Sashiko Bead Embroidery Dragonfly Course with Nancy Eha

Learn how to make a beautiful Japanese scroll with beaded dragonfly and sashiko in this course with Nancy Eha!

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SKU: R6823

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Instructor Nancy Eha is here to show you how to create the traditional sashiko - but with beads! In this course, you’ll learn six beading stitches, including long stitch, satin stitch, stop stitch, raised satin stitch, back stitch, and sashiko. Explore how to make a fabric scroll, a cloth armature dragonfly body to bead over, and machine free-motion dragonfly wings. Discover why color and value (light to dark) are important in both fabric and bead selection. As an added bonus, you will receive 6 downloadable PDFs to practice your new skills! This course content is available to you anytime, anywhere so you can access all your lessons at your own pace!

Lesson Breakdown
Lesson 1: Preparing Your Scroll

  • Choosing the Fabric
  • Cutting and Sewing the Scroll
  • Quilt Basting Top to Batting

Lesson 2: Constructing the Dragonfly

  • Preparing Hoop to Switch Wings
  • Printing Wing Pattern
  • Tracing the Pattern
  • Pattern in Position to be Traced
  • Free-Motion Stitching Overview
  • Sewing Machine Preparation
  • Checking the Machine Thread Tension
  • Stitching the Outline of the Wings
  • Stitching the Veins of the Wings
  • Cutting Out Finished Wings
  • Removing the Stabilizer
  • Making the Armature for the Dragonfly Body
  • Making the Padded Armature for the Dragonfly Body

Lesson 3: Beading Stitches

  • Bead Identification
  • Threading the Silamide Beading Thread
  • Controlling the Position of Beads on Fabric
  • Beads Laying Flat on Fabric
  • Removing Beads Without Rethreading the Needle
  • Preparing to Bead the Dragonfly Body
  • Attaching the Armature to the Fabric
  • Beading the Dragonfly
  • Beaded Stop Stitch
  • Stop Stitch
  • Beaded Stop Stitch
  • Making the Stop Stitch Eyes
  • Dragonfly Head

Lesson 4: Beading the Dragonfly

  • Attaching Wings
  • Adapting the Padded Satin Stitch for the Wings
  • Covering the Armature with Beads
  • Beaded Back Stitch
  • Tail
  • Wings

Lesson 5: Beaded Sashiko

  • Sashiko History
  • Adapted Rules for Beaded Sashiko
  • Beading Sashiko Patterns
  • Completing the Scroll
  • Stitching and Squaring Up
  • Adding the Backing and Label
  • Sleeve for Hanging
  • Hanging the Scroll

Course Includes
Discussion board & Gallery: The discussion board is a great way to interact with other users in the course. It’s an open forum for you to ask questions, share your thoughts, express your inspirations, and share images of your work.

Notes: This is a place for you to keep personal notes to help you with your work and the course content. Only you will be able to see your notes.

Optional Quizzes: Short optional quizzes to test your knowledge as you progress through the lessons.

Video Lesson Run Time ≈ 23 minutes *This course is mainly text and image-based, with short, instructional videos to demonstrate techniques.

About the Instructor
Nancy Eha, also known as The Beading Queen to her students, has taught thousands worldwide. She enjoys sharing her knowledge, passion and pleasure for the subject of beading on fabric with others. Her articles and beading have been featured in scores of magazines and books, including several Quilting Arts issues. Nancy has written two fabric beading books which include beading basics as well as her innovative beading techniques such as crazy beading and elevated beading. She uses beads as primary focal points on fabric – not to add “mere sparkle.” Some describe her work as “obsessively beaded,” and she agrees. Nancy continues to develop innovative beading techniques as she explores “bead physics” and create magical works of art.

Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU R6823
Product Type Course
Author/Designer Nancy Eha
Technique Bead Embroidery
Difficulty Level Intermediate
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