How to do beading on fabric
Fabric beading uses simple stitches that form the foundation of bead embroidery, and the sparkly beads add brilliance and dimension to the fabric. Check out the post on the 60 different types of beads and the 9 different ways to do bead embroidery.
Some simple tips for successful bead work on fabric
Cotton thread is prone to breakage, especially when in contact with the sharp edges of some beads, so use nylon or silk beading thread instead. Apply beeswax to the thread to make it stronger and less prone to breakage, as well as to prevent knots.
1 Beaded Back Stitch
The most basic and widely used method of stitching beads on to fabric is the beaded back stitch, which can be done with any number of beads, but the most commonly used numbers are 3 and 6. The needle comes up at 3 which is one bead back from 2.
2 Couching Stitch
Check out this tutorial to learn how to do Couching0embroidery0in four different ways, including this simple beaded stitch, by simply placing straight stitches across stranded beads at regular intervals.
3 Beaded Chain Stitch
String 10 beads on the needle and thread (any even number will do). Bring the needle down to 2, which is close to 1, to make a bead loop. Make a straight stitch across the bead loop to the inside of the loop.
5 Beaded Cross Stitch
You must first work tent stitch, then go back and do diagonal stitches on each bead; this stitch has the advantage of allowing you to place beads upright because the diagonal stitches anchor the beads.
8 Beaded Fly Stitch
A U is formed with beads, and the loop is then secured with a straight stitch at the base (3 u2013 4).
12 Beaded laced running stitch
A running stitch is an interlaced stitch with beads in between the lacing; each stitch contains a bead, which is attached to a needle with a different type of thread.
What size beading needle do I need for seed beads?
Size 11 seed beads are best used with English beading needles in sizes 10 and 12, but you can also use a size 10 sharps or short beading needle if you need to get through a tight spot.
What kind of string do you use for seed beads?
Use only size “D” and lightweight beads with smooth holes for stringing. Nymou00ae nylon beading thread is the most popular choice for working with seed beads because it’s lightweight and comes in a variety of thicknesses and colors. Be sure to coat it with beeswax or Thread Magicu00ae to keep it from fraying.
What is a hank of seed beads?
A hank is a unit bundle of seed beads or bugle beads with twelve 20″ (51 cm) strands. Different sizes and types of beads may be sold in hanks with different numbers and lengths of strands.
Can you use sewing thread for beading?
8. Sewing Thread. Sewing thread is available in a wide range of materials, strengths, and colors, and can be used for stringing small beads, bead embroidery, and loom and off-loom bead weaving.
How do you put beads on a dress?
- Thread your bead. Insert your needle towards the direction where your next bead placement is to be set.
- Loop each bead twice. Knot your thread on the inside of your fabric.