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« on: January 21, 2009 09:41:34 AM »

What's the best method for adding seed beads to embroidery? I want something relatively sturdy, as the project will be going through the wash.

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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2009 09:03:29 PM »

I just use embroidery thread and stitch them on. I never do French Knots and most of the time substitute beads. I usually tell people to machine wash on gentle if they are going to use beads on towels, clothing, things like that.

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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2009 02:51:29 PM »

I use decent quality needle and thread to begin with, so the thread is nice and strong, and the eye of the needle won't saw through it from being too roughly cut.
I always couch the back of my beaded embroidery work (add an extra layer or two of fabric behind the beaded part of your stitching, it possible). This gives the thread something extra to hang on to, and makes it less like the end will pull through and render all your work useless,a s the piece sheds beads.

I've never tried it since most of what I've embroidered have been bellydance bras and belts, but I've also thought about using iron-on interfacing on the top of the back part of my beaded embroidery, as an extra layer of protection - might be worth a try? Smiley

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