I love to do bead embroidery. Bead embroidery is sewing beads onto fabric sort of like bead appliqué. You can stitch anything on fabric as long as the beads or thread holds it to the fabric. The supplies consist of thread, seed beads, cabochons, or beads of your choice, needles, ruler, scissors, glue, bead scoop, marker, toothpick for spreading glue and a bead board. Depending on how you finish your work, you might also need a crimper, needlenose pliers and wire cutters. Most of these supplies you already have around the house. You will also need a foundation to bead on like Lacy’s Stiff Stuff or Easy Felt that you can buy at your craft store. These foundations are stiff enough to bead on. You will also need ultrasuede to finish the back of the project.
So after accumulating all your supplies, you’re ready to bead. The sky is the limit on how to do bead embroidery and what your imagination can come up with. To learn more about bead embroidery, you can see the beautiful necklaces and bracelets by these two artists, Sherry Serafini (http://www.serafinibeadedjewelry.com/) and Heidi Kummli’s (http://www.freespiritcollection.com/) .
Together they wrote a fantastic bead book called “The Art of Bead Embroidery.” It shows detailed pictures of how to do each project, and there are 11 of them in the book. If you like this type of beadwork, you’ll be hooked immediately. Also Google “bead embroidery” to find out more about it and look at some great eye candy. You’ll also find other great books on this subject.
I will be taking 2 classes from Sherry Serafini in November. One’s a necklace and the other one she is teaching is a bracelet. I’ve tried to get into her classes for at least 4 years but the classes were either too far away or something came up. But this time, I made sure I could attend her classes. After taking her classes, I’ll let you know all the details.
I was very lucky to be picked by World Artisan Gems to do an interview. They have many talented artists there. Their different specialties are in beadwork, wire, glass art and jewelry art. If you would like to read my interview, just follow this link: