Stitch - Seed Bead Embroidery, Biżuteria projekty

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Basics of Seed Bead Embroidery
©2000 Judith Bertoglio-Giffin, * These instructions are for your private use only.
Seed bead embroidery or applique is simply
sewing beads down to a backing. With that said,
it does take practice to get the beads to lay down
nice and flat. One thing to remember is that the
couching thread does take up a tiny bit of space
between the beads. There are various instructions for how to stitch beads down
onto a fabric or other backing. All of them are just a bit different or have
various uses. The following instructions are for the way I do it and some of my
barrettes are still going strong 15 years later.
11/0 or smaller seed beads
alternative backing is “Lacy’s Stiff Stuff”
Size B or D nylon beading thread
size 12 beading needle
Size 12 Sharps needle
Stiff woven buckram
iron-on non-woven interfacing
or non-woven interfacing & fusible web
Barge Cement
Leather or Ultra suede
Fray Check
, or glue
Scissors, small pliers, flat work surface
Draw or trace your design onto the interfacing. The interfacing is just transparent enough to
allow you to trace and color in a design. If you starch the heck out of the interfacing & iron it
you can
run it through your color printer. Just remember that ink jet printer inks are
water soluble and
will bleed
through the interfacing! Fuse the interfacing to the buckram with
your iron. You are now ready to start beading. It's called couching. Thread the beading needle,
tie a knot in the ends and seal the knot with Fray Check or glue.
Pick a starting point and bring your needle up to the front of the fabric.
Pick up 4 to 6 seed beads on your needle, lay them
down and spot sew (couch) between every 2
beads. Bring your needle back up through the
backing just behind the last bead and pass it
through the bead. Pick up 4 - 6 more beads and
continue sewing down beads within your pattern.
Take care that the rows of beads lay flat and do not
buckle or bulge.
Cut the backing close around the finished beadwork, being very careful not to cut through your stitching. Place
the leather against the back of the beadwork and cut to shape, leaving it just a touch larger all around. Mark placement of the
finding and cut slits for the ends to go through. Place the finding on the
wrong side of the leather and poke ends through to the right side. Apply
leather glue (Barge Cement) to the back of the leather, making sure some
goes in under the bar. Place the glue side to the wrong side of the beaded
piece and firmly press in place. Let the glue set up for at least an hour. If
needed, finish trim the leather even with the edge of the bead work. If the
white backing shows, use a permanent marker and carefully color the edge.
Thread the "sharps" needle, seal the knot and bury it between the
layers of backing. Neatly whip stitch all edges. When you come to
the end, carefully bury the end by sewing between the layers
several times. If you want a neater edge you can finish it with a
single or 3-bead picot stitch and even continue adding a ruffled
peyote edge if you feel adventurous.
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