Saturday, August 20, 2011

Fun with Beads!

I had a group of eager beaders in my "Beading on Quilts and Wearables" class this morning. What a fun time! After a discussion of beads, sizes, needles and threads, we worked on the scattered stitch, backstitching, couching and various dangles. 
It was a nice change of pace to not have to bring sewing machines to the classroom and we were rewarded with laughs and giggles about whether our "stacked beads" were perky and upright or resembled a deflated version of Pisa's leaning tower. (You had to be there. This is the G-rated version of this conversation.)

My Tag-along Bag is in
"Creative Quilting with Beads."
The basis of this class was from the project I designed for "Creative Quilting with Beads," published by Lark Books. Check or other similar sources to get a copy of this book.

A bead shop in this area is Eager Beader in Cleveland, TN, or an on-line source with extensive offerings is Fire Mountain Gems and Beads. Craft or hobby shops also have a selection of craft beads and beading supplies.

The students are off to a great start with embellishing with beads. Below are some class samples made by students in today's workshop. Thank you to Linda, Sheila, Ginger, Frances, Cynthia, Nancy and Charlotte for an enjoyable morning! Hope you had fun, too.
Here is a detail from a little quilt on which I combined stenciling, beading, hand embroidery and hand quilting. The possibilities for beaded embellishments are endless.
Beading, stencilling, hand embroidery and hand quilting.
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