Beaded Initial

Gwen Frazier 2005

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I made this beaded initial on a Bead Round Robin block owned by Barbara Blankenship. I have always used the tissue paper transfer method for thread embroidery on any Crazy Quilt block that I have ever done and have always had good luck and decided to try it with beading. The steps are below!

  • Step 1: In a Word document try different fonts and sizes until you are happy with the size and the style of the letter you are making. The Font for this B on this block is English 157 BT and the font size is 225. Print this out on paper and then trace onto tissue paper with a light box or at a sunny window.
  • Step 2: Trim the tissue paper to a workable size including about 1 extra all the way around.
  • Step 3: Baste the tissue to the block positioning it in the proper space.
  • Step 4: Bead over the tissue paper using a sharp needle and Sylamide beading thread. I used size 11 seed beads in this example, but Delicas would work for smaller initials.
  • Step 5: Carefully pull away tissue paper in small pieces. I use tweezers to get the small pieces out from under the beads.
Finished initial
  • This is a picture of the completed block showcasing this beaded initial.
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