or how I really spent Thanksgiving week-end. Did minimal shopping but had a relaxing time just beading.
A friend gave me this beading mat last summer and I have not had a chance to try it until now. I don’t know where you can get it but I bet a local needlework or bead store could help you but here are a couple references I found:
Even found this Double sized mat, but I thought the smaller one was just right for needlepoint:
I love this thing, kept the beads in place and allowed me to have the beads close as I stitched around the piece. I had seen this finishing technique at an EGA meeting last spring and filled a mental picture away for later use.
After stitching the needlepoint I finished two separate pieces over archival safe illustration board (or whatever you use. It has to have some weight
to it to support the beads and needlepoint, but I thought foam core would be too bulky) I used a piece of extra fluffy batting to give some padding to both sides. I also did not glue the pieces on but laced them to each illustration board, then I stitched the two sided together. My beading was 5 beads to cover (depending on the size of you bead and your backing board yours may be different.) Each time I put another row of beads on I went through a
previous row of beads and when I began or ended a thread I went through several rows of beads and the buried the thread in the center. When I completed the beading around I made a beaded loop for the hanger.
That’s how I spent last week-end and now my niece has an ornament for her philanthropic group Christmas ornament exchange.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have time to stitch today!