Noni’s Heart on My Sleeve Purse 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 I 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 of paper or other material on your work surface – when beads are involved, sometimes it’s nice to put down a slightly damp 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 purse, and scissors or thread nippers.
Decide on the Location for a Beaded Heart: If you can’t decide, just pick some place with abandon. Start on the inside of the purse with your double-strand of thread knotted on the end.
First, Outline The Heart with Thread:
As you can see, I used a modified running stitch. A backwards running stitch will also work. I use the outline to guide the beading process.
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 and then decide how much of the heart to fill in. Sometimes, I only filled in part of the heart.
Others, I filled the hearts completely with beads.
Fill the Heart With Beads:
I have no scientific method for my beading process, only that I keep traveling (like a mole under the surface of the garden) through the felt until I push the tip of the needle up and out of the felted fabric again, put a bead on the needle, and then go back into the felt (rather than all the way through it to the inside of the purse). In this way, I 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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