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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  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.

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

  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!

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


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