How to bead & sequin on embroidery design

Written by sarah silverman
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How to bead & sequin on embroidery design
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Using beads and sequins to enhance already embroidered fabric is a tradition that dates back thousands of years to the Middle East and Far East. Today the practice is used for making the traditional garments found in many cultures, for making clothing worn by dancers, and for fabric used to cover furniture. It makes for a very elegant look, and if you enjoy sewing and other crafts you will find this to be a very nice project.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread
  • Beeswax
  • Sequins
  • Beads

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  1. 1

    Make a pattern so you will know how many sequins and beads you will need for the stitching.

  2. 2

    Cut the thread you are going to use. Do not make the piece longer than 24 inches. Run the thread over the beeswax to keep it from tangling. Knot it at the end.

  3. 3

    Begin at one side of the fabric. Stick the needle through the fabric on the wrong side. Pull the thread all the way through. Place as many sequins (with the wrong side facing the fabric) as your pattern determines onto the needle and then down onto the thread.

  4. 4

    Slide the bead onto the needle and then add another set of the sequins as you did in Step 3. Push the needle through the fabric and pull it through to the wrong side.

  5. 5

    Begin the next set of sequins as you did the first and follow that with beads and sequins. Continue doing this until you have completed the entire pattern you have designed.

  6. 6

    Finish the sewing by ending on the wrong side of the fabric. Tie a knot or double-stitch several times to keep the thread from unravelling.

Tips and warnings

  • Work slowly and precisely to make sure that you do not miss any of the sequins and that they are all sewn on securely.
  • Make sure you use beads and sequins that can be supported by the fabric you are decorating.

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