Intro to Bead Embroidery

in the middle and I'll just start over hi I'm Allie with the Potomac beet company and I'm going to show you how to do a bezel set cab and we're going to be doing it on a on lacy stuff stuff along with ultrasuede I am using size eleven delicas I'm going to use caramel Ceylon and matte opaque sea foam and I'm using a green homomorphic cab here and what I've done to start out with is I've cut the lacy stuff stuff down a little bit and traced my cabochon we're going to be doing the same thing later on with the ultra suede we're going to be tracing our project but for now the ultra suede can be put aside I also have point zero zero six wildfire beading thread and I'd have it on a size ten English beading needle I'm going to take my cabochons off my SIF stuff and to begin I'm going to take my thread and needle which I have a knot on the end of and I'm going to sew right along that line that I've made and I'm going to sew three of my delicas at a time so I've sewn up through the back of the stiff stuff three delicas on I let them drop down exactly in place where they need to go and then I'm going to continue to sew along that line so I push them exactly where they need to go right after those beads I'm going to sew down through the stiff stuff at the bottom and those beads will lay right along my line I'm going to take my thread then right below that initial knot and sew up through the back of the stiff stuff again and you do want your thread to stay on the inner portion of this circle you don't want it to go to the outer portion because this will be covered by the cab so if it is inside a little bit it's better rather than outside I'm going to sew back through those original three beads but I found three is kind of the magic number for this four gets a little long and choose a little short and ones just a pain so I'd now sew through those original three beads and now I'm going to put three more beads on and continue that same process lining them up against the line taking my needle right along the line through to the back and then I'm going to take my needle and bring it back through my project right below where that first thread came back and that's going to bring it below those three beads I'm going to continue this the whole way around my cab sewing through those three beads that I just put on and then adding three more beads at a time this is going to make a nice line the whole way along your cabochon so I've gone through the whole outer perimeter of the sift stuff and right along that a line with my thread and my needle and what I've done is made sure when I'm done and getting towards the end that I have an even count of beads on so right here I have fifty two beads on my 25 by 18 millimeter tab the 52 beads after I add them what I do is go through the original first three beads that I put on after I put on my last three and then I'm going to have my thread coming out the top this point I'm going to put my cab one and just make sure that it fits in there right nice and tight so what I'm looking at it it just gets a nice little fit right inside them at this point if you want to you're going to go ahead and you can take the glue glue right along the back of your cab and you can glue it on to your stiff stuff you won't see the glue so you might as well and so I'm going to take some glue glue on my sniffs glue make a bond to my stuff stuff and then I will show you how to add more seed beads and how to build up your peyote now I've glued my cab on to my stiff stuff and what I want to do when I'm gluing something that I forgot to mention is you don't want to over glue your cabochons what's going to happen is the glue is going to seep out the back of the stiff stuff as well as the glue can close up the holes on your seed beads if you over glue it's going to seep in to those holes so now I'm getting ready to add my second layer of seed beads some people at this point will cut off the rest of their stiff stuff and what you're going to do is turn it over the back and cut it as close as you can around the back of those I usually like to have something else to hold on to while I'm working on it so I keep this stuff stuff on until I'm done during the next couple rows I'm going to start the second row with the Ceylon color and that is going to give you a little bit of a different look and all this is is even count peyote I'm going to skip the next bead in line and I'm going to pick up one of my seafoam green beads and pull that through and I'm going to continue going the whole way along the line with peyote if you're not positive how to do peyote you can check out our other videos and that will show you kind of the process of doing it but basically I am skipping one bead picking up the next and those cream colored beads are going to lie at every other station so I pick up a bead I sew through after one skipped bead and that's going to start my peyote I'm going to do this the whole way along the side of my cabochon eventually those beads are going to sit right up nice next to the cap right now I'm not going to worry about it too much because it's not going to happen until I really start to pull in and use a different size 15 bead so I'm going to continue doing this peyote row the whole way around my cabochon so now that I've gone the whole way around doing peyote I'm going to take my last bead to put on of my sail in color I'm going through the first original turquoise bead there the seafoam color and then what I'm going to do to step up is sew through the first one of the cream-colored Salem B that I put on now I'm going to continue with my peyote and as I'm doing this peyote row I am going to pull a little bit tighter so these beads that were on the outside are going to start pushing up and laying right along my cabochon so go ahead and put some 11 o delicas on at this point and so through all of the cream-colored ones that are sitting up so I've continued adding rows to my peyote and right now I am five rows high I did another row of the light caramel then I didn't row of this seafoam I'm going to then pick up my 15s the amount of rows that you need is dependent on the curvature of your cab so a cab that doesn't sit very high you may only need three rows a cab that sits really high you may need seven or eight rows depending on kind of how high you're going what I'm going to do now is pull the delicas in by using a smaller bead so it's sitting right along the side of my cab and what I'm going to do is start picking up 15 OC beads I forgot to mention these in the beginning of the video because I never think about them until the end when we actually have to pull everything in and I'm using this pewter color or the gunmetal color and I'm just going to continue my peyote just like I was for the previous rows and what this is going to do is as you use a smaller bead it's going to pull in the whole peyote stitch so that it lays closer to the inside of your once I'm done going around with my 15 OC beads what I'm going to do is sew my thread through my peyote row so that way I come back on the back of my beat this back here this all this stitching area is going to be covered up in the back with my