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Freaky skull lady

Dearest reader,

as promised, in this blog post I will show you a quite freaky embroidered piece of mine. The skull lady.


I found these black and white cabochons and I thought – after all my sweet pieces in pink, white and purple (I will show you this one in my next blog post) – do something different.

So I put my white and black beads together and embroidered this necklace with earrings. The backside is covered with black Ultrasuede (velour).

The necklace strap itself consists of rocailles in the colors grey-flecked, black and metallic grey as well as cateyes in light and dark grey threaded on jewelry nylon.

In my next blog post I will show you a very special necklace which I have done for a contest.

Thanks for your attention.



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Sherry Serafini’s Sensational Bead Embroidery

Dearest reader,

as I promised, in this blog post I will take a look with you into the book:

Sherry Serafini’s Sensational Bead Embroidery

This book is published in Lark Jewelry & Beading’s celebrated Beadweaving Master Class series, where you can find wonderful guides from embroiderers and other beaders. They show their techniques and the books are really interesting.

Sherry Serafini is one of the world’s top bead embroiderers. Since 1997 she is creating stunning pieces. She teaches and lectures in the USA. The most popular fans of her who wear her pieces are Steven Tyler, Melissa Etheridge and Fergie.

Sherry Serafini has written several books. In this book, Sherry Serafini shows wonderful pieces – cuffs, necklaces, brooches, earrings…. It is a guide to her techniques. She explains stitches, colors and gives instructions for 25 gorgeous projects. She is my favorite beading artist!


In my next blog post I will show you a quite freaky embroidered piece I made.


Thanks for your attention.




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Things can go wrong

Dearest reader,

as I promised, in this blog post I will tell you a little bit of things which can go wrong when you embroider.

1. It always takes a while for me to accomplish the shape of my Embroidery piece. I have something in mind but I am not able to sketch it. So I try to draw it on a piece of paper and then transfer it on Stiff Stuff (the piece you embroider on). At least it works out, but if you are not able to draw and the sides / distances are not equal – well – you have to do it again…

2. Sometimes it happens that beads are way too close and the thread is already through the fleece and the beads stick out. First possibility: you undo everything up to that point. Second possibility: you work and work and work on it and somehow sometime the beads lay flat on and you are happy.

3. Some beads – I do not know why, because they are cheaper, or have a special color… – bleed into the velour. That mostly happens with red beads and up till know I don’t know what I can do about it. It is annoying but it is on the backside of the embroidered piece so it is quite ok as no-one can see it.

4. You are done with your embroidered piece – and you don’t like it! Well no choice but to undo it.

You see, things will go wrong. But that’s the way. I always learn.

In my next blog post I will take a look into Sherry Serafini’s book “Sherry Serafini’s Sensational Bead Embroidery”.  

Thanks for your attention.



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How to embroider

Dearest reader,

as promised, in this blog post I will explain the steps of how I embroider. Enjoy.

1. I have a certain idea of what I like to create. Is it a bracelet, a necklace or other. Then I put all beads together I think I will be use for this piece. Sometimes I already have preferred color shades in my mind, but sometimes I change my mind while putting the beads together on my tray.

2. I am searching for the right beads, cabochons, stones (yes, stones) and what else crosses my way, putting them on my tray. I need thread in the right color, Ultrasuede (which is velour to cover the backside of the embroidery), a long needle and some glue to fix the larger pieces – mainly the center piece of my embroidery.

3. First I fix the center piece with glue, if it is really heavy I also secure it by going through it with my thread twice (if it has holes, of course). Thank I can start to surround it with smaller beads. One row, two rows – which I think will look better.

4. Covering the whole piece of fleece. There are (almost) not limitations to what kind of beads or other material to use. I just follow my inspiration.

5. How to embroidery the beads: Coming up from the backside I take 2 beads and fix them in an appropriate distance by going through the fleece again. I go back and go through both beads again.

6. When you are done you cover the backside of the piece with matching velour (with glue). The edges have to be “sewed” together with beads. So the embroidered piece will not loose any bead!

7. And this is how to embroider.


My first piece. Center piece is a small textile flower, surrounded by beads in white and beige.

In my next blog post I will show you my first bracelet, done with a brass bracelet for stabilization inside.

Thanks for your attention.



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Welcome, dearest reader,

here we are! At least social networks take such a big space in our days, I am going to start my blog.

This blog is about beads, beading, beadaholic, beadcrazy, beaddaily, beadatnight,…. I am addicted to beads in every form, with every structure, in all colours.

I do not make beads – I work with them.

Let me take you with me in my world of beads.