Noni’s Heart on My Sleeve, is embellished with beaded hearts . . .they are beautiful, but took a bit of trial and error before I hit upon the right technique for getting a solidly beaded heart that was a pretty shape.
I rejected a bunch of lop-sided hearts (all of which got undone) before we came up with a plan for beautiful hearts every time.
Find a clean, well-lit place to work, of course: Lay down a piece of clean paper or other material on your work surface – when beads are involved, sometimes it’s nice to put down a towel so if beads go astray they don’t roll everywhere.
Gather Your Materials: No. 8 seed beads, a small dish in which to keep them, a beading needle, nylon beading thread, your almost finished bag, and scissors or thread nippers.
Decide on the Location for a Beaded Heart: or, if you can’t decide, just pick some place with abandon. Start on the inside with your double-strand of thread knotted on the end.
Second, Outline The Heart with Beads:
You can see above that I have started to follow the thread outline with beads. I go all the way around then decide how much of the heart to fill in. Sometimes, I only filled in part of the heart.
I have not scientific method for this process, save I keep traveling through the felt until I get the tip of the needle out again, put a bead on the needle, and then go back into the felt (rather than all the way through–in this way, I can stay working on the outside of the bag), catch a bit of the felt, and out comes the needle somewhere else ready for another bead. i do not feel that I must start at the bottom and fill in from the bottom up or the inside out or the outside in. My only concern is that I stay inside the lines.
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