I've always wanted to embroider with thread. Then, I got a Martha Stewart kit and realized that I really don't have the patience. However, I love the look of beaded scarves and shawls. I have some beautiful pieces that I really treasure. After stamping, sewing, and dyeing a bunch of fabric to turn into scarves, I thought I would give it a try.
Here is an assortment of seed beads, thread, and some straight beading needles.
I bought a lot of my seed beads in bulk for $40 from an old co-worker in 1999. He has been really into it and had tons of them. Some are plastic, some glass. Various sizes and colors.The fabric is below. I stamped (using bunta mango stamps http://learningcurve2012.blogspot.com/2013/02/bunta-block-printing.html
) a design that I wanted to follow. See the three blue beads. Ugh, it was SLOW GOING.
I have a LONG way to go on this one. Okay, it might take years to finish. Look for an update in 2023
Bead embroidery tips: Be prepared to lose a lot of beads in the process. Some fly, break, tumble away. I do pick some up later so I don't have to panic after I string one and drop ten. I also use beeswax to strengthen my thread.