was in some of Diane Hyde's amazing Bead Punk pieces . I was totally inspired
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  • My well-loved soft tacklebox is perfect for carrying lots of beads to shows and classes. It's summer, and that means that lots of people are hitting the road for a vacation. I'll be packing up my beads and heading to a couple of beading classes
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  • Of all my beading mats and beading surfaces, my favorites have to be my Designer's Workpads and my Deluxe Bead Traveler from Designer's Findings and bead artist Diane Hyde . I was introduced to these wonderful work pads through a friend who used
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  • Summers here in the Adirondack Mountains can be hot. Maybe it's just because we're all so used to spending four or five months dealing with sub-zero temperatures, but as soon as the mercury rises, all I can think about is sitting in the pool and
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  • In the beginning, there were seed beads. And the seed beads were good. As a matter of fact, the seed beads were great. And they were numerous - so many colors and finishes and sizes of seed beads to choose from! A new beader (me) quickly fell to the spell
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  • Nicole's BeadBacking in an assortment of colors If you love to do bead embroidery , I've just discovered a bead backing that beats out everything else I've ever used: Nicole's BeadBacking. This bead embroidery medium was developed by bead
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  • Seed beads are beautiful. And not just because they're little and shiny - for me, the beauty of seed beads lies in the fact that you can do so much with them! Sure, you can string them all by themselves or stitch them together in a simple peyote stitch
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  • Learning peyote stitch opened up a whole new dimension in beadwork for me. I felt like one of those cartoon characters who suddenly gets superhuman powers, then sits back and cackles and says, "Now I will RULE THE WORLD!" Maybe peyote stitch
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  • Have you ever gotten a gift certificate that was worthy? I mean REALLY worthy, you know over $19.95? Remember the joy you felt skipping through the store picking out ANYTHING your little heart desired? No concern over how much your selections cost, whether
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  • Turquoise dreams I love big saguaro cactus, the tall desert sentinels that look like they have arms at odd angles. They must be the most iconic cacti of all cacti. But I don’t want to use their image or shape, or coyotes or bucking broncos for that
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  • Beading Daily turned two on August 1st. When I started several months before our official launch date, there were 1,500 members. Now there are more than 100,000! It's amazing that despite this huge growth, Beading Daily still feels much like it did when it started—a fun place to hang out with your
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  • Beadwork Pattern Play Challenge Deadline: August 3, 2009 Did you enjoy seeing how five designers created projects inspired by swatches of pattern in the June/July issue of Beadwork (page 56, Pattern Play Challenge)? Did you check out the two free charts
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  • Many thanks to everyone for sending in just under 100 exciting entries to our Semiprecious Beads Design contest. It was not easy to choose just three winners, but ultimately Leslie Rogalski of Step by Step Beads and I both agreed wholeheartedly on why we selected the ones we did. Every winning piece
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  • I'm thrilled to introduce today's guest editor, Robin Atkins. Robin is a nationally known bead artist and author of four books, including Beaded Embellishment, a book she co-authored with Amy C. Clarke (now Amy Clarke Moore). Her two current passions are fabricating sculptural pieces and combining
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  • Did you have a Sears Wish Book when you were a kid? This was the big Sears catalog packed with toys (and other stuff). I used to spend hours sprawled out on the floor circling all the things I wanted. Even though I rarely received anything on my wish list, it was fun to flip through the pages and dream
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  • Check these pages for instructions, illustrations, related articles/magazines/books, and occasional videos on how to bead , create jewelry, whether you favor bead stitching, stringing, or wireworking. You'll also find links to selected articles on
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  • Last year I wrote about beading resolutions. One of my main goals was to try to use a bead loom. And I'm a little embarrassed to admit I didn't quite get around to it. (I did manage to do some loom weaving with yarn, go figure!) I'm not too upset--I learned a lot of new stuff that I didn't
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  • My friend Jan recently dragged me to a knitting class. Of course, I knew that we'd need to buy yarn and needles (I do work for Interweave, after all!), but I was suprised to learn that we needed more than two needles, plus a stitch holder and darning needle. (And a crochet hook for those klutzy types
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  • We raised $1,143 for two cancer charities, the American Institute for Cancer Research and The Wellness Community, by selling the instructions for the Awareness Ribbon Pins created by designer Kerrie Slade. Thanks to everyone who helped make our first fundraiser a success! Two lucky readers also won the
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  • Global, multicultural, tribal, ethnic. These are words we use to describe things that are exotic to us, and not of our national heritage, place of origin, or even time period in which we live. Most of us are very inspired by jewelry that looks exotic, and some cultures’ designs may mysteriously appeal
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  • Fall Jewelry Trends When I say "fall jewelry", what comes to mind? Leaves? Rich colors? Certain metals? Lately I've been reaching for my copper and brass beads and findings--somehow those metals feel more earthy and fall-like. Even when
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  • Beading is a sticky craft--and I don't mean when you accidentally spill maple syrup on your beads! (Anyone else spend time contemplating how much a waffle looks like a neat little right-angle weave project?)
