Sunday, March 21, 2010

Fabric Beads In Six Easy Steps--Tutorial

HOW TO MAKE EMBELLISHED FABRIC BEADS IN SIX EASY STEPS

Basic Supplies:
Fabric
Glue--I used Liquitex Gloss Gel
Threads
Knitting Needle
Sealer--I used Liquitex Gloss Gel

The fabric beads pictured above were made using a piece of eight-inch square of fabric. I like using my hand painted muslin because its light weight makes a smoother bead versus the bulkier commercial cottons. Silk fabrics are a great alternative.

Prepare your fabric as follows:

1. To make one bead, cut your fabric as shown above. The wider part at the top measures 3/4 inch in width. The narrow part at the bottom measures 1/4 inch in width. These are approximate measurements. There's no need to be exact in anything with this project.

2. Add glue to the right side of the fabric from the top edge down to about an inch as shown by the shaded area in the following photograph.

3. Attach the piece of fabric to the knitting needle, wrong side facing needle as shown in Diagram #1.

4. Add glue to the wrong side of the fabric and firmly wrap around the needle as shown in Diagram #2.

5. If you want to add threads, randomly place a few strings horizontally across the vertical strip of fabric spaced approximately 1/8 inch apart through the remainder of the strip and continue to firmly wrap the fabric around the needle as show in Diagram #3.

No need to fuss about exactness in placement or length of threads. Experiment and see what appeals to you. If you don't like it, unroll the fabric, remove the threads and try again.

When you get to the end of your strip, your bead will look like Diagram 4a if you added threads, or 4b if you didn't add threads.

6. Let your beads dry overnight. Seal bead.


That's it! You're done.

Make a variety of beads and make a necklace or bracelet, add it to your fiber art . . . use your imagination. Enjoy!

I do my best to write clearly written tutorials, and sometimes I flob. If you have questions, please let me know so I can tweak things and make it better.

Tomorrow's the day the winners of my previous two days of giveaways will be announced. Did you add your name to the hat? You still have time.

Enjoy!

6 comments:

Vicki W said...

Nice tutorial - thanks!

quiltcrazygal said...

Very fun and thanks for the great tutorial:)

Lisa M Griffin said...

All I can say is WOW! Really interesting and cool tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Very well explained.Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I searched through @ least a dozen sites, to find 'instructions' that were practical & DO*ABLE ...most sites list 'glue', but do NOT include WHAT KIND to use...that will truly hold up. MUCHO GRATITUDE For YOUR GREAT tutorial here ! ! plumz soapz on FB ~ sending you bunches of good energy !

Fannie said...

Thanks for leaving your comments. Happy Fabric Bead Making! Enjoy. ♥♫♥