Bead embroidery adds spark to your fiber art’s surface design as well as taking center stage in bead embroidered jewelry. No matter the end game for your bead embroidery, you want to keep the beads in place. After all, you want your work to last a long time. Starting with the best bead embroidery tools means a beautiful and lasting result, as well as a fun beading experience!
Native American bead embroidery is also called appliqué beadwork, a traditional craft found in clothing and accessories.
What do you need for bead embroidery?
We’ve rounded up our favorite tools below, and of course, you’ll need beads! To start, use size 10 or 12 beads, when you get comfortable with the techniques, you can go smaller! Here is our tutorial on how to bead embroider.
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What beads are best for embroidery?
For bead embroidery, you can use pretty much any bead you’d like! Seed beads are the most popular since they are easy to find in a broad variety of colors. Other beads that help add visual interest and texture to your project are crystal beads for some bling and shine, freshwater pearls to add an elegant look, bugle beads can create lines, Delicas are uniform and have a broad range of colors, pressed glass beads come in a large variety of shapes and colors and more! Pick what you like and make it work! Most of all, have fun!
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