Beaded Alternating Feather stitch Tutorial

Beaded Alternating Feather sample 2Beaded Alternating Feather stitch is a form of Feather stitch that is a fun decorative variety that can be adapted easily to create a variety of patterns and designs. For most beaded stitches I use a #26 tapestry needle which is fine enough to thread a bead, yet the eye is long enough to take a perle # 8 thread. using this type of needle means you can embroider and bead at the same time. The sample above is created using cotton perle #5 thread and oval beads. I used it on a crazy quilted block as a decorative seam treatment.

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch sampleHere is a second sample this time I used seed beads and sequins to decorate a crazy quilt seam.

How to hand embroider Beaded Alternating Feather Stitch

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch tutorial step 1Bring the thread through the fabric at the top left and insert the needle to the right as illustrated. Make a stitch with the needle tip pointed downward and with the thread wrapped under the needle, pull it through the fabric.

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch tutorial step 2Make a second feather stitch by inserting the needle to the right and with the needle tip pointed downward as illustrated. With the thread wrapped under the needle, pull it through the fabric.

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch tutorial step 3Thread a bead or beads on your needle and make a large stitch by inserting the needle to the left in line with the left side of your first stitch. Make a stitch on a downward angle so that the needle emerges between the two points as illustrated. With the thread wrapped under the needle, pull it through the fabric to make the next stitch.

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch tutorial step 4Work these movements alternatively down the line adding beads as required.

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch tutorial step 5Beaded Alternating Feather stitch is a decorative stitch that can be adapted easily to create a variety of patterns. I hope you enjoy the stitch.

 

Have you seen my book?

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My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results  shares detailed practical methods on how to design and make a crazy quilt. I cover such topics as fabric choice, tricky challenges like balancing colour, texture and pattern, and how to direct your viewers eye around the block. I cover how to stitch and build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be practical and inspiring.

Stitchers templates

My templates aim to help you take your stitching to the next level. Designed by an embroiderer for embroiderers. With them you can create hundreds of different hand embroidery patterns to embellish your seams  with flair. These templates are easy to use, made of clear plastic so you can position them easily and are compact in your sewing box.

using my stitchers Templates set 2These are simple to use. You simply position the template in place and use a quilter’s pencil to trace along the edge of the template. Stitch along this line to decorate the seam. I have a free ebook of patterns to accompany each set which illustrates how they can be used.

TO ORDER your Stitchers Templates

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 
Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

 

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.

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Crazy quilt template set 2Have you seen my Stitchers templates?

As a stitcher who loves crazy quilting and embroidery I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my Stitchers Templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to embroider on your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.

Templates set 1 you will find here 
Templates set 2 you will find here