much more coming later, just starting here
>Is the beading line necessary, or can embroidery thread be used just as
The way you attach your beads depends on the pattern. Long stretches
> do you bead a separate piece of fabric, and then attach this to the
This depends on the project. However, whenever possible, I like to have the beading be detachable. Some designs do not allow for this.
One thing you do want to do. Try to do the beading before you cut the fabric. Beading is normally better done in a hoop with the fabric pulled tight.
However, there are exceptions to both of these. Let your project be your guide.
This all depends on what your design is. For example, if you are
Keeping Beads Straight
Something I'm noticing in a lot of folks costumes... your bugle beads aren't lining up right.... Tip... you need to go back though and thread multiple beads together. You can do it while you are sewing them on by always going back one bead and pulling it tight... or you can fix it afterwards by running a thread though a string of beads a one time. You'll have to go out anything it start to change direction. Knot tight, but don't bunch the fabric. Changing curve direction, go back one (even if it's anchoring the other way) and let that one bead start to curve the other way.
Here is the list of books that I have that cover beading:
1) Embellish Chick - Detailing Ready-to-wear by Connie Long (34 pages with color photos on many different beading techniques and applications)
2) Fine Embellishment Techniques - Classic Details for Today's Clothing by Jane Conlon (40 pages on beading with lots of illustrations on how to stitch beads, recommended threads, tools, etc.)
3) Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire B Shaeffer (only 3 pages on beading - but a good book that I've learned a lot from in general)
4) Reader's Digest Complete Book of Embroidery by Melinda Coss - there are only 4 pages on beading, but this is my favorite embroidery reference book (I learned most of my stitches from it).
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