Beaded Fern stitch is s simple, versatile variety of Fern stitch and is ideal to use in floral sprays and is an excellent stitch to use for simple Christmas wreaths.
In this sample, I have used perle #8 hand-dyed variegated thread and a size 26 tapestry needle. Since the beading is done during the stitching process, and not added afterwards, 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. You add beads to every second arm along the line.
Work three straight stitches, as you would with fern stitch, and bring your working thread out from the back of the fabric. Thread two or three seed beads on to your needle.
With the beads on the thread, work a straight stitch on the left side.
With the beads on the thread, work a straight stitch on the other side. Next, work a unit of three straight stitches that are normal fern stitch.
This pattern is repeated along the line. Beaded Fern stitch is delightful, 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.
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