Bead Embroidery Stitches Add Sparkle to the Ordinary

I'd love to tell you that I am already working on my handmade holiday gifts, but honestly, it's not happening. I do like to give gifts with handmade elements like quilting and embroidery, but this year, I'll have to streamline those efforts if I'm going to get it all done.

one point embroidery stitches with beads
One-point motifs in various sizes and
bead treatments.

One of the ways to do that is by adding a handmade touch to store-bought items like clothing, accessories, and home décor. With my love for hand embroidery and a new book on bead embroidery patterns, I'm feeling more optimistic.

Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples by CRK Design and Yasuko Endo is really three books in one. It offers a primer in hand embroidery stitches, shows you how to add beads to those embroidery designs, and includes how-tos for using those patterns to embellish t-shirts, baby shoes, ribbon, napkins, and more.

Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples is laid out in a pretty and easy-to-follow design. Each of the embroidery stitches (such as lazy daisy, blanket stitch, fly stitch) is presented with a full page of colorful examples so you can see how that stitch will look with different beading treatments. There are instructions for creating the stitch with pictures, plus a small project.

In the back, the embroidery stitches are illustrated step by step, with tips.

bead embroidery stitches on ribbon
Bead embroidery adds charm
to ribbons.

The One-Point Motifs shown here are so pretty. I can see using them on some holiday ornaments I am planning.

Beads contribute such sparkle to small projects, and adding this particular stitch to my repertoire will certainly spice up the often repetitive stitches. This flower could be a bird's eye, or the star at the top of a tree.

Some of the edging stitches presented in Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples could be added to napkins or even the collar of a crisp white shirt. I also like the idea of adding bead embroidery stitches to ribbon and wrapping that around a jar of homemade jam.

one point beaded embroidery motif
How to make a one-point beaded embroidery motif.

A little sparkle is just what's needed this time of year, don't you think?

Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples would make a wonderful addition to any embroidery lover's library.

P.S. Have you tried bead embroidery? What are your favorite stitches or techniques? Please share!

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