Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bead Tutorial: Looped Stacks

It's bead overload month - and I hope to bring you several tutorials that will augment the techniques shown in my DVD Bead It Like You Mean It. Just for fun. And because I love YOU.
I love hand work. Not because I have endless amounts of patience and love peaceful hours of meditative stitchery. Sounds blissful but it's no part of the reality of mothering five children.

I love to bead because it fits into the five minutes I'm sitting in the carpool line. A stitch stays put when you need to jump up and change a diaper. A tin of beads and a bit of cloth can travel with you during endless hours at music lessons and soccer practice.

Did you see those lovely little loopy yellow beads in the first picture? They are just toooo much fun to play with and I though I'd share how to create them with you.
I've started with a fun fabric flower, cut, fused, and stitched to a piece of craft-fuse.

I decided to outline the petals in a contrasting color of beads. Itty bitty size 15 rocailles in this case. I'm using a size 11 applique needle and nymo beading thread. I find that beading needles aren't quite strong enough to sew through more than one layer of fabric without bending in half.

Knot your thread well and bring your needle up right where you want your loopy stack to sit. Give your thread a tug to make sure it's not going to pop through the fabric.

Slide one bead down the thread. I'm using a green size 6 seed bead.

Load your needle with size 11 seeds, I've used ten of them. Take your needle back down through the hole of the base bead to the back of the fabric then pull it tight. Repeat the process to create as many looped stacks as you wish, knotting your thread tightly into the back every few stacks.

You can have lots of fun varying the length of the loops, the sizes of the beads, or even making each looped stack into a beaded fringe. (Tutorial here)

More beading techniques can be found on my DVD workshop 
Bead It Like You Mean It. Leave me comment and let me know what you think.


Gale Wrigley said...

I love the framed flowers! Seriously ... I NEED to break out all those beads that are patiently waiting for their turn at the top of "the list". Thanks for sharing even more!

Penney said...

Absolutely beautiful flowers! Thank you for the tutorial..... I'm definitely going to give this technique a try.

Lisa Chin said...

What happy flowers. The framed beads would make a room very happy as well.

Jeannie said...

I love your stacked beads. Thanks so much for the tutorial. It is supposed to be a cold & snowy winter here this year and like a squirrel, I am gathering projects to keep me busy. (Well, besides shoveling snow.) You dvd is on the list of items to order.

Wildflowerhouse said...

Hi Lyric, Now I have to try these looped stacks. I just finished up my post for the 21st. Plus I added my little practice quilt trying out some of your techniques. Even that rider at 40 miles an hour was watching. LOL I so enjoyed your DVD.
I must thank you for the chance to review it. Now I am off to try this loopy stack. The one in my quilt is, shall we call it "floppy stack". Well the wind was blowing...

Loralei said...

This is just fantabulous - thanks for the tut!! I used to make beaded jewelry, and have oodles of beads waiting to be used... now I know what I want to try!!

mel m. m. mccarthy said...

Beautiful tutorial. Your book looks lovely! I bead on paper, but you make fabric look so tempting!

Anonymous said...

I've been such a fan for years, from Randy's shop 'til last year's Palmetto Quilt Guild. I love your work and have taken great inspiration for your articles in QA. I had to notice that you've changed your name. I assume that means "Congratulations" are in order. Don't know about 5 children. You have to be one efficient lady. Please keep finding time to create fabulous works.---Carolyn J Ingram