Introduction to Beading: Getting Started with Bead Embroidery Jewelry
The idea of creating a beautiful creation from scratch with your hands makes your heart accelerate and leaves you feeling as though you are on Cloud 9. And if your project involves bead gemstones, that’s like icing on the cake. This year may be the perfect time for you to try your hand—literally—at bead embroidery jewelry.
Bead embroidery refers to a kind of beadwork that involves stitching beads to surfaces of leather, fabric, or suede using a thread and needle. The embellishment you create isn’t an essential portion of the structure of the textile you’re working with. This makes it different from bead knitting, bead weaving, and bead crochet.
With the bead embroidery jewelry-making technique, you can easily create alluring bracelets, statement necklaces, pendants, and earrings. This technique can be a lot of fun, as you can allow your creative juices to flow when creating your designs.
Wondering how to get started with creating your own bead embroidery jewelry for yourself or your jewelry-loving clients? Take a look at this guide on bead embroidery for beginners, where we’ll focus on embroidering around patterns and small cabochons or shaped/polished gemstones.
Before you create bead embroidery jewelry, you’ll need to collect a few essential supplies. These include seed beads that are round, like TOHO seed beads. The beads you choose can be any color and size.
Also, you’ll need a beading needle that is either size 12 or size 10. Some beading thread, jewelry glue, and a pencil should also be in your jewelry-making arsenal. In addition, be sure to get some beading foundation and some flat-back cabochons that are either glue-on or stick-on.
Your first step for making bead embroidery jewelry as part of this guide on bead embroidery for beginners is to sketch your desired pattern onto the beading foundation using your pencil. Your foundation should be easy to use, as it is stiff. This material is excellent for this project because its edges won’t end up fraying. In addition, your needle can easily go through it despite its toughness.
Then, put your cabochon on the foundation where you’d like it to stay. You’ll be beading around this gemstone. A stick-on cabochon is appropriate to use for practice, but you’ll want to use the glue-on type if you’re ready to make an actual piece of jewelry.
Next, you’ll want to start your bead embroidery project by threading your needle through your foundation from the bottom, moving along a line that you drew earlier. It may be helpful for you to begin at the line’s ending or starting point.
Afterward, thread on four beads, making sure that they are sitting along your chosen line as close together and neatly as possible. Pass the needle back through your beading foundation, going next to the final bead. Be sure to keep following your chosen line during this process.
Next, flip the foundation over, leaving a tail that is about six inches long. Tie your thread’s ends together on your foundation’s underside using a double knot. Next, go through your foundation again with the needle. Where your needle comes up, there should be beads on either side of it; specifically, the needle should appear after your first two TOHO beads.
Pass the needle through your final two beads so that your needle will be ready to pick up extra beads. This entire process allows you to secure your beads to your foundation, which will prevent them from moving around excessively while following your chosen line.
When it comes to embroidering around your cabochon, be sure to sew around it fully. Your main goal is to sit the beads as closely together as possible without packing them too tightly.
Continue to sew your beads along your drawn lines. Feel free to pick up five or more beads at one time if you wish. However, try not to sew nine or more beads at once, as this will make the bead embroidery jewelry work looser on your foundation fabric.
When making your bead embroidery jewelry designs, be sure to trim away excess fabric near your beads. Of course, be careful so that you don’t cut through your thread.
Also, consider using glue to add a backing to the back side of your foundation, as this side likely won’t look as attractive as your beaded side will. Ideally, you’ll want to use felt, leather, or ultra-suede for your backing.
By following the above tips, you’ll be able to create beautiful beaded jewelry pieces in no time. And the more you practice these steps, the more you’ll see yourself getting increasingly better at producing these creative works of art.
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At BeadsVenture, we offer glass, round TOHO 11/0 seed beads in a wide variety of hues. For instance, you can find opaque cherry or periwinkle seed beads in our online store. You can also find seed beads in the hues of metallic hematite, Ceylon snowflake, and even Ceylon apricot. Other colors include opaque turquoise, gray, lavender, shamrock, dandelion, rosaline, and even sunshine. These seed beads can effortlessly be used to fashion jewelry pieces that will suit a range of tastes and ensembles.
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Order from our broad collection of seed beads for bead embroidery jewelry, and use this guide on bead embroidery for beginners to create pieces that you and your clients will fall in love with time and time again.