Friday, October 14, 2011

Bead Embroidery Pendants

Trying out a new material or medium can sometimes be a little intimidating, but excitement usually overshadows those doubts. And if we keep at it, we are often rewarded with a new skill. Last month, I decided it was time to finally stop procrastinating, and I used my New Beads budget to try out some wool felt as a material for bead embroidery. It was money well spent!

Assorted Bead Embroidery Pendants


I shared a little peek at what I’ve been up to with the felt last week, but it was just the first in a parade of new designs. The felt is a fantastic base for embroidery, and a delightfully soft backing as well. It holds up well to lots of stitching, even with Fireline, and the colors are awesome. I chose a set of three shades from Material Evidence - a versatile palette of black, blue and brown.

100% Wool Felt Sheets


I was having so much fun that I just keep stitching, and made a series of pendants without stopping to make necklaces for them. I like to think of it as a little primer for designs to come. I won’t be switching over to embroidery full time, but it’s wonderful to have an extra technique ready when inspiration strikes.

Freeform Bead Embroidery Pendant


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5 comments:

  1. Your post really hit a chord for me, as I have been contemplating bead embroidery, but haven't taken the plunge yet. Now I have an awesome new resource to try with it! :) Those are some beautiful pieces you've made. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  2. I'm with Shirley. Have been thinking a lot about bead embroidery lately. Love these great pieces. Very inspirational!

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  3. It's always fun to have a new technique to add to your creative repertoire. Your new pieces are beautiful! Thanks for the felt resource!

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  4. These are just beautiful! Beading embroidery is on my list of summer proc
    Jets.....great job!

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