Rule-of-Thumb for using Beads:

Tips, Tricks & Techniques - anything to help fellow cross stitchers.

Rule-of-Thumb for using Beads:

by ecology665 » Mon Oct 17, 2016 7:07 pm

This is for you bead user's. What is the general 'Rule-of-Thumb' for using beads in a project that does not have beads. I want to use beads and bugle beads in some of my designs; however, I have a tendency to overdo stuff. :doh: I'm and trying to search for blogs and sites for using them. I keep getting the 'Mirabalia' designs. :idea:

Welcoming links to your sites and videos.

Thank You.
Posts: 275
Joined: Thu Jan 14, 2016 1:38 am
Location: New Jersey

Re: Rule-of-Thumb for using Beads:

by Mabel Figworthy » Tue Oct 18, 2016 11:12 am

My only Rule of Thumb in cases like these is "do I like it?" If the answer is Yes, then there are the right number of beads and embellishments there :-).

Seriously, taste in beads and embellishments are as individual as taste in Christmas decorations - as I once read somewhere, for some people it isn't Christmas unless there is tinsel and coloured lights on everything in the house including the cat, for others two white baubles on an interestingly shaped branch are getting dangerously near to ostentation. Same with beads. Do what you like!
Visit Mabel's Fancies at
Tree of Life leaf projects, goldwork workshop
Come Rain Come Shine, Tree of Life

Flights of Fancy (blog)
Mabel's Fancies Facebook page
User avatar
Posts: 27047
Joined: Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:05 pm
Location: Dunchurch, UK

Re: Rule-of-Thumb for using Beads:

by richardandtracy » Tue Oct 18, 2016 12:01 pm

We often get coloured lights on the cat. We just never actually put them on the cat, he helps himself while saying 'Oooh Shineee'.

I have to agree with Mabel, they are a very personal taste issue. If you like them, who is to gainsay you? If it's a gift, consider the recipient as well as your own taste.


Free Charting Program for PC's Info Zip Installation
User avatar
Posts: 2942
Joined: Wed May 28, 2014 3:27 pm
Location: Kent, UK

Re: Rule-of-Thumb for using Beads:

by frankattleborough » Tue Oct 18, 2016 4:25 pm

I invariably use beads where the pattern calls for french knots as I am useless at them! But having said that if you think beads will make something look better then by all means use them, it is down to personal taste, like everything else in cross stitch, there are no hard and fast rules to anything.
Smile and the world smiles with you

Work in progress

Family Coat of Arms - Finished
Spike in Charge (Kit) Restarted
Water Garden - Tapestry - will take about another year!!
Norwich Cathedral
User avatar
Posts: 367
Joined: Mon Jul 20, 2009 7:22 pm
Location: Norfolk

Re: Rule-of-Thumb for using Beads:

by DisneyStitcher » Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:21 am

Just as everyone says, beading on your work is really about personal preference. Many folks used beads in place of French knots. I do either depending on the pattern and my mood. Beads and tubes work well in florals and art deco. They come in such a variety of colors now that beads can be as sparkly or as subtle as you like. Get a spare piece of aida and play with the effects to see what you like.

As it happens I just finished 2 projects where I incorporated beads that were not called for in the original pattern. My daughter did the college internship program at Disney and came back with a piece of mat board with many of the character signatures. I had these old patterns and did both to see which would look best inside the mat. (We decided on the castle, in case you were wondering. And yes, back in the late 80s and early 90s, that is exactly what Cinderella's castle looked like. :wink: ) The castle called for French knots using either the gold or silver metallic threads. I decided to go with corresponding gold or silver beads as doing a French knot with metallic thread is always going to be a hit or miss proposition due the tendency of the metallics to fray. For the Sorcerer's Mickey, the original pattern was for simple cross stitches in both gold and silver. I didn't particularly care for the way that looked, but using gold and silver beads in place of each stitch was too much. I opted to do the gold cross stitches and the straight stitching with the gold thread as indicated on the pattern. But, for the silver cross stitches, I used a clear crystal bead on the silver metallic thread to give sparkle and depth.



Sorry they're still a little messy. I (obviously) haven't washed or blocked them yet. :oops:
Posts: 284
Joined: Tue Jun 28, 2016 10:59 pm

Re: Rule-of-Thumb for using Beads:

by rcperryls » Wed Oct 19, 2016 1:04 pm

:applesauce: :applesauce: They are both beautiful. !!!

O Kitten Tree
Dancing with the Cat
Giraffe Silhouette
Leffet Papillon
mini Moonlight
Little Dreamers Tree
2017 Finishes:
I am My Beloved Sampler
HAED Shiver Meow Timbers
User avatar
Posts: 27648
Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2011 1:36 pm
Location: SC, USA

Re: Rule-of-Thumb for using Beads:

by ecology665 » Fri Oct 21, 2016 8:31 pm

Thanks Everyone for your advice. :D
Disneystitcher, lovely projects and beautiful stitching. :applesauce: Thank You for posting your projects. :wave:
Posts: 275
Joined: Thu Jan 14, 2016 1:38 am
Location: New Jersey

Who is online
Users browsing this forum: Baidu [Spider] and 2 guests