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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.

 

Beadzing

 

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My master piece!

Dearest reader,

as I promised, in this blog post I will show you my master piece. Some of you may have noticed it in my introduction post – a gorgeous necklace.

Some day I decided to do a very extensive creation. It had to exist of a few separate parts and in the color shades of autumn: brown, red-brown, yellow… I found a very beautiful piece of agate in a shop and decided this must be the center piece. So I started and it took months. See what I created:

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I am very proud of it.

In my next blog post I am going to tell you what can go wrong when you embroider.  

Thanks for your attention.

Beadzing!


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My first flexible bracelet

Dearest reader,

as I promised, in this blog post you will see my first flexible bracelet. Beforehand I used brass bracelets for the stabilization inside. I was not satisfied with this method so I tried it without.

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As you can see, the basis is the same as with brass inside – but the bracelet is flexible. You just have to measure the exact width of your wrist to fit perfectly. Do not forget that the clasp will give some more centimeters!

The clasp: You have a lot of possibilities for the clasp. In this case I decided to hand make a toggle myself, using the same beads I used for the embroidery itself. Once you have done it, the next time it will be a lot easier! 😉

You can also use a finished (bought) clasp, or you can use a button. You see, many many options!

In my next blog post I am going to show you my master piece!

Thanks for your attention.

 Beadzing


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My second embroidery bracelet

Dearest reader,

as promised, in this blog post I will show you my second embroidered bracelet. As I said before, with a brass bracelet for stabilization inside again. 

This bracelet I as real looker – in the color combination pink / rose / white!

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The center piece this time is an elephant which is opal. All other beads are plenty of different ones, different sizes and shades. This bracelet is definitely for someone who has a personality.

I prefer not to use brass bracelets (as I said in my last blog) but to embroider pieces which are flexible. Pieces with brass inside may not be bended! So if you like to try it, bend the brass piece before embroidering!

In my next blog post I will show you how a bracelet looks like WITHOUT brass inside.

Thanks for your attention.

Beadzing


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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.

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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.

Beadzing

 


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Welcome

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.

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