In the modern era, peoples are selective about their dressing sense. They are selecting their dress on the basis of color design work etc.. so what should we make different and stylish embroidery works with beads on our dresses???
While mucking about with beads and stitches, I’ve discovered that it’s easy to add beads to just about any embroidery stitch. From simple to complex stitches, there’s always room for a bead!
Take, for example, the very basic running stitch. What could be more natural than using it to anchor regularly spaced beads to a piece of fabric?
There’s no trick to it – bring the need and thread to the front of the fabric, load a bead, take the needle and thread to the back of the fabric. Repeat.
You can bead up the running stitch in different ways, too. For example, laced running stitches, whipped running stitches – they can involve beads, too.
I’ve worked two parallel rows of running stitch, and now I’m going to lace them, by taking a different thread underneath each set of running stitches, alternating the direction of passing under each set of stitches.
Before I pass the needle underneath the second set of stitches, I loaded up a bead.
And then I did the same thing before passing under the next set of stitches.
So, so simple!
And if you want to, you can even work a return journey.
Any type of stitch that involves an anchor stitch – like the fly stitch that’s anchored in the middle, or the detached chain stitch (daisy stitch) that’s anchored at the end of the petal shape – can easily sport a bead. Just load one up on the anchor stitch.
Admittedly, a line of fly stitches with a bead on each anchor stitch might end up looking a bit like a centipede.
But you could easily change the look of that line, simply by changing the spacing on the beads.
Buttonhole stitch is an easily-readable stitch, too. Just load up a bead after coming up to catch the previous stitch, before starting the next stitch. Then situate the bead right next to the previous stitch as you bring the needle and thread to the front to catch it in place.