Up Your Bead Embroidery Game with new Shibori Silk

January 18, 2017

Up Your Bead Embroidery Game with new Shibori Silk

The long, rich cultural history of bead embroidery

If you think bead embroidery is trending this year, you're correct. But it's not a "new" trend at all. According to Sewing Mantra blog, "The earliest samples of handmade embroidery are available from ancient Egypt, Persia, China, India, Russia and England. Each country portrayed its own distinctive style in designs based on its culture, history and traditions."

Our resident bead embroidery expert, Jerri Heer, explains her love of bead embroidery: 

"I learned bead embroidery as an alternative to bezelling cabs in silver, more portable, less expensive. Once I got started, I discovered a whole new world of color coordination and creativity was possible."

Island Cove owner Colleen Ewart's bead embroidery experience spans two decades: 

"I learned bead embroidery 20 years ago from a women who had Native American roots, it seemed very comfortable for me as it was similar to sewing. I rediscovered it again when Jerri taught me to bead embroider around cabochons and my love of this medium was reawakened. I like the infinite choices of color and texture that you can achieve with seed beads and fabric, it's kind of like painting a picture with beads!

Still looking for inspiration? Dreaming of what you might want to create using the bead embroidery technique? Read on...

New at Island Cove - gorgeous Shibori Silk ribbon - takes your bead embroidery projects to the next level

  • Colleen and Sue have ordered a suite of exquisite Shibori Silk ribbons - several shades to choose from.
  • Shibori Silk ribