Add color, dimension and maybe a little bling to your fabric with beads! With the beaded back stitch, you can embellish a straight or curved line and keep your beads attached securely. The beaded back stitch is the most basic way to stitch beads on fabric and is a versatile choice to embroider beads on fabric because of its ability to follow any design line. You can use one bead for a continuous beaded line, or vary the beads for more visual interest. You will need a foundation or bead backing to stabilize most projects. Use the motifs printed on commercial fabric as stitching patterns or draw an original design for bead embroidery.
The beaded back stitch is a versatile choice to embroider beads on fabric because of its ability to follow any design line. It can be used for long lines of beads and because you back stitch through the beads, it is very secure, holding the beads tightly to your base fabric. This stitch easily goes around curves, but is perfect for straight lines, too!
There are variations on the beaded back stitch based on how many beads you back stitch through. Here’s how to back stitch using the 2-bead back stitch on fabric with bead embroidery. The name means that because you add 2 beads at a time. Other varieties include 3, 4 and 5-bead back stitch.
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