Beading on Needlepoint Canvas



Don Lynch’s “basketweave beading” technique (also known as Don Beading) gives your beads a woven look. This is easier than you would think—you work up and down diagonal rows as if you were doing basketweave, but the beads are attached with cross stitches. However, the cross stitch on the “up” rows is created differently than the cross stitch on the “down” rows. This creates the woven look.

You do have to use hex beads to get the full effect.  Make sure that your beads are all the same size.  11/0 or 14/0 beads work best on 18 count.  Also, don't use this in a large area.  The more beads you add, the more difficult it is for them to stay in position.  If you work this in an area more than two inches square, you may start to loose the woven look because the beads wiggle out of position.

In the diagram the Up rows’ cross stitches are created by following the numbering system next to the up arrow. The Down rows are created by following the numbering system next to the down arrow. In the example above, you can see the hole in the middle of the red "bead" is oriented differently than the holes in the blue "beads."  If this is too confusing you can just tent stitch the beads into position but this is a lovely technique I urge you to master.

If you'd like to see how Don explains this technique, check out the Associated Talents' website.  There are many free stitch guides there that use this.  This is just one.
http://www.atneedlepoint.com/Guides/HE-807-GUIDE.pdf


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After I wrote the above, I decided to collect all sorts of beading tips for needlepointers here.  If you are overwhelmed, start with Robin King's tutorials.

Robin King has a wonderful tutorial on beading on her blog.  She covers everything from the type of thread to use to the size needle to how to keep your bead from wiggling by the use of a pin stitch.  What's a pin stitch?  Not to worry—Robin Explains All with diagrams.
http://needlepointstudyhall.blogspot.com/2017/07/stitch-beading-with-robin.html

Then Robin goes on to explain brick stitch beading.
http://needlepointstudyhall.blogspot.com/2017/08/bricked-beading-aka-beaded-brick-stitch.html

Robin's final article on beading talks about messy beading, lasso beading, rows of beads and fringe, plus piggy backing beads to create dots.
http://needlepointstudyhall.blogspot.com/2017/08/beading-wrap-up.html

Beaded Pattern Couching (Robin King)
http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2010/06/beaded-pattern-couching.html

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Louise's Needlework just wrote up a nice tutorial with great diagrams and photos about basketweave beading.
https://media.rainpos.com/530/july_2018_news_blast_final.pdf

Louise's Needlework has a nice article about beads that explains the differences in sizes.
https://media.rainpos.com/530/february_2018_newsletter_final.pdf

Louise's also has a great follow-up article on beading thread types and beading needle sizes.
https://media.rainpos.com/530/april_2018_newsletter_final_copy_20180412185615.pdf

Louise's also has an explanation of backstitch beading, which is perfect for curved lines and lettering.
https://media.rainpos.com/530/may_newsletter_2018_final.pdf

Louise's just added a tutorial on beaded fringe.
https://media.rainpos.com/530/june_2018_news_blast.pdf




BeStitched has released a series of videos about beading needlepoint canvases.  This one explains attaching beads using a tent stitch.  Lisa also explains how you can use a doubled strand of thread to lasso the beads so they don't wiggle.
https://vimeo.com/148740573?inf_contact_key=c127e32d527dbd5c53ffad24fdaecd30

Brick stitch beading is nicely explained by this BeStitched/Needlepoint Flix video.
https://vimeo.com/148684030?inf_contact_key=da23e80e91dfd7565d1a9c61d69286be539b5fb30974cdde7b4f90515d29d63b

This video explains a bead lock which is a way of going through your bead twice before you start attaching it to the canvas so the bead doesn't come loose from the thread.  I think you come up from the back of your canvas first, then do the bead lock, and continue beading as usual.
https://vimeo.com/148698141?inf_contact_key=1f76bce38c5c1f850936a12e3d949c4a

The next video demonstrates using beads and stem stitch to create decorative effects.
https://vimeo.com/236132896?inf_contact_key=b3338fff28f3ccc6a4872b313ab7a7dc

Another video covers using Alternating Continental stitch to create a glass-like effect with a lot of light play.
https://vimeo.com/148674230?inf_contact_key=abe1184559afd5088a17ef0e8d521950

The next used beads to create a Rhodes stitch.
https://vimeo.com/205296408?inf_contact_key=13a41866b8f164d295ecf6143836596d


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Sue stitched three identical charted designs with sunflowers, then used three different techniques to bead the centers.  She has diagrams for each technique, too!  She did messy beading two different ways, then tackled Don Lynch's basketweave beading technique.
https://sudukc.wordpress.com/2019/07/05/the-tale-of-three-sunflower/

Needlepoint.com has an introduction to beading on their website with recommended tools and a short video that shows how to attach beads with a cross stitch.   They've added a secnd video that attaches beads with a tent stitch.  They also have an online class about beading.
https://needlepoint.com/blogs/needlepoint-know-how/just-bead-it?mc_cid=92ea05db80&mc_eid=3a360cb48b

https://needlepoint.com/blogs/needlepoint-know-how/b


If you want a beaded edge for an ornament, Pamela makes it sound easy.
https://hokkaidokudasai.blogspot.com/2014/08/how-to-make-beaded-edging.html


Needle Works in Austin has diagrammed several types of beading styles.  You can see diagrams for brick stitch beading, for stuffing beads inside Flair, for tent stitch beading, for attaching single beads with a cross stitch or a loop, and for basketweave beading.
http://www.stitchinginthetexashillcountry.com/the_needle_works/2017/08/its-all-about-beads.html


Here are more beading tutorials and hints.
http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2011/06/how-to-bead-needlepoint-canvas-part-one.html

http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2011/06/how-to-bead-needlepoint-canvas-part-two.html

http://www.threadneedlestreet.com/Hints.html

https://www.bristlythistle.com/blog/2017/3/2/beading-tips

Do your beads look wrong?  Here's how to fix beading issues.
https://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2017/06/a-bead-problem-analysis-with-potential.html





Size Chart for All Types of Beads
http://www.shipwreckbeads.com/support/docs/SeedBeadTable

http://bergerbeads.net/sizecharts.aspx

Bead sizes for needlepoint canvas
https://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2009/10/bead-sizes-for-needlepoint.html

Another Size Chart for All Types of Beads 
(print out at 100% for the actual size)
http://www.sj-designs.com/images/SJ_Designs_Round_Faux_Pearls_Size_Chart.pdf


General Guide to Beads, Beading Needles and Tools
I never realized the beading needle sizes were coordinated to the size of the beads until I read this.  (By the way, the bead sizing chart that reads "15 (degree)" means 15/0 or 15°.
http://www.nordicneedle.net/guides/stitching-materials-guides/embellishments/

Louise's Needle discusses bead finishes with tips for shading with beads.
https://media.rainpos.com/530/march_2018_news_blast_.pdf


How to Replace One Bead Easily
http://www.amybunger.com/f/0616.pdf


Mary Corbet has collected a list of links to thread-bead or bead brands conversion charts.
https://www.needlenthread.com/2017/08/bead-to-floss-bead-to-bead-conversions-for-stitchers.html


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