Monday, September 4, 2017

Mini Project Run and Play Winner Tutorial: Winter Wear Designs

We are wrapping up Mini Project Run and Play with Tutorial Week! All three winners of the mini competitions have put together tutorials for elements in their looks so that you can make them too!
Today we kick it all off with the first winner, Suzanne from Winter Wear Designs:
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Hey all!!!  Thank you so much for voting for my look in week one, now you get a fun little tutorial from me on how to create your own one of a kind beaded masterpiece.




Now lets start with the things you need:



  • Seed Beads - these are tiny and great for a subtle look, but you can use larger beads for a more dramatic look. 
  • Sequins (I used 5mm)
 
 
  • NYMO Nylon beading thread
 
 
  • Extra fine beading needles (buy extra as they have a tendency to get bent)
I bought mixed colors and then separated out what a wanted - it is helpful to put small children to work doing this - I pay mine in snacks ;o)


Now the fun begins.  You can highlight your fabric with beading in any way you want.  I wanted to give the flower on this print dimension, so I tried to bead in a way that mimicked how light would bounce off a flower in the morning dew.

Basic lines:
Thread your needle with 18-24 inches of thread.  You don't want to get too long or your thread can get tangled, but you don't want to go too short or you'll be re-threading every 5 minutes and that is annoying too.
Double your thread over and tie a knot at the end.

 

Thread your needle through your fabric from the back side and pull all the way to the knot.  I like to do a small cross stitch here to lock the starting point so that it is anchored and doesn't put pressure on just the knot.
 
 

Thread up to three beads onto your needle.  (No more than three or you risk your thread breaking and your beading falling off.)
 

Lay your beads against your fabric so that you can see how much space they take up.  Sew back through your fabric, lining the tip of your needle up with the edge of your last bead.
From the back side, sew back up through your fabric right behind your last bead.  Thread your needle through the bead and repeat steps 4 &5.
If you want to skip an area, make a stitch on the back side of the fabric and come back up where you want to start beading again.
 


You can use this method to create straight or curved lines to fill in as little or as much of your fabric as you want.

Sequins and Beads:
Sequins are so fun, they add an extra sparkle, but they also have a defined look and if sewn on by themselves show the thread that you are working with.  This method allows you to use sequins without your thread going across the sequin.
Thread your needle with 18-24 inches of thread.  You don't want to get too long or your thread can get tangled, but you don't want to go too short or you'll be re-threading every 5 minutes and that is annoying too.
Double your thread over and tie a knot at the end.

 

Thread your needle through your fabric from the back side and pull all the way to the knot.
String a single sequin onto your needle, then string a single seed bead after it.
Thread your needle back through the sequin.
Sewn the needle back down through your fabric just slightly off from where you started.
Pull the thread tight.  The seed bead will lock the sequin in place.
Repeat as many times as you wish to create your desired pattern.
 


I hope you have fun using these beading techniques to add dimension to your next sewing project.  Come share them with me over at Winter Wear Designs Fun!!!



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Thank you Suzanne! I always wondered how to do that!

Be sure to link up YOUR creations to our link party here. The winner will be chosen on Friday!

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