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  • Inspired by a Beading Daily Reader Today's post marks a Beading Daily first: my challenge project for Beadwork's June/July issue was directly inspired by one of you! When Beading Daily reader Bethany sent me an email asking me about creating jewelry
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  • "Thread is cheaper than frustration." That was some recent advice I received from Bead Expo Philadelphia instructor Liz Smith. I laughed when I read her email because it reminded me of when I started to learn beadweaving. Coming from the world
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  • Jeanward Pliershands Did you ever see that movie Edward Scissorhands ? It's a modern-day-Frankenstein fantasy about a young man who's been built with a cacophony of scissors instead of hands. Edward ends up becoming quite a master at haircutting
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  • Beading Dangerously The Beadwork challenge kit for the April/May issue didn't look dangerous. Provided by Bead It !, the kit contained garnets, seed beads, metal rounds, pearls, rondelles, fire-polished rounds, and a clasp. Not a subtle, dainty clasp
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  • More than 150 beaders from around the world submitted their beaded jewelry designs to the Glass Bead Challenge! The variety of entries was astonishing--every color palette imaginable and all types of glass beads from crystals and pressed glass to lampwork
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  • Organization Tips Large and Small Sometimes a small organizational tip can make a huge difference. My headpins are stored in tiny plastic bags and as a result, they are bent every which way. When contest finalist Susan Jacob mentioned that she kept her
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  • It's easy to be an organized beader--if you've only been to one bead shop in your entire life and your entire "stash" fits in the palm of your hand. Now that I'm a "professional" beader, I can't get by with a tiny plastic
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  • I continue to be amazed by the generosity of the beading community. A few months ago, I casually mentioned to Amy Clarke Moore that some of my Beading Daily readers wanted to learn more about bead embroidery. Not only did she create this fabulous free
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  • Necklace Ideas from Stringing Magazine When I flip through a beading magazine, I'm not only looking for beautiful pieces of jewelry, but I'm also looking for ideas and inspiration. What unusual techniques or materials can I adapt for my own designs
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  • Silver Metal Clay Pendant This beautiful Silver Sea Stone pendant by Linda Kaye Moses is an advanced Precious Metal Clay (PMC) project from Step by Step Beads magazine. It uses a real stone for its shape. A textured sheet of metal clay is draped on each
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  • Holiday Gift Ideas from Beading Daily Readers Beaded holiday pin by reader Karen Nicholson "YES!!!!" "Are you serious?!?" "Are there any other kind?" That how 95% of you answered the question: "Will you be making beaded
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  • Beading Daily Challenge Winners Thirty-four brave beaders took the first Beading Daily challenge: It Takes Two. For this challenge, beaders had to choose two techniques and create an original pair of earrings. Wireworking was definitely the most popular
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  • The First Beading Daily Challenge I'm SO excited to announce the first challenge for Beading Daily members! I was supposed to wait until Friday to announce it, but frankly, I thought I might explode if I waited any longer! The theme: It Takes Two
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  • I love bags. There's something that's just so appealing about having a pretty bag that you can tote your stuff in, whether a lipstick or a laptop. Other women may fuss about shoes, but for me, it's all about the bag! Over the weekend I worked
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  • Ever have one of those weeks? You rip your skirt getting out of the car, your boss says something upsetting, the grocery store has absolutely no mint chip ice cream . . . And then something happens to put it all into perspective. In my case, I found a
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  • Hello seed beaders! I bet you thought I forgot all about you, didn't you? One of the wonderful things—as well as one of the challenges—about Beading Daily is that every bit of the beading world is being covered. This is a very diverse
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  • Necklace by Ashley, a teen member of Ohio Beaders Last year, at the age of 14 1/2, Ashley created this beautiful rhodonite, black onyx, and sterling silver necklace and earring set. ( See a close-up of her project .) Ashley creates a lot of "emergency
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  • Meet Designer Heather Hall Topic: People and Events When I was reviewing past Beadwork projects, I kept returning to Heather Hall's " Sacred Healing Bag ." This little peyote stitched bag has a huge personal story behind its creation. I
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  • Inspired by the Quilt Journal Project , bead artist Robin Atkins invited beaders to participate in a year-long bead embroidery journal project beginning June 2007. Each month, more than 200 participants create one beaded page per month for one year. Here's
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  • The finished (finally!) necklace What did I do that was so outrageous? I went on Beading Daily and promised that I would have something finished to show in one month's time. Now, I know some of you are probably thinking that doesn't sound so bad
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