My 5 Favorite Beading Supplies for Bead Embroidery

Everyone who does bead embroidery has their own list of can't-live-without beading supplies! After years of playing and experimenting with different bead embroidery stitches and techniques, I've found that I have my own favorite beading supplies for bead embroidery. Check out my list and see if any of these are in your top 5 list of beading supplies for bead embroidery!

1. Nicole's Beadbacking. In my experience, there's nothing quite like Nicole's Beadbacking out there. I love that it's pre-colored so I don't have to muck around with markers and dyes, and I love how well it holds up when I'm working on a larger project. I've tried stiffened felt from the craft store and other types of bead embroidery mediums out there, but I've never had anything but a positive experience with this particular product. If you look through my stash of beading supplies, you'll always find a rather large stash of Nicole's Beadbacking!

2. Cabochons. Gemstones, ceramic, glass, handmade, vintage, Lucite — whatever they're made out from, I need them. Whenever I go to a bead show or local bead shop, the first thing I look for is a couple of new cabochons to add to my enormous stash. And if you're familiar with the work of ceramic artists like Lisa Peters or Laura Mears, you'll understand why I glue myself to Etsy whenever either one of these artists does a shop update.

3. Nymo (on a cone). I've tried lots of beading threads for my bead embroidery, but I always come back to my favorite Nymo nylon beading thread on a cone. Why on a cone instead of a bobbin? For starters, the Nymo on a cone is a thicker consistency than Nymo on a bobbin, so it creates more structure in my bead embroidery.  Nymo also creates a beautiful, soft drape when I'm adding fringe to my bead embroidery that I just can't get with other beading threads.

4. Brass stampings. I don't know if these technically count as cabochons, but I've been having a great time incorporating brass stampings into some of my bead embroidery projects. Following inspiration from artists like Diane Hyde and Heidi Kummli, I've started to accumulate a new collection of brass stampings that I can use for bead embroidery. Since I also have a nice selection of Vintaj Patina inks for coloring brass and metal components, I can play with adding color to these fun jewelry findings!

5. Embroidery scissors. It all started when I was a kid, and my mother insisted on getting a pair of stork embroidery scissors for her knitting and crochet projects. I quickly learned the importance of having a good pair of sharp scissors at your disposal when working on bead embroidery, and now, I have to have a good pair of large-handled embroidery scissors on hand all the time. My Fiskars embroidery scissors have gotten me into and out of a lot of tight corners, both when snipping threads close to my beadwork and when trying to cut a particularly tricky shape out of my bead embroidery medium. What can I say? A good pair of embroidery scissors is worth its weight in gold!

Do you love bead embroidery? Imagine how much fun it would be to take your bead embroidery skills and use them to learn how to create letters and words in your bead embroidery projects! Create bead embroidered bracelets and necklaces that speak for themselves — literally! — when you sign up for Nancy Eha's next online course, Beaded Text Embroidery: The Art of Writing With Seed Beads. You'll have access to 4 weekly lessons covering topics like the best beads and beading supplies for creating beaded text, how to figure out what font to use, using bead embroidery stitches to create beaded text, and how to design a beautiful and successful bead embroidered text project!

Once you've registered for this interactive online education course, head on over to the Beading Daily Shop and purchase your supply kit for The Art of Writing With Seed Beads to make sure you have the right materials and beading supplies to get the most out of Nancy's detailed instructions.

Ready to dive in and learn more about bead embroidery? Register for Nancy Eha's The Art of Writing With Seed Beads today! Course starts on April 14, 2015, so make sure you reserve your seat!

What beading supplies would you include in your Top 5 list for bead embroidery? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share them with us!

Bead Happy,


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