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Manhattan, NY, United States
2011
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How to Make Fabric Beads

Today I thought I would share with you instructions on how to make
one of my favorite fabric beads which I call Eye Candy Beads.
I have been making and teaching these designs for years now.
I hope you like it.


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Instructions

  1. How to make a beads. Fabric Beads - Step 1 1

    Cut a strip of fabric about 45 inches long.
    Wrap it tightly (about 5 times) around the knitting needle....
    then twist and wrap the fabric to create gentle folds.

  2. How to make a beads. Fabric Beads - Step 2 2

    pin in place

  3. How to make a beads. Fabric Beads - Step 3 3

    Determine what kind of fiber you think would work best with your fabric choice.
    Here I am using this confetti look-alike fiber.

  4. How to make a beads. Fabric Beads - Step 4 4

    Wrap it and pin in place.

  5. How to make a beads. Fabric Beads - Step 5 5

    I could finish here....but I want to add a little more color to it, so I use this other fiber around it.
    Wrap and pin in place.




  6. How to make a beads. Fabric Beads - Step 6 6

    I like to place the seed beads on a piece of felt so they don't bounce and roll off my table.

  7. How to make a beads. Fabric Beads - Step 7 7

    Thread your needle, double strand, hide the knot inside the fabric, and randomly stitch the beads on your fabric bead.
    While you are stitching the beads, make sure that you go through all the layers.
    This will anchor the fabric, the fibers and the beads all at the same time.

  8. How to make a beads. Fabric Beads - Step 8 8

    When you are done, pull the bead off the knitting needle and it will look something like this.

  9. How to make a beads. Fabric Beads - Step 9 9

    When you get the hang of it, you may want to make a whole bunch in stages....
    It saves time if you do all the wrapping at the same time...
    then the beading and so forth.

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