Bead Embroidery

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For the ultimate in beading versatility, learn bead embroidery. It’s an ancient textile art form turned contemporary with Lacy’s Stiff Stuff, an innovative backing material.
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Tip 1You can use any beading foundation for this technique. Popular beading foundations can be found here.
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Step 1

To start you will need to cut, color and glue down your sew-on stone, see our Cutting and Gluing Lacy's Stiff Stuff to learn how.

Step 2

Cut a piece of thread about 5 feet long. Thread the needle.

Step 3

Tie a double knot near the end of the thread.

Step 4

Lay out your beads. (For this technique we used three colors of size 11 seed beads.) However you can use any kind of beads you like.

Step 5

We will be back stitching the beads onto the Lacy's Stiff Stuff. Start by passing the needle up through the Lacy's Stiff Stuff next to the sew-on stone.

Step 6

String several beads, we strung four beads. Tip: You can string 2-5 beads. A smaller amount of beads is better for following curved lines, where as larger amounts of beads will cover more space and work better for straight lines.

Step 7

Hold the thread taut with your thumb, push the beads back on the thread with the needle, all the while lining up the beads against the stone.

Step 8

Pass down through the Lacy's Stiff Stuff immediately after the last bead.

Step 9

Pass the needle up through the Lacy's Stiff Stuff between the second and third bead, taking care not to pierce the thread.

Step 10

Pull the thread taut.

Step 11

Go through the last two beads.

Step 12

String three beads.

Step 13

Hold the thread taut with your thumb, push the beads back on the thread with the needle, all the while lining up the beads against the stone.

Step 14

Pass down through the Lacy's Stiff Stuff immediately after the last bead.

Step 15

Pull the thread taut.

Step 16

Pass the needle up through the Lacy's Stiff Stuff between the first and second bead, taking care not to pierce the thread.

Step 17

Go through the last two beads. Pull the thread taut.

Step 18

Repeat steps 14-17 until you reach the bottom hole in the sew-on stone.

Step 19

Next, fill in the hole of the sew-on stone. When you have worked your way around the stone to the hole, pass the needle up through the Lacy's Stiff Stuff and the bottom hole of the sew-on stone. Pull the thread taut.

Step 20

String one bead.

Step 21

Pass back down through the hole on the sew-on stone.

Step 22

Continue going around the stone by repeating steps 16-18. Pull the thread taut.

Step 23

Still working in the same color, start the second row by passing the needle up through the Lacy's Stiff Stuff next to the first row of seed beads.

Step 24

Pull the thread taut. Repeat steps 14-17 until you have reached the end of the green outline. You now have two completed rows of back stitched beads.

Step 25

Continue the pattern by repeating steps 14-20 for the second seed bead color.

Step 26

Continue the pattern by repeating steps 14-17 for the third seed bead color.

Step 27

To finish the thread, pass the needle through the Lacy's Stiff Stuff only.

Step 28

Wrap the thread around the needle two or three times.

Step 29

Hold the wrapped section with your thumb and pull the needle through the wrapped section. Keep pulling the needle until the knot is tight at the end of your thread.

Step 30

Cut the thread.

Step 31

Apply a drop of Hypo Tube Cement to the knot and let dry completely to secure the knot.

Step 32

To make a bail pass up through the Lacy's Stiff Stuff and the top hole of the sew-on stone.

Step 33

String several beads, we string 10 beads to make our bail.

Step 34

Pass back up through the Lacy's Stiff Stuff and the top hole of the sew-on stone. Pull the thread taut.

Step 35

Reinforce the bail by going through all of beads two or three more times, and pull the thread taut.

Step 36

To knot off your thread, pass the needle through the Lacy's Stiff Stuff only.

Step 37

Wrap the thread around the needle two or three times.

Step 38

Hold the wrapped section with your thumb and pull the needle through the wrapped section. Keep pulling the needle until the knot is tight at the end of your thread. Cut the thread. Apply a drop of Hypo Tube Cement to the knot and let dry completely to secure the knot.

Step 39

Congratulations! You have now completed your bead embroidery piece.

     

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