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with Myra Wood
Online Class

Bead Embroidery: Beyond the Basics

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Embroider fabulous focal points in jewelry, appliqué and beyond! Join designer and returning Craftsy instructor Myra Wood and explore new techniques to create stunning textures and radiant beaded designs. During class, you'll learn how to build dimension in your encrusted beadwork by surrounding focal elements such as cabochons. Then, you'll see how playing with your pattern, placement and bead size can add even more variety and texture to your work. Wondering how to create superb, beaded accessories? Myra will show you how to stabilize beaded fabric and embellish a brilliant beaded cuff. Plus, you'll discover how to make beaded fringe and embroider beads onto buttons, jewelry and more!


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h22m

Included in this Class

1. Getting Started

1. Getting Started

The sky's the limit with bead embroidery, and Myra Wood will show you where to start! Learn about the materials you'll need as Myra walks you through the items she uses and recommends, from beads and needles to base fabrics, stabilizers and threads. Now start your design!

2. Building Dimension With Simple Stitches

2. Building Dimension With Simple Stitches

Myra kicks off the lesson with tips for choosing and combining bead colors, sizes and finishes. Then learn four simple stitches that you'll use throughout the class: single stitch, stack stitch, backstitch and couching. Finish up with tips on how to avoid gaps between beads when stitching to curved fabric.

3. Creating a Focal Point

3. Creating a Focal Point

Focus on your focal points! Learn how to securely attach big beads or cabochons to your fabric and then dress them up with surrounds. Play with the colors of the beads or surround a surround! And Myra demonstrates the steps in creating a bezel -- a surround with dimension and extra stability.

Recommended with this class

  • Assortment of different types and sizes of seed beads from size 15 (smallest) to size 6 (largest)
  • Focal elements, such as cabochons, semi-precious stones, buttons, etc.
  • Foundation fabrics and stabilizers