Stitching with Beads
Instructor: Charlene Abrams
Dates: Saturday and Sunday, August 29 - 30, 2020
Times: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Brentwood Community Center, 2505 S. Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood, MO 63144
The following will be provided for use during class:
This class is ideally suited to students who have not done any bead stitching where seed beads are stitched one to the other. This does not include beading on a bead loom or bead embroidery: the beads are stitched to each other in different configurations to create, among other things:
• flat medallions for earrings, pendants or fabric embellishments
• three-dimensional objects (or beaded beads) for necklaces, earrings, bracelets, fan pulls, charms and more.
This type of bead stitching requires needle-and-thread skills which are quite unlike other needle-andthread techniques such as hand stitching or bead embroidery. The needles are different, the thread is different and the seed beads are definitely different! A number of different shapes and sizes of seed beads will be introduced (they are not all round with a single hole!) and students will learn a selection of stitches for some of these applications.
The handout will contain instructions for the variety of different stitching techniques that will be covered during the day. At the end of the day, expect to have a small baggie of samples as well as a pair of earrings, and extra beads to continue to stitch at home on some of the techniques if desired.
Students will be introduced to off-loom bead-weaving in which seed beads (very small beads) are stitched to each other in different configurations to create a variety of jewellery items, embellishments for knitted or woven goods or even small household items.
Some of these beads are very small so please ensure that you bring a magnifier, glasses for detail work and/or task light if you know your eyesight requires them - I know mine do!
Students will receive photo-illustrated handouts containing all material covered and if appropriate, anything necessary to complete any projects.
All materials and supplies will be provided. The following will go home with students:
•all beads, components and findings to be used
•flat or rounded chains for bracelets, necklaces or purse straps
Use seed (and other) beads in a variety of shapes and sizes to securely capture a Swarovski crystal rivoli to make this pendant. Measuring around an inch and a quarter in diameter, it can be suspended from a necklace by means of an attached jump ring. As can be seen in the picture below, if the pendant should flip and face backward while being worn, the back is not embarrassingly ugly although without the sparkle of the right side.
This is an advanced beginner to intermediate project, but it may be suitable for the beginning student who feels comfortable and confident after the previous dayÊs class. While much of this project can be described as „non-specific beading stitches‰, it also includes elements of right angle weave and netting stitches but there is little inherently advanced in any of the steps in this project.
The biggest challenge to newer beaders may be maintaining appropriately firm thread tension in order to secure the rivoli (having it fall out of the pendant due to floppy thread tension would be less than ideal), but tips for manipulating the beadwork and thread to achieve desired thread tension will be covered.
Projects like this will be a jumping-off point for the adventurous beader;
to that end we will discuss variations such as joining a few to make a bracelet or necklace, omitting the last round to make earrings, and so on.
Supplies will include all beads, findings and components necessary to complete the pendant, as well as a ribbon-style necklace in order to show it off the SECOND the last of the thread is woven in.
This is what I like to refer to as a popcorn project: you really canÊt just stop at one because theyÊre so much fun! And like popcorn, even foodies (or more experienced beaders) enjoy them too.
Students will use larger fire-polished beads as well as a selection of seed beads to create a bevy of beaded beads to make a necklace or bracelet. These beads have larger holes (almost a quarter of an inch) so they will fit on a medium snake chain, a silk ribbon, rattail cord or a small-diameter kumihimo cord (made with size 10 crochet cotton for example). Or use them as purse or phone charms, or fan pulls - anything where youÊd use a medium to large bead.
This project uses what many beaders consider an advanced technique: tubular right angle weave, but because the beads used for this technique in this project are much larger than seed beads, and because each beaded bead has only a single unit of this technique, these beaded beads are accessible to beaders with no previous seed beading experience. The base or scaffolding of the beaded bead uses tubular right angle weave, and it is then embellished and firmed up by applying an overlay of seed beads.
During class time, depending on the individual, expect to complete anywhere from one to five or more beaded beads.
All beads, needles and thread will be provided, as well as a ribbon-type necklace so that you can wear your creations IMMEDIATELY because instant gratification is, well, so gratifying.
Supplies will allow for up to ten beaded beads.