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« on: January 09, 2012 08:59:30 PM »

Hi Crafty Peeps,

I am trying to up my beading skills and really want to start beading around cabochons. I have a few tutorial links but have found myself in a quandary. The two tutorials call for either Stacy's Stiff Fabric or some other product with a similar name. Well, I went to my local craft megastore and they don't stock it.

Can you suggest an alternative fabric for cabochon backing?  I'd really like to buy it at a local craft store (we only have the big major retailers here - JoAnns, Michael's and Hobby Lobby) and not on the internet. I tried regular suede and felt and they both sucked. lol

Don't know what I'm looking to do? Here is a site with a lot of BEAUTIFUL (far beyond my skill level) bead embroidered pieces.  -- http://www.serafinibeadedjewelry.com/neck.php ... okay maybe I just included that link because the pieces are so delightful..

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2012 04:43:05 PM »

I have a temporary solution! A great friend of mine, who is not a crafter, was in the store and remembered my whining about something to stabilize my small bead embroidery and bought me a package (1yrd) of Stitch-nSew, cut away Sew In Stabilizer (meduim weight) and thus far IT IS PERFECT. I stitched small sample piece and will be making the bigger piece in the next few weeks.
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« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2012 03:18:42 PM »

I've had the same problem, since we're kind of primitive when it comes to craft materials here and I didn't want to order a big amount of some unidentified stuff online before I've even tried my hand at bead embroidery once. So I went to a local fabric store to look at what they have, and I recommend faux leather, the thin kind. I'm only on my third project but I find it very easy to work with, it's easily cut, sturdy and doesn't fray.
And btw, that site was my main inspiration in starting to bead, too!
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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2012 10:28:05 PM »

Thanks! I'll definitely put the faux leather on my list of fabrics to try! I like the look of the pieces made with more expensive pieces but would really like to work on my skills before I sink the few crafting dollars I have into materials.
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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2012 07:40:13 AM »

Most of the time bead embroiderers use LSS (Lacey's Stiff Stuff) to do the actual embroidery on and Ultrasuede as a backing. Ultrasuede is a sort of compressed faux suede rather than a woven one. 

I've used a bunch of things, but the best substitute for LSS in my area is cheap acrylic felt. It is compressed and easy to stitch through, much like LSS, but has more wayward fibres. For the backing fabric, you can use pretty much anything providing you seal the edges with some sort of anti-fray liquid. Microsuede (a woven faux suede) is a good choice, but so is light denim, cotton drill, and I've even seen people use fake leadlight paint to cover/secure the stitches. I'd avoid real leather unless you have a thimble and a lot of patience. Deerhide might be OK, but I tried pigskin lining (the inner split, looks suede-like and is pretty thin) and it was quite difficult!

Hope you have success! :-)
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