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

NEW! 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

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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


ANG has two good articles about beading on their website.  (These appear to be unavailable now as ANG transitions to a new website.)
http://www.needlepoint.org/Archives/StitchingBeadsontoCanvas/index.php

http://www.needlepoint.org/StitchOfTheMonth/2006/oct.php


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


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


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


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



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

http://bergerbeads.net/sizecharts.aspx

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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