Monday, April 16, 2012

Thank You

Thank you so much to my followers for your words of kindness and encouragement on my Peacock project. I am nearing the end. I just have the beads to do at this point. I have chosen to use gold petite beads on the chest of the Peacock instead of french knots (don't get me started on french knots).

My biggest challenge now is sewing on the beads at the ends of the backstitch metallic hairs. There's nothing to tie them into and I don't want to tie them into the backstitch because the beads get loose. Soooooo... I am pulling out the old loop start. This is very challenging with the beading needle I am using. If anyone knows of a loop start in one thread I would be happy to hear about it :-)

No more pictures until it's done now


SoCal Debbie said...

I would love to figure out how to do a loop start with one thread too! Good luck with your beading. Can't wait to see more peacock photos!

Chris McGuire said...

So here's how I did the beading. I used a standard loop start using one thread folded in half. I used a beading needle, (which was tough to thread) I secured the bead with a half-stitch. I then tied off to the nearest cross stitch. If the nearest stitch was a backstitch, I would actually wind the thread around and through the backstitch until it reached the cross stitches and tie in there. While many of the beads are technically confetti, all are within 2 stitches of at least a backstitch. If these were true confetti beads with no stitches around them, I would have used a full cross-stitch with the bead being secured by the second half of that cross-stitch. This would have left me enough stitches under the bead to secure the end. If this was the case, I would have reconsidered my decision to use thread the same color as the bead and possibly gone with the background color.

I don't know if this is the best way to do confetti beads but it worked for me.

SoCal Debbie said...

Chris, I don't know if this helps with the beading or not, but I just found this link on another blog about starting and ending stitches from the front, so you don't have to flip the project over. It works for double or single threads.