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Textured Bead Blog

Take your beading to the next level with bead artist Linda Landy posts regularly about the techniques you need to create bead-embroidered works that are sculptural, three-dimensional, and very textured. Keep up with trends and new products in bead embroidery and bead weaving. 

 

Random thoughts from someone who beaded too late last night

Linda Landy

  • If there is anything within 100 miles of your work surface, you will repeatedly catch your thread on it.
  • If it doesn’t work, abandon it or set it aside for a little while. More often than not, when you come back you’ll have a whole new perspective.
  • Regardless of the foundation or backing that you choose, make absolutely certain that it will not fray. I selected a woven fabric for the back of a collar that was just perfect. I didn’t want it to fray so I bonded it to a backing. It still frayed and made the finish work extremely difficult and less than perfect.
  • Always check to determine if your bead is colorfast.  Avoid finishes that will wear off as you work or when you wear your finished jewelry. I designed entire collar around fabulous 35mm matte gold bugle beads I bought in Canada when I first started beading. Halfway through the collar, the gold started wearing off, leaving a hideous yellow underneath. At first I tried to cover the chips with accent beads, but it became quickly apparent that I would ultimately end up with an ugly yellow bead. I had to cut it up and start over. The silver lining is that the exercise inspired my "extreme" technique for embellishment.
This picture shows the first sign of peeling.

This picture shows the first sign of peeling.

Here I have already embellished over the original yellow exposure and new spots have already appeared.

Here I have already embellished over the original yellow exposure and new spots have already appeared.

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