Seed Bead Patterns and Techniques for Creating Botany

Nancy Eha is back with us, and this time she’s teaching her Seed Bead Botany course.

flower petals, curved beaded stems, and beaded stop stitch

flower petals, curved beaded stems, and beaded stop stitch

In all of Nancy’s courses she shares seed bead patterns, techniques, and design ideas ideal for use on fabric and within bead embroidery. In the Seed Bead Botany course, Nancy covers many techniques for making flowers, leaves, vines, berries, and wisteria (my favorite!).

This four week course is broken down into manageable yet jam-packed lessons. In Lesson One, Nancy lays the foundation for some key tips and techniques you’ll use throughout the course. One of my favorites, likely due to the colors, is her beaded backstitch lesson. In this image you can see the curved flower stem where Nancy applies her beaded backstitch technique and where she applies her tips for keeping threads hidden and the beads lined up in a smooth, continuous, curvy line. - seed bead botany

flower petals, stamen, and curved beaded stems made using beaded backstitch

To help with creating vines and uniform stitches, Nancy shares a Paper Stitch Pattern technique which  goes hand in hand with helping you practice and perfect this type of stitching, so you have professional results. Nancy uses this to help emphasize the feather stitch which is used to create many different motifs.

Nancy Eha's feather stitch sampler; seed bead botany course

Nancy Eha’s feather stitch sampler

To enhance each of the feather stitch options she teaches, Nancy adds bead accents using the “stop stitch.” From the lesson: “A beaded stop stitch has only two beads in it. Variations of the beaded stop stitch will form our flower centers or stamen. The flower centers can have one beaded stop stitch or several in a group representing the flower center.”

flower petals, curved beaded stems, and beaded stop stitch

flower petals, curved beaded stems, and beaded stop stitch

Along the way, Nancy helps with lots of tips and tricks on how to accomplish professional results and you are never alone.

In Lesson Three, Nancy covers different types of leaves and flower petals – pointed and rounded. These, combined with the skills learned up to this point make for a beautiful garden of beads. Lesson Three is also where stitches start to be combined, so make sure you do your homework, and practice from week to week so you can really absorb all you’re learning and apply the skills while you have access to Nancy.

flower petal sampler - seed bead botany

flower petal sampler

Here you can see a beaded flower petal combined with a bugle bead and a variation in bead count – kicking a “simple” flower petal up a notch!

seed bead flower petals with bugle beads - seed bead botany

seed bead flower petals with bugle beads

Up to now, Nancy has been building our confidence, getting us ready for the grapes, berries and wisteria in Lesson Four.

seed beaded wisteria - seed bead botany

seed beaded wisteria

The wisteria are my favorite of all, but the raspberries and the colors Nancy chose to do the beadweaving for these gems really do make me think of summer. They also bring back memories of picking raspberries with my grandmother after a day at the beach, then eating them for dessert. Thanks for that, and all you share with us, Nancy!

seed beaded raspberries - seed bead botany

seed beaded raspberries

Have you taken one of Nancy’s courses and have pictures of your work you can share along with a comment or two? Please leave a message below. You will surely inspire others through your accomplishments and we can use the space like a reunion for those who have graduated!

Happy beading!

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