Saturday, 25 April 2015

Bright White Bead Embroidery

During my foray into crazy quilting I came across some lovely embroidery stitches so I thought I'd do a quick piece of beading combined with embroidery. I kept it all one colour so that the beads and stitching would be the 'main event' and since I always like white I went with that. I found it really difficult to keep the piece clean no matter how many times I washed my hands and the velvet ribbon in particular is looking a bit grubby. I haven't dared try to wash it yet.


Here's a close up - there's a bit of shadow I'm afraid.


And here's a close up of one of the embroidery stitches which inspired me in the first place. It's called cloud filling stitch and you can find instructions for it on the DMC stitch guide page here (you need to scroll down quite a long way.)


My least favourite part about beading is binding the piece at the end so I've been cheating and sewing the edge before I start the beading. I do a really lazy edging which just involves turning it under and sewing over it. It only takes a few minutes and it stops the material fraying as you work but of course the piece goes out of shape as you sew and your left with warped edges. I'm planning on doing a small 'trial' piece next so I might make the effort to bind it properly (which probably means it'll never get bound at all!) 

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