We continue the Summer Bloggin' with a post from Aimee Davis of daisyeyes. Aimee shares how to do couched beaded thread. Such a wonderful technique. Check out Aimee's blog and her shop where she shares her handstitched goods.
Thank you, Aimee!
I first saw beaded thread on etsy in an amazing shop called Nell’s Embroidery. Nell Burns fills her shop with amazing threads and yarns and her beaded threads are some of my favorite things to work with. But before I decided to use up some of my stash, I thought I would try to bead some thread of my own.
Honestly, it made me appreciate the talent Nell has and will keep me as a repeat customer. But whether you have beaded your own threads or bought some yourself - here’s what to do with it!
download the pattern here. It comes with three different versions.
I transferred my pattern onto black linen using carbon transfer paper (Sublime Stitching’s transfer paper is the bomb) and then stitched up my text. For the outlined “BE”, I first stitched the outline with a backstitch and then filled in the letters with a satin stitch. For the “peace” I used a simple backstitch. Once your text is stitched it’s time to start couching.
Obviously beaded thread you can’t pass through fabric, so instead we are going to use small stitches called couching to attach it to our fabric. Couching threads (or wire or yarn or grass or whatever strikes your fancy) is one of the coolest embroidery stitches out there and honestly probably one of the easiest. The thing is it looks so fancy and it’s all in what you are couching. I like to use a floss that matches the beaded thread, but sometimes using a floss that is totally a different color adds a pretty incredible effect. It’s totally up to you!
You have basically made a little loop for your beaded thread. Pull the loop pretty tight and move up the thread about an inch or so and repeat.
You made it!
Have you tried couching or beaded couching? Please share in the &Stitches Flickr group. We'd love to see it!