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Friday, January 4, 2013
Adding a Stack of Beads
I added stacks to the little "puffs" on this quilt.
Maybe you can find the stacks a little easier in this next picture; I have them circled. (I'm not sure why, but my drawing program made the picture smaller and rotated it. I could not, for the life of me, figure out how to change that.)
To make a bead stack, bring the needle up where you'd like the stack to be. Add the beads comprising the stack making sure the top bead is large enough it can't be pulled through the hole in the bead beneath it. (There is no set number of beads you should use in a stack. It all depends on the size of the beads you are using and what you'd like your stack to look like.) Now, take the needle back down through all but the top bead and back into the fabric. Give the thread a little tug to tighten the tension and make the stack stand up.
Think about the different combination of beads you could use to make a stack. You don't just have to use seed beads; you can use bugle beads too. If you do decide to use bugle beads, remember to add one or more seed beads on either side of each bugle bead.
Now try making your own stacks. I really think you'll like them. Be sure to check back tomorrow when I'll be showing you how I couch threads to a quilt.
Now, for the giveaway...I contacted Lyric Kinard and asked her if she would like to donate a copy of her great beading DVD Bead It Like You Mean It (The Basics).
She said, "I'd be happy to give a copy away. I'll mail it straight to the winner (US only)." I say, "THANK YOU LYRIC!" You will LOVE this DVD. If you'd like a chance to win this DVD, leave a comment on this post. I'd also LOVE for you to become an "official" blog follower (if you're not already). All you have to do is click on "Join this site" under "Followers" on the right-hand side of this page. I'll be choosing a winner on January 26. Good luck and stay tuned for the next giveaway.