Beaded Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch

Beaded Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch is a variation on Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch which follows a curve well so you work in circular pattens or if worked in lines makes a great border pattern too!

With this stitch the beading is done during the stitching process not added afterward. The trick is use a size 26 tapestry needle. Since the eye of a tapestry needle is long you can thread perle #8 and Perle #5 through the long eye. However the needle itself is thin which means you can add a bead to your working thread as you stitch.

How to stitch Beaded Alternating Up and Down Stitch

Alternating Up and down buttonhole 2Starting this stitch  with a regular  buttonhole stitch
Alternating Up and down buttonhole 3For the next part of the stitch, insert the needle as illustrated and take a bite of the fabric with the tip of the needle pointing upwards. If you are used to working buttonhole stitches this feels wrong as the needle points in the other direction but it is right.

Alternating Up and down buttonhole 4Wrap the working thread under the needle and pull the needle through the foundation fabric. As you pull the needle through pull the needle towards you instead of away from you. As you do this hold down the loop that forms with the left thumb to prevent it slipping. This loop forms the bar at the base of both stitches.

Thread a bead on to your working thread.

Alternating Up and down buttonhole beaded 1

Work the next pair of stitches pointing on other side of the line.

Alternating Up and down buttonhole beaded 2

Continue along the line adding beads between each pair of stitches as illustrated.

Alternating Up and down buttonhole beaded 3

Tutorial on how to Work Beaded Oyster Stitch

Beaded Oyster stitch sampleBeaded Oyster stitch is a variety of Oyster stitch that is quick and easy to work. Also since oyster stitch is a member of the chain stitch family it is very versatile. It will follow a curve well and although it looks complex is not difficult to work.

This stitch forms a pretty edge for items such as needlebook cover, the edge of a fabric book page, fabric postcard or around the edge of of christmas tree decorations

Tip! With this stitch the beading is done during the stitching process not added afterward. The trick is use a size 26 tapestry needle. Since the eye of a tapestry needle is long you can thread perle #8 and Perle #5 through the long eye. However the needle itself is thin which means you can add a bead to your working thread as you stitch.
The step by step instruction samples have been worked using perle # 5 thread

Step by step instructions on how to work Beaded Oyster Stitch

You start an Oyster stitch

Beaded oyster stitch step by step tutorial 1Bring the thread to the front of the fabric, insert the needle a little to the left, take a bite of the fabric pointing  the tip of the needle downwards. Cross the working thread over the needle, then wrap the thread under the needle like you would do to create a twisted chain stitch.

Beaded oyster stitch step by step tutorial 2Pull the needle through the fabric so it is snug, with the loop flat but not so tight it pulls the fabric.

Beaded oyster stitch step by step tutorial 3Without picking up the foundation fabric, slide the needle under the right-hand top thread, above the loop that has formed.

Beaded oyster stitch step by step tutorial 4Pull the thread through.

Beaded oyster stitch step by step tutorial 5Insert the needle into the fabric at the top of the stitch, point the needle downwards, slide it behind the knot, so that the needle exists the cloth at the base as illustrated.

Beaded oyster stitch step by step tutorial 6Loop the thread under the needle (as you would for a chain stitch) and pull the needle through.

Beaded Oyster stitch step 7Add a bead to your working thread

Beaded Oyster stitch step 8Repeat the process of creating your oyster chain and continue along the line.The first wrap made to create the twisted chain feels a bit clumsy but once you have established a rhythm it is a beaded stitch that works up easily.

Beaded Oyster stitch step 9 Take a look at the Oyster stitch page to see get ideas on how to use this variety as Beaded Oyster Stitch can be used to add a dramatic flare in many of the situations where you would use Oyster stitch or chain stitch.

Beaded Lock stitch Tutorial

Beaded Lock stitch step sampleBeaded Lock stitch is a  variation on double lock stitch. It is a very quick and easy to work beaded embroidery stitch, that looks good as a border or worked row upon row for a filling stitch.

You need to be familiar with lock stitch to work this variety.

The samples are worked in straight line but this stitch will hold a curve if you adjust the angle the foundation stitches in a ray or fan like manner.

Note: With this stitch the beading is done during the lacing process using a size 26 tapestry needle as you can thread cotton perle #8 and #5 through the eye of this needle yet it is thin enough to thread a bead and add it  to your stitching.

How to work Beaded Lock Stitch

Beaded Lock stitch step 1Work a row of straight stitches of equal length.

The lacing is worked from right to left. Bring your thread out on the right side of the first straight stitch.
Pass the thread the needle under the first stitch from the left with the tip pointing right (as illustrated).Pull the needle under the straight stitch.

Add a bead to your working thread.

Beaded Lock stitch step 2

Move to the next straight stitch and pass the needle under from the left with the tip pointing towards the right. Pull the thread through. This will lace together the first two foundation stitches with a bead in the middle. Note that you are lacing the stitches and not going through the fabric.

Continue in this manner along the line of foundation stitches. At the end of the line take your thread to the back of your work.

Beaded Lock stitch step 3Turn your work.

Beaded Lock stitch step 4Work a second line of laced stitches adding beads in between every second foundation stitch as illustrated.

On this top line you can offset the beads to create a stepped pattern or you can align the beads to form a vertical ridge.

Beaded Lock stitch step 5Both worked row upon row create a highly decorative and quick filling stitch.