Sewing with beads is not necessarily a big thing. But it is what it is. And like every other speciality tasks it needs materials. Some materials are different for sewing beads than just sewing. This difference comes from the addition of beads into the mix. With these materials, you can start the start sewing beads into fabrics right away.
Sewing with beads can be divided into different categories like bead weaving and beads embroidery. All of these categories obviously need beads. Beads are the what gives life to this art you can add different beads to the same design and get a completely new effect.
There are also a lot of beads to choose from. Like seed beads, bugle beads, cylinder beads and so on. So with any kind of bead, you can create a beautiful piece of fabric.
These are another obvious supply needed. And like beads, there is a lot to choose from. Needles usually differ in length and thickness. Needles that pretty long and thick are usually used for this purpose. Thickness gives it the strength and manoeuvrability and length makes it much easier to use.
English beading needles or Millner needles are popular for this use.
This is another one of those obvious materials. You can use any kind of threads. If you are just sewing with beads on a fabric a regular thread is enough. But that is not the case for bead embroidery.
Beading thread is used to stick beads to the embroidery foundation. Two kinds of threads are usually used for this purpose, nylon beading thread or gel-spun or fishing line thread.
Some people love their nylon beading threads and they use it always. They are soft and strong, also they don’t create any holes in fabrics. They also have a wide range, that means they come in a lot of colours and thickness. This means you can use them with any of the beads.
Gel-spun or fishing line type threads are the second popular choice. They are strong and stiffer than nylon threads. Also, they don’t have such a wide range means they don’t come in as colours as a nylon thread. They are pretty easy to die with a permanent marker.
Both threads will work for sewing into the fabric. So for choosing between them you should t8ry each out decide for yourself.
4. Bead embroidery backing
As the name suggests this item is only necessary for bead embroidery.
This is one of the layers in the three layer of bead embroidery. It also serves a special purpose it covers the back of the stitches, holds the lining in place and they protect the beads and makes the cloth comfortable to wear.
Some kind of fabric is often used as embroidery backing. Suede and Ultrasuede are the popular choices and some people even use a piece of leather for this purpose. A good embroidery backing is necessary for any work. They make it look more professional and gives them more value.