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Bead Embroidery

Step 1

To start you will need to cut, color and glue down your sew-on stone, see our Cutting and Gluing Stiff Stuff to learn how.

Step 2

Cut a piece of thread about 5 feet long. Thread the needle.

Step 3

Tie a double knot near the end of the thread.

Step 4

Lay out your beads. (For this technique we used three colors of size 11 seed beads.) However you can use any kind of beads you like.

Step 5

We will be back stitching the beads onto the Lacy's Stiff Stuff. Start by passing the needle up through the Lacy's Stiff Stuff next to the sew-on stone.

Step 6

String several beads, we string four beads. Tip: You can string 2-5 beads. A smaller amount of beads is better for following curved lines, where as larger amounts of beads will cover more space and work better for straight lines.

Step 7

Hold the thread taut with your thumb, push the beads back on the thread with the needle, all the while lining up the beads against the stone.

Step 8

Pass down through the Lacy's Stiff Stuff immediately after the last bead.

Step 9

Pull the thread taut.

Step 10

Pass the needle up through the Lacy's Stiff Stuff between the second and third bead, taking care not to pierce the thread.

Step 11

Pull the thread taut.

Step 12

Go through the last two beads.

Step 13

Pull the thread taut.

Step 14

String three beads.

Step 15

Hold the thread taut with your thumb, push the beads back on the thread with the needle, all the while lining up the beads against the stone.

Step 16

Pass down through the Lacy's Stiff Stuff immediately after the last bead.

Step 17

Pull the thread taut.

Step 18

Pass the needle up through the Lacy's Stiff Stuff between the first and second bead, taking care not to pierce the thread.

Step 19

Pull the thread taut.

Step 20

Go through the last two beads.

Step 21

Pull the thread taut. Repeat steps 14-20 until you reach the bottom hole in the sew-on stone.

Step 22

You may want to fill in the hole of the sew-on stone. When you have worked your way around the stone to the hole, pass the needle up through the Lacy's Stiff Stuff and the bottom hole of the sew-on stone.

Step 23

Pull the thread taut.

Step 24

String one bead.

Step 25

Pass back down through the bottom hole of the sew-on stone and the Lacy's Stiff Stuff.

Step 26

Pull the thread taut.

Step 27

Continue going around the stone by repeating steps 14-20. Pull the thread taut.

Step 28

Still working in the same color, start the second row by passing the needle up through the Lacy's Stiff Stuff next to the first row of seed beads.

Step 29

Pull the thread taut. Repeat steps 14-20 until you have reached the end of the purple outline.

Step 30

Pull the thread taut. You now have two completed rows of back stitched beads.

Step 31

Continue the pattern by repeating steps 14-20 for the second seed bead color.

Step 32

Continue the pattern by repeating steps 14-20 for the third seed bead color.

Step 33

To finish the thread, pass the needle through the Lacy's Stiff Stuff only.

Step 34

Wrap the thread around the needle 2-3 times.

Step 35

Hold the wrapped section with your thumb and pull the needle through the wrapped section. Keep pulling the needle until the knot is tight at the end of your thread.

Step 36

Cut the thread.

Step 37

Apply a drop of glue to the knot and let dry completely to secure the knot.

Step 38

To make a bail pass up through the Lacy's Stiff Stuff and the top hole of the sew-on stone.

Step 39

String several beads, we string 10 beads to make our bail.

Step 40

Pass back up through the Lacy's Stiff Stuff and the top hole of the sew-on stone.

Step 41

Pull the thread taut.

Step 42

Reinforce the bail by going through all of beads 2 or 3 more times.

Step 43

Pull the thread taut.

Step 44

To knot off your thread, pass the needle through the Lacy's Stiff Stuff only.

Step 45

Wrap the thread around the needle 2-3 times.

Step 46

Hold the wrapped section with your thumb and pull the needle through the wrapped section. Keep pulling the needle until the knot is tight at the end of your thread. Apply a drop of glue to the knot and let dry completely to secure the knot.

Step 47

Congratulations! You have now completed your bead embroidery piece.