This has been a most enjoyable chapter to work on. I had never much fancied beadwork and so had never tried it and it was a very pleasant surprise to discover how pleasing it was to sit peacefully stitching away and enjoying the effects.
(Note: I’m sometimes confused by other blogs, but here the caption is below each picture.)
3.8.1 The completed bead sampler
I’ve taken close-up pictures of the various areas, which I’ll post in the order of the suggestions in the instructions.
3.8.2 a compact area of one type of bead sewn on randomly
3.8.3 a compact areas using more than one type of bead
3.8.4 as above but lightly sprinkled
3.8.5 forming beads into lines
3.8.6 forming lines with more than one type of bead (I used sequins with a small bead in the centre alternated with the little plastic things you buy from hardware stores for securing wiring to a skirting board.)
3.8.7 forming a pattern with one type of bead
3.8.8a forming a pattern with more than one type of bead
3.8.8b forming a pattern with more than one type of bead
3.8.9 threading multiples onto one long stitch
3.8.10a trapping beads beneath fabric
3.8.10b trapping beads beneath fabric
3.8.11a beads trapped by stitches (washers secured by buttonhole stitch with small beads added around the edge
3.8.11b traditional shisha – an Indian technique of securing mirrored glass using a special shisha stitch. Real shisha glass is hard to find now. It is made from hand blown glass, silvered and then cut into pieces by hand. (These are the last 3 pieces that I have left after buying some at an Indian embroidery class I went to several decades ago. I was really surprised at being able to find them after so long! Maybe I’m not so untidy as I thought!!)
3.8.12 a line of beads with a decorative stitch on top (This is out of sequence. It should be earlier, but Windows Live Writer is behaving itself today and I don’t want to risk spoiling it by changing things!!
3.8.13a beads as edging – bottom edge
3.8.13b beads as edging – left hand edge
3.8.13c beads as edging – right hand edge
3.8.13d beads as edging – top edge