Saturday, December 24, 2011

I heart bead embroidery! Part II.

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

The seed bead obsession continues. I can't wait to show you what I've been working on, but first, I'd like to thank -- and virtually hug -- all the wonderful, amazing people who responded to my previous entry. Your support means more to me than I can express in one journal entry! I truly am lucky to have you in my life.

And now... bead embroidery.

Here's another beaded heart, titled... My Beading Heart. I can't resist a pun!

This piece uses seed beads, sequins, buttons, colored copper wire, and even some plastic electrical wire coating, which looks just like bugle beads when cut into pieces -- with the added benefit that the softer edges won't cause the thread to break. I love the rainbow color scheme.

This is a smaller beaded heart. It's about half the size of the others, but still a dramatic statement piece. It has many of the same ingredients as my other beaded hearts, but the construction is slightly different.

To create the heart shape on this one, I traced a heart onto tissue paper, taped it to my backing, then beaded along the lines. When I had my nice, crisp outline, I tore the paper away. Then all I had to do was bead inside the lines and trim away the excess fabric. The result was clean, quick, and easier than trying to bead freehand.

Besides the tissue paper technique, I learned something important: if beads won't fit into a space, don't force them. It might look all right at first, but after awhile, the beads will lift off the backing, and it's a challenge (read: a total pain) to anchor them down again. So if size 11 is too much, switch to 15... or leave the space blank. Your piece will thank you.

Those are the only heart-themed pieces I have to show. I have plenty more eye candy, though, which I've saved for another post. Stay tuned! One of my most exciting pieces is coming up.

Have a sequintastic day, and I hope your weekend is full of good people, good food, and sparkly things, whether you celebrate the holidays or not! Because you're awesome.


Sarah Sequins

(PS: Also, have a look at what the Artists in Blogland are doing this week! They're such a talented group.)


  1. Wow, the hearts are gorgeous. Love, love, love the whimsy of your mixed designs ... beads, buttons, wire ... it all works so well together and looks fantastic. The top heart is such a wonderful kaleidoscope of colors and is incredible.

  2. Thank you so much!

    I love your description of the rainbow heart. One of my favorite songs happens to be Kaleidoscope Heart by Sara Bareilles. :)

  3. What stunning hearts! I'm so glad you gave that tip about the paper template. I haven't tried bead embroidery yet, so I really appreciate any tips I can use before I get started. I'm so glad I found your blog, and I wish you a very, Merry Christmas!!

  4. What a job! I've always admired those people who can do such things. They are amazing!
    Happy Holidays!!

  5. Lovely hearts. I do love your way with color in beads!

  6. Shirley,

    I'm glad you found the tissue paper tip helpful! I'm hoping to do a tutorial sometime in early 2012 -- I just have to make sure I know what I'm doing. :)

    Have a wonderful weekend and holiday!

  7. Thanks, Roberta!

    I love working with color -- I just bought some new beads, so I'll have even more options for fun combinations. :)

  8. A.W.E.S.O.M.E! Wish I had the patience for this kind of intricate work! A blessed Christmas to you and your family! Patsy from

  9. Hello Sarah

    I'm visiting from Artists in Blogland......I love your beaded hearts. They are fabulous:)

  10. Thanks, Patsy!

    The funny thing is, when I do this kind of work, the time just flies by! This is both good and dangerous -- I've missed a few meals while working on these pieces and must make them up over the holidays. ;)

  11. Hi, Mary Ann!

    Thank you! They're such fun to work on.

    I know a lot of beaders who make dolls, actually -- I love the combination! This year I'm tempted to take the beaded doll class at the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee. :)

  12. added through the Monday blog, please add me too

    Merry Christmas

  13. LOVE your hearts! I love how you mixed buttons with the seed beads. So creative! Thank you for sharing with us!

  14. Oh my goodness these are gorgeous! I didn't even know something like this existed - can't wait to check out more!

  15. Oh my gosh! You made those? You're amazing!
    You have a great blog...
    Come by my blog sometime and if you like we can follow each other...
    Blog hoppin' from FTLOB.


  16. Thanks, Melissa!

    They're so much fun to make. I love the improvisational aspect of bead embroidery. The next one I have planned is a heart, and I'm itching to get started!

    Also, thanks for the Twitter love. You're awesome. :)

  17. Sarah --

    Aww, thanks!

    There really is some amazing beadwork out there. If you ever want to check out more, Google Sherry Serafini. Hers is the best work I've ever seen. Jamie Cloud Eakin is another fantastic artist. :)

  18. Thanks, Heide!

    I checked out your blog. You seem like a very sweet person! So I'm following you now. :)

  19. Wow these are amazing! Do you have a shop?

    xo Shane

  20. Thanks, Shane!

    Here's my shop:

    Nothing listed yet, but that will change very soon!

  21. Hey there! I thought I had commented on your beautiful beaded hearts (love them to death) but I now remember that I got side tracked by your mention of artists in blogland, and know.

    So double thanks for introducing me to a new blog that i love and for the nice comment on my blog and the follow.

    I hope you do get your shop up and running because you work is very authentic and well made. You should do well!


  22. some more beautiful pieces from you, as usual! happy new year!

  23. I'm glad I could introduce you to Artists in Blogland! We really do need more jewelry artists there. :)

    Thanks for your kind words about my work! They mean a lot to me -- I haven't sold my work in years and years, and I'm a little nervous.

  24. Erin,

    Thank you! And a very happy new year to you, too. :)

  25. Love how the buttons were integrated into the pieces!

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  27. Thanks! I really love working with buttons. They look great, and they're also much less expensive than cabs. :)

  28. Oh you are becoming the master of beaded embroidery pieces! Every time I see them they are becoming more and more beautiful! I just wanted to pop by and say HAPPY NEW YEAR & I am really happy to have discovered you (you're truly inspiring), your work & blog this year, much love & happy 2012 x

  29. Thanks so much! I'm having so much fun, but I'm also very intent on mastering this. Because I'm like that with everything I do. :)

    Happy New Year to you too, love! I'm glad to have discovered you, too. *Hugs.*

  30. Delightful, colorful, and well done :)
    -Eva Maria


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