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Bead embroidery wasn’t always a favorite beading technique of mine, but once I learned a few tricks of the trade, I found that bead embroidery is a wonderful medium for creative self-expression. It’s like painting with beads, and the only limitations on your beaded creations made using bead embroidery are the musings of your own imagination.
Bead artists have really taken to bead embroidery, pushing it to the limits and even incorporating some mixed media jewelry-making techniques and supplies. With things like handmade cabochons, hand-dyed Shibori ribbon, and colored bead embroidery mediums, bead embroidery is changing the way we look at fine beadwork.
If you have been interested in trying your hand at this particular beading technique, get ready to feel inspired! The experts at Interweave gathered 5 free bead embroidery patterns with step-by-step instruction sure to inspire you on your beadwork journey. Download this free guide and begin creating bead applique pieces sure to get noticed. We are excited to present five beautiful bead embroidery projects, all free! Unlike other types of off-loom beadweaving, this involves the stitching of seed beads to a fabric or felt-like backing. While the basic stitches are relatively simple, the results can be spectacular. Whether you are a new beader, want new ideas for bead applique or picot trim, or are already an expert, you’re sure to enjoy this collection of free patterns.
Bead Embroidery Pin
Turn a cabochon into an elegant, inspired piece of art. It is really important to audition your stones with your different beads. Begin by laying out possible designs on a table and playing with the composition. Tracing the cabochon onto paper and sketching designs with pencil or draping strands of beads around the cabochon can help you get going. Get this pattern to turn a cabochon into a stunning piece of art.
Beaded Alphabet Letters
This beautiful pattern is a great project for using up all of those little beads you have left over from other projects. These pins were inspired by medieval manuscripts created by monks who drew fantastic flora, fauna, and other beaded patterns around letters in their books. Follow the simple guidelines here to embroider a rich-looking letter brooch, and you’ll soon be on your way to beading a whole alphabet!
"When I give a handmade beaded bracelet or necklace to someone dear, the gift becomes more special if it’s delivered in an embellished pouch." — Marlene Blessing.
Learn to make a beautiful bead-embroidered pouch in this step by step beading pattern. Deliver with a special gift inside, or consider the pouch a gift in and of itself!
Bead Embroidered Bracelet
As soon as Judy Brownell saw Lochrosen crystals, she became obsessed with trying to find more of them. Here she shows off their beauty by stitching them to a piece of teal Ultrasuede, which with a crystal button and loop added becomes a glittering bracelet. Learn to make a stunning bracelet with this pattern.
DIY Embroidery Cuff
Create this blooming cuff with a garden of Lucite components in this wonderful pattern. It’s an easy backstitch-embroidery project that turns into a wonderful three-dimensional work of art. Since only a small amount of each seed-bead color is needed for this pattern, this a great project for using up leftover beads. Consider bead-embroidering only a minimal amount of beads directly on colored Ultrasuede if you desire a solid color to really make your beads standout.
Guide to Bead Embroidery Supplies: How to Use Brass Blanks
Using a brass bead embroidery blank makes your finished jewelry look better and makes them more durable, meaning they will hold up to wear and tear better. Sure, you can use something such as a stiff cardboard or poster board for the middle layer of your “sandwich,” but it won’t last as long with heavy wear.
How to Bezel a Cabochon with Peyote Stitch for Bead Embroidery
Ready to try a peyote stitch bezel for your bead embroidered cabochons? Here’s a tutorial with helpful tips and hints.
We’ve updated our free bead embroidery eBook and included four of our favorite bead embroidery technique blogs! What’s new?
- 5 Secrets for Great Bead Embroidery: Learn tips for basic bead embroidery techniques that will make your finished pieces of beadwork not only look professional, but also will make them durable enough to become family heirlooms.
- How to Use Brass Bead Embroidery Blanks: You can make spectacular bead embroidered jewelry by using these pre-made brass bead embroidery blanks. Give your bead embroidery a more substantial feel and form with these affordable and easy-to-use beading supplies!
- How to Bezel a Cabochon Using Peyote Stitch and Bead Embroidery: Bead embroidered cabochons are my favorite way to begin any piece of bead embroidery, and by using peyote stitch and some simple backstitching techniques, you can create lovely, secure bezels that accent the cabochons while making sure they stay put.
- Bead Embroidery With Shibori Ribbon: Ever since I saw bead embroidery artist Sherry Serafini’s first piece using gorgeous hand-dyed Shibori ribbon, I wanted to learn how to use this material in my bead embroidery pieces. After a couple of false starts (and some colorful language), I fell head over heels for this mixed media bead embroidery technique!
Brush up on basic bead applique techniques or apply new skills to create a stylish picot trim to your favorite wardrobe piece! While this can be used to make spectacular beaded jewelry, it can also be used to add a decorative touch to all sorts of things like purses and handbags, clothing and even shoes! Embroidery with beads is instantly recognizable in Native American beadwork, and some of the most breathtaking fashions seen on the runway in the 20th century have also been decorated with this technique.
Whether you like your beading patterns to be fun and fast or more complex and textured, these bead embroidery patterns are the perfect way to blend seed beads and other jewelry making components into gorgeous and unique beaded jewelry and accessories.