Beaded Fern Stitch

Beaded Fern stitch is s simple, versatile variety of Fern stitch and is ideal to use in floral sprays and is ideal for simple Christmas wreaths.

beaded fern stitch sampleIn this sample I have used perle #8 hand dyed variegated thread and a size a size 26 tapestry needle. Since the beading is done during the stitching process not added afterward use a 26 tapestry needle. The eye of a tapestry needle is long which means you can thread perle #8 and Perle #5 through. However the needle itself is thin which means you can add a bead to your working thread as you stitch. I have used seed beads in this sample.

How to work Beaded Fern Stitch

Beaded Fern Stitch consists of a simple arrangement of 3 straight stitches along a central line. Every second arm along the line you add beads to.

beaded fern stitch step 1
Work 3 straight stitches as you would with ferns stitch and bring your working thread out from the back of the fabric. Thread 2 or 3 seed beads on to your needle.

beaded fern stitch step 2With the beads on the thread work a straight stitch on the left side.

beaded fern stitch step 3With the beads on the thread work a straight stitch on the other side. Next work a unit of 3 straight stitches that are normal fern stitch.

beaded fern stitch step 4This pattern is repeated along the line. Beaded Fern stitch is pretty particularly when worked on a curve or in a free form manner. You can also use bugle beads or even some novelty beads if they are the right size.


For the Love of Stitching Sample 597

hand embroidery detail on needlework stitching samplerThis area is found on part 42 of The for Love of Stitching Band Sampler. It is a section of freeform embroidery. I also added beads to stitches.

hand embroidery detail on needlework stitching sampler

Stitches Used:

Straight stitch, Satin stitch, French knots, Cross stitch, Rice stitch, Square boss, Bullion knots and I added bugle and seed beads.

Thread:

Hand dyed perle #5 perle cotton and wool also I used 1 stand of Caron watercolours  thread

Fabric:

Linda 27 count evenweave

Date:

This section of the sampler was worked mid 2009.

Size:

The For Love of Stitching Band Sampler is 15 cm (6 inches) wide and consists of different strips of fabric which are stitched together to form one long strip. It currently measures 96 feet 5 inches (2,938.78 centimetres), or  32.138 yards which is 29.3878 meters. It is still growing…

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For the Love of Stitching Sample 593

hand embroidery detail on needlework stitching sampler This area is found on part 42 of The for Love of Stitching Band Sampler. It is an experiment using straight stitches and back stitches to form a pattern

Stitches Used:

Back stitch, straight stitch, and seed beads

Thread:

Caron watercolours  1 strand of #5 perle cotton

hand embroidery detail on needlework stitching sampler

Fabric:

Linda 27 count evenweave

Date:

This section of the sampler was worked mid 2009.

Size:

The For Love of Stitching Band Sampler is 15 cm (6 inches) wide and consists of different strips of fabric which are stitched together to form one long strip. It currently measures 96 feet 5 inches (2,938.78 centimetres), or  32.138 yards which is 29.3878 meters. It is still growing…

Sampler FAQ
For the full back story on this piece visit the Sampler FAQ page.

All posts in the series are in the category  the Love of Stitching Band Sampler.

Are you enjoying this series?  You may enjoy my online Sumptuous Surface Embroidery class which will start on the 7th march 2013

Details about the class, booking and purchase is here  If you are not sure how an online class runs visit this page