Beading embroidery is a very careful as well as absorbing work. Your art potential is unlimited. Beading embroidery is a perfect technique for both a big picture and small cloth-embellishment. It is a quick kind of embroidery if to compare it with cross-stitch or satin-stitch embroidery. To begin with beading embroidery you need to have an idea, buy necessary materials and instruments for work and organize your workplace carefully.
1. Decide on what you are going to embroider.
You need to choose the idea of your project. If you are a beginner, you should turn your attention to ready sets for beading embroidery with a small variety of colors and shades of beads, for instance up to 10 colors. If you want to fulfill your own idea or your favorite picture, you need to transform a picture into a pattern. Patterns of beading embroidery are pictures divided into small squares with keys. Every square corresponds to a bead of a particular color. For this purpose patterns for cross-stitch embroidery will perfectly match. Many programs can make such pattern based on any picture.
2. Buy necessary instruments for beading embroidery.
You certainly need to have following instruments:
Needles for beads. Needles should be thin No. 10 or No. 12. They should easily come through your beads.
Scroll frames. If your work isn't large, it will pass for standard embroidery hoop. The diameters of such scroll frames are different; the most common are from 12 cm to 30 cm.
If your work is large, you should buy folding scroll frames in the form of a rectangular or a square.
Lamp. Bright light will help you to avoid many mistakes in your work.
Magnifying glass. If you embroider with very small beads, you'll need a magnifying glass.
3. Buy necessary materials for beading embroidery.
Bead. This is a core element for your work, so you should choice beads carefully. There is a wide range of beads varieties. They differ in form, material, size, color and handle. So, to make a right choice you need to pay attention to the fact that:
Beads should be of high quality.
Beads should be of the same size.
Beads coverage should be even, without defects. If unusual form is not supposed by the producer, it is a defect.
The size of a bead is defined by its number. For example, 12/0 where 12 means the number of beads that can be placed on the 1 inch of thread. The line-up of bead sizes begins with 1/0 and ends with 21/0. Every producer has its own product item for each bead color and shade. You need to buy beads of those colors, which are presented in your patterns. Looking at your pattern, you can define the quantity of beads of each color you need.
The color of the thread should be neutral. The thread should be semisynthetic, metalized, thin and very strong.
The canvas is cotton, linen or combined cloth with evenly situated holes which form a net. It is very comfortable for beading embroidery. The main thing is to match the size of canvas to the size of beads, which you'll use for work.
Cloth is a basement. You can embroider any cloth with beads, but for convenience we recommend canvas as a work layer. After finishing the work, you can remove it.
4. Carefully set your place for beading embroidery.
It includes bright light, a comfortable place for an embroiderer and well-organized storage of beads. For this purpose you can buy beads organizer. It will enable you to place beads of different colors and forms to separate slots.
5. Learn the main stitches for bead fixing to cloth or canvas.
Some stitches that are used for embroidery:
"double running stitch"
(enables fixing beads at a distance from each other);
(every stitch fixes only one bead);
"raised stem stitch"
or "back and forсe stitch"
(beads are firstly threaded and then the thread is attached to the cloth after one, two or three beads)
You can find out more details about these stitches and learn some other stitches for beading embroidery in the next articles.
6. Put the outline of embroidery on the cloth.
If it is a continuous canvas of beads, then you need to mark out the middle lines of work and to find a starting point of your work.
7. Have patience and you will create your own beautiful masterpiece.
We hope that this article will offer you a helping hand in this interesting job - beading embroidery.
Let repeat our steps for start of beading embroidery:
- Decide on what you are going to embroider.
- Buy necessary instruments for beading embroidery.
- Buy necessary materials for beading embroidery.
- Carefully set your place for beading embroidery.
- Learn the main stitches for bead fixing to cloth or canvas.
- Put the outline of embroidery on the cloth.
- Have patience and you will create your own beautiful masterpiece.