ultra suede so you won't see it so what I'm going to do is poke through the seed beads and just do it in a line that I'm going from one down through the other I don't want to see any of my thread so I've gone on a diagonal through three beads and then I'm going to take that thread again through these next two beads in the diagonal row come out right on the end and take my needle and tuck it back so that it's coming out behind my stiff stuff if I wanted to and you don't want to glue and you especially would definitely need to I could have done another row of my 15 because it's glued honestly I didn't really have even have to do one row but I like the look of it now that I'm on the back of my stiff stuff what I'm going to do is tie knots and hold this in place and my thread has gotten really short if you do need to add more thread this is an easy project to do so because you can tie a knot and then you can go through take your needle through the back so basically did opposite that I did here take your needle through the back of the stiff stuff off the side and up some of your beads and I'm just going to pull that nice and tight get some – nice knots on there and then I'm going to get ready to cut when I cut to get it off the hulls part of the stiff stuff I do want to use a really sharp sharp scissors so we're going to get ready to do our cutting so I have my sharp scissors now and I'm ready to go and what I'm going to do is just kind of cut right along the edge of the stiff stuff I'm pulling the stuff shove back with the front part of the scissors and I'm cutting as close as I can around that and I'm doing it from the back just so I make sure that I don't cut any of my seams in any of my stitches if you cut your stitches you're in bad shape and you're going to have to start the project over again and sometimes it's really hard to get that cab off of the stiff stuff if you've glued it now that I have my first initial cut you can see L see a bunch of the stiff stuff what I'm going to do is I'm going to take my nice sharp scissors and I'm going to go in and I'm going to try to cut a lot closer and cut a lot of that stiff stuff off and that's going to take care of doing a lot of my edging and that way I'm not going to see the stiff stuff as I'm working on it here's where when I said that you wanted to make sure that your stitches stay inside that original line this is why because you don't want to see any of the stiff stuff so I'm going to continue to cut around and then what I'm going to do is my traced out line on my cab that is on my ultra suede I'm going to cut that and I'm going to get ready to glue and to back the ultra suede onto the stiff stuff at that time also I'll show you how I kind of end and hide the side with an additional row of peyote and if you want to you can embellish I have some Shroff sea crystals here that I'm going to embellish the outside with and I'll show you how to do that so now that I have the stiff stuff cut and all of my edges cut down I do want to apply my ultra suede the ultra suede you do want to make sure that it is a little bit bigger than your cap so when I draw my line I cut to the outside of my original cab line that's going to take care of that extra little that you see at this point you can glue this on and you can end it you will see a tiny bit of the stiff stuff but that can be just a nice quick ending if you're perfectionist what you're going to do is you're going to add some thread so back through the peyote rows after you glue this on then you're just going to do two more rows of peyote beads usually two or one and that's going to hide the whole seaming and the side you're going to have to end your thread then on the side as well as that for your project you can take additional beads and kind of make that a little embellish so I'm going to go ahead and glue this on and then I'm going to show you how I attach the extra rows of the peyote to hide the edges so now what I've done is I've gone through and done two more rows of my peyote I did one in the seafoam color and then another one in that caramel color and I'm going to take my glue now and kind of lift up the edges of my ultra suede if you need to sometimes you may need to kind of glue or cut the ultra suede just to make sure that it still fits in I'm going to glue to my ultra suede down in place and then I'm going to tie off my thread if I don't want to embellish anymore and then you're going to be done your cab here what I'm going to do is embellish my cab a little bit so I'm going to take my needle and thread and I'm going to sew back through my project again on a diagonal so that way I don't see the thread coming out and that's going to put me right on the side of my project at this point if I want to I can decorate my cab I can put a veil on the cab which the bails that I prefer are just peyote bails so you can just do a strip of peyote separately and then sew it together on there and what I'm going to do is I'm going to pick up one of my 15 OC beads then one of my crystals and one of my 15 OC beads and I'm going to skip here and sew right along this edge I'm going to skip over two of my beads pick up a third bead in that row of the peyote and pull tight that's going to put that crystal right on the side of my cab and I'm going to continue this kind of the whole way around the bottom section you can do it the whole way around the top whole way around the bottom it's up to you you just want to make sure that you're maintaining yourself on the same row of the peyote the whole time and that is going to get you that embellishment so you can see me just kind of picking up sewing thrill you can also see all the scrap around my around my mat here of cutting off things and kind of making things work and I'm going to continue that the whole way around my cab and that's going to give me just an extra little decoration on on this cabochon to kind of pull it together make it a little bit more decorated and add a little bit more flair to it and then when I get to the point that I want to put on a bail like I said I'm going to do a separate peyote strip and put that on and you can watch another peyote video to figure out how to do that you can use even just a little piece of wire 24 gauge will go right through the top of those beads right here you can go right along the top and put that through and make it hang down wire wise but that is how you're going to do the bead embroidery and the set cab so thanks so much for watching I know it's a long video if you have any questions please let me know like us on Facebook watch our other videos and subscribe to our YouTube channel so you can know when we come out with all the good stuff for you guys to watch 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  1. I enjoyed your video and thank you as I just received some delicas from my wonderful sister-in-law. As a rank amateur I attempted my first beading on a cabochon. Had trouble getting the second row to curve up over the sides of the cab, even when pulling tight. Can you tell me what I have done wrong? Using size 11 delicas in two colors, one is a matte, the other a crystal; wondering if that has anything to do with it.

