How to do tambour beading

This video demonstrates how to do tambour beading, a technique used in French haute couture embroidery in Paris.

This method looks easier as the beads are worked on the front of the fabric but the principal is the same.

 I think I am off to order a tambour hook, and what ever else I need to give this type of beading a try.  

How to make Beaded Spiders

Spiders on crazy quilts traditionally mean good luck. I was poking about the net and found some instructions on how to make wired spiders that look like they would sit in the top corner of a crazy quilt and be right at home. 

I discovered this great tutorial written by Shawkl which uses 2 beads for the body and has the legs emerging from the middle.

This video demonstrates how to make a beaded spider using wire, glass seed beads, bugle beads and one large bead.  Thanks goes to Kay Shaltha Whitlow who filmed and demonstrated the technique.

Also there is a full round up of tutorials online on how to make wire and bead spiders presented in the Beading Gems Journal 

These are a great way to use up larger beads that are odd which I seam to accumilate. If there are two often I can use them in ear rings but a large single bead can pose a challenge.