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« on: December 24, 2016 06:16:43 PM »

ETA more pics of different techniques & more beads added to pages 2, 3, & 4.

I've seen some beautifully embroidered and embellished fabric beads online but no free tutorials so I thought I'd try to figure it out and share with y'all. After I'd made a few I wanted to see maybe what could be done with them so put together this little totem. I have a few other ideas but love this small being a lot.


Cut a small piece of fabric (square or rectangle, maybe even a long triangle like a paper bead!) and stitch/embellish/decorate however you feel like it.


I've read some makers use batting but thought a bit of felt would be easy and effective padding/stabilizing.


Wrap around a chopstick, pen, dowel, whatever and start stitching around the top edge.


I did this a few ways so however feels right to you is probably fine. Once I had some stabilizing stitches around the top I pulled the tube off the stick so it would be easier to stitch into.


You could leave your end with spaced out stitches or fill them in like I did. Then stitch around the other end of the tube and also close the side seam, you can make the side closure obvious or invisible.


See how great the felt is for the inside of the bead? I think this is so groovy. Really, as these came together I totally fell for them. I hope you'll try making some and post them here.


Here I'm trying it again but making the stitches close together the first time around instead of spaced out then going round again to fill them in.


I pushed the tube up so just the end was past the pen/chop stick/dowel. This helped the bead keep it's shape while I was stitching which was helpful.


I stitched down the side first this time.


I'm trying to make the stitches while the bead is on the pen here, it was awkward.


Easier to take it off.


I made a few.


Just one more...


One. More. Scraptastic little treasure...


Ack, stayed up way too late but, I hope you'll agree, it was worth it. Super fun, please give it a go Smiley.
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« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2016 06:22:22 AM »

I had no idea how these would come together and think the technique is really neat! This isn't something I ever even thought I would make, but now I have pinned this tutorial!
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« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2016 08:12:34 AM »

Fantastic!  Beautiful!
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« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2016 09:25:57 AM »

Those are great! And I love your little dude(ette?). I would have to give some thought to what these beads would become before making them, though - I have so very many UFO's from getting excited about a technique and trying it, and then just having the items laying around with no intended end point! Love these, though . . . May just have to try them anyway!!!!
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« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2016 12:15:23 PM »

Woohoo, so happy everything makes sense & looks good to y'all. I sure hope people will try it out. I too have been thinking about what could be done with them & have a few ideas:
-to embellish dotees, ornaments, book marks, gift tags, tassels, mug rugs, zipper pulls, prayer flags & the like.
-as light switch pulls
-on the spine of a stitched book/book cover
-fancy pen end or grip pad to match a fabric journal cover
-as a row of fringe on fabric wall hanging, bottom of a lamp shade
-curio cabinet (I have one of those with a spot available for sure!)
-arms/legs/neck of art doll type creation
-drink markers (hey, why not?!)

I've got all sorts of plant sticks with weird stuff on them, crystals & other window hanging things, these could go on the strings...

I'm just going to make them whenever I feel the inclination & keep them in a jar on display until they speak to me & tell me what to do with them. I find them very relaxing & satisfying to stitch Smiley.
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« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2016 05:49:38 PM »

Sometimes having similar things you like to look at (i.e.-shells, beads, etc...) in a jar is strangely as satisfying as using them for something.
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« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2016 06:01:01 PM »

I just thought of a huge project to make with these, if one were so inclined - a beaded curtain in a doorway!   Shocked
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« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2016 02:14:45 PM »

These are fantastic! Pinning!
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« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2016 03:26:01 PM »

Hmm... I've always wanted a beaded curtain...
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« Reply #9 on: December 26, 2016 05:42:34 PM »

I think they would make cute Christmas ornaments
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