  2. Absolutely beautiful. I was always so afraid to try…it looked so hard & I expect perfection from myself. Many years ago they werent using any type of fabric or so. Then I started stiffening wool felt and trying to make them that way (many years ago ) because I knew their was a better way or easier way….then covering the back in real thin leather. Thank heaven for stiff stuff or stiffened felt 😃. I basically just been doing a basic design for many years, but after watching your video by accident today…..I am going to try your way. I hope all goes well…because your pattern and work is gorgeous. I love, love, love it. YEAH SOMETHING NEW TOO!

  3. A very well done tutorial, I found the pacing and sound levels just fine, the narrator has a nice pleasant voice. Thanks!

  4. I find it much easier to e6000 the cab down to the backing material and work in groups of 4. it eliminates the need for counting all together.

  5. Beautiful work and thanks for sharing. . . would it be possible to shrink the size of this to use the pattern for a 12 inch doll? Thanks again. . .

  6. I'm wanting a video that shows how attach the bail on. I'm a beginner to all this beading so maybe you can recommend some videos. thank you.

  7. Wow, this tutorial is fantastic. Your explanation and visual technique makes it so easy to understand. Can't wait to get started with one for myself.

    Thank you for sharing your expertise.

  8. Easy to understand tutorial! All your tutorials are like that, thats why I really like watching  them 🙂 Thank you!

  9. An exceptionally clear video without all the annoying chatter that one finds on many beading videos.

  10. Thank you for an excellent tutorial, with details I could not find in any other tutorials:  how to add Lacy Stuff, how to add Ultrasuede, when to glue, and so on.
    Some people say that you need to sew through the Ultrasuede.  What is your opinion on this?  Thank you.

  11. I watched a different video, and it didn't help me much, and came to yours, and it was great. Thank you.

  12. Wish you had included the how to add the clasp to this video just see how it all fitted together, I feel stuck now that the project is almost done.

  13. What can you use instead of the stiff fabric & the other piece, I'm in the uk so this stuff wont be readily available

  14. What is the technical name for the white stuff you are sewing beads directly onto?
    Is it a kind of stiff felt?

  15. Огромное спасибо.Очень понятно и доступно.Есть ли у вас ещё видиоматериалы?

  16. Hi. I have one more question I was hoping you could help me with. Once the time comes to glue the Ultrasuede onto the stiff stuff, what type of glue should I use? Would E-6000 work well as it does with attaching the cab to the stiff stuff, or should I use a different type of glue?
    Thank you in advance for any help you can give me.


  17. Hi Allie. I have a quick question. If I wanted to start the bottom base row of the peyote with 8/0 delicas and then transition up with 11/0's (sort of like when transitioning to 15/0 rounds to pull the work tighter), how would I do that? Would I use two 11/0 delicas at a time between the 8/0's as Im working up the peyote? Thanks for any help you can give me.

  18. gorgeous.  What is the stiffy stuff? and what size cab did you use?  It would really make a lovely brooch.

  19. This is my first time to see any of your videos and this is an old machine so watching for me, was like a skipping record,however , this was absolutely gorgeous,you could turn that into a brooch.My goodness the ladies at my church would be drooling for that kind of thing if they like that kind of thing. It was very stylish and looked very expensive. A wonderful job.Thank You.

  20. This is just what I needed
    Thank you Alley, Your the best! PS The video was not too long really. We would have waited for you to finish the whole project.

  21. can you please put the size of the pearls? so it is easier to translate. Thank you from Spain

  22. This was an excellent tutorial, I just wish she slow down a little, so I could understand her better, all in all a great video.

  23. Not positive as Allie says she had them for over 15 years, but they may be Slip-n-snip scissors. We do not currently carry them but you should be able to find them online or in craft stores.

  24. Yes the really inexpensive ones tend to break (snap), and the English needles should not snap. Even so, they are still relatively inexpensive (packs of 20 for $1.99 or so).

  25. Hi Deborah, yes we do try to reply to most of the questions asked. We do have a few hundred colors of delicas on TheBeadCo website (see link in description). Thanks!

  26. I have made quite a few of these but never have I seen it done like this. I will try it for sure since it is my favorite thing to make right now.
    Do you ever reply to the questions people ask?
    Does your company have a good supply of Delicas?
    Thank you great tut.!

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