Saturday, June 2, 2012

Review: Nicole's BeadBacking

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins! I'm excited to do my first product review.


A Very Generous Offer

A couple weeks ago I mentioned to Dawn Doucette that I really wanted to try Nicole's BeadBacking as a base for my bead embroidery -- but that, being short on cash, I would have to rob a bank in a sequined mask and cape first. ;)

Well, Nicole Campanella, the creator of Nicole's BeadBacking, read this comment and sent me an email, offering to send me some if I'd post a review. And of course, I agreed! Before I knew it, I had not one, but TWO packages in my mailbox. One was a large collection of BeadBacking pieces, and the other was a sample pack.


My Project

I was so excited! But also... a little intimidated. Taking the pieces out of the bag, I saw that they were so pretty, with such a nice texture, and I wanted to do them justice. It took a few false starts before I found a design I was excited about.



This is another cuff bracelet, made with one of my favorite bead and sequin mixes -- what I call sea mix because of all the blues and greens. I've embroidered on a light blue shade of BeadBacking. I wanted to have it finished for today, but shoulder pain is slowing me down a little.

Still, I love how the cuff is coming along, and I can't wait to see it finished!


The Verdict?


In the seven-ish months that I've done bead embroidery, I've used a few different surfaces. Leather, vinyl reinforced with packing tape, felt, buckram. Honestly, I'll be using every last piece of my BeadBacking, and then wanting more after that! And that's because:

  • It comes in several different colors, so I don't have to color it myself.
  • But I can, if I want to sketch a pattern for the beadwork. A pen works fine.
  • It's stiff and sturdy, so I don't have to layer, fold or reinforce it with anything.
  • It doesn't fray.
  • It's easy to cut and trim.
  • It's super duper easy to pass a needle through -- no more broken needles, even the size 12!
  • It doesn't shed like felt does -- so no watering eyes and sneezing for this fiber-sensitive gal.

So I definitely recommend Nicole's BeadBacking for bead embroidery projects. I think you'll like it a lot! I can't compare it to Lacy's Stiff Stuff, since I've never used that before, but my friend Dawn has, which you can read in her review here.


A Giveaway!

So maybe you're like me -- you really, really want to give NBB a try, but you're so strapped for cash, you're contemplating your own career as a stylish bandit. Before you start making that costume, I have some news: I'm giving you a chance to win the variety pack that Nicole sent!

(As much as I'm really, really tempted to keep it for myself.)

So stay tuned! Once the craziness that is Bead and Button is over, I'll host a giveaway, with extra points for anyone who's never used NBB before. Details to follow.

Thanks, Nicole, for your generosity! And thanks, sparkleriffic blog friends, for reading and commenting.

Have a sequintastic day! I hope to see you at the Bead and Button Show -- email me if you want to meet up. Nicole won't be there, but her BeadBacking will, at booths 1213 and 1215!

27 comments:

  1. Now I'm convinced I need to try this. For 20 years, I've always used felt. but lately it's been difficult to find felt that isn't all fuzzy.

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    1. I think you'll like it!

      I know what you mean about felt -- the quality has really gone downhill these days. It seems flimsy, too. The light passes right through it!

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  2. Great article. Nicole is most generous and has been a wonderful source of inspiration.
    Happy Creative Day :)
    -Eva Maria

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    1. Thanks, Eva Maria!

      She's really awesome, isn't she? :)

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  3. I am definitely going to give this a try, and hopefully I will be able to enter your contest. Oh I so wish I was going to the Bead and Button show,but I have to do my own version of a masked bandit.

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    1. I'm going to have Mr. Sequin look into international shipping and see how much it is -- I'd love it if I could open the contest up to everyone!

      I wish you were going to Bead and Button, too. I understand how the cost of traveling there could be prohibitive, though! One of these days I want to set up a Bead and Button Scholarship Fund. :)

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  4. That is incredibly GORGEOUS and so thoughtful of Nicole. Now there is a business owner that truly cares about her clients. I will definitely be looking into her line!

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    1. Georgina, that's such a good point about Nicole really caring about her clients! She brought customer service to a whole new level, so I'm really happy to give her some well-deserved attention. :)

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  5. Looks like a great product. The cuff you're making is going to be fantastic . . . love the colors. :)

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    1. It really is a great product! :)

      I can't wait to finish the cuff. I'm hoping to work on it at Bead and Button a little (when I'm not shopping).

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  6. Sarah, I am SOOOOOOO glad you and Nicole connected. Her beadbacking is by far the best I've used. But even more so, her heart is a genuine as they come. She's an extremely talented artist with a heart of gold and I'm so glad you were able to connect! I LOVE the cuff you started... send it my way when you're done (wink, wink). I cannot wait to see the finished product!

    Hope your weekend is fantabulous as you... you stylish bandit you! ;)
    {Hugs!}

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    1. Thanks, Dawn! <3

      You're so, so right about Nicole -- she's amazing. I'm glad that she and I became friends, and I hope this post sends lots of business her way. :)

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  7. I've never tried Nicole's backing, but I've heard of it and would love to. Your cuff is beautiful and you're using some of my favorite colors! I hope I can enter your giveaway. Have a great time at B&B!

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    1. Thanks, Maryanne! :)

      It's definitely a great product. I see that you're in Maryland -- so you'll definitely be able to enter the giveaway.

      I leave for the show this afternoon. So excited I can hardly sit still!

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  8. Love the wavy effect of your cuff. This one will be so pretty. Sorry about the pain, I am sure it is so labor intensive to bead like this. But the results sure are worth it. xox

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    1. Thanks! I'm loving the waviness, too. :)

      I think that if I get more massages to maintain that shoulder flexibility and learn to take more breaks, I won't have as much trouble with the beading. I'm also thinking, I should build up my strength some more.

      (Especially since it's a strain for me to carry milk jugs.)

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  9. Ohhhhh myyyyy. I am overwhelmed with your wonderful post and the lovely comments. Your cuff is absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for your kind words.
    Let me know when you have to give away. Passing it on... it only helps all of us.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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    1. Thanks, Nicole! And thanks again for your generosity. <3

      I'm so glad that you enjoyed this post! I'll let you know when I'm doing the giveaway -- it'll be tough to part with that gorgeous variety pack, but worth it to find you another devoted customer!

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  10. Love it, and the effect is amazing!

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    1. Thanks, Jen! And thanks for stopping by. <3

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  12. I always use laceys, but will go to the booth tomorrow.

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    1. Awesome! Thanks for checking Nicole's out. I hope you're enjoying the bead show!

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  13. I do very little bead embroidery, but you've definitely sold me on the benefits of Nicole's bead backing. I've only used ultrasuede or heavy weight interfacing.

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    1. Awesome, Karen! I hope you enter the giveaway, then. :)

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  14. It's great stuff and I'd love to win more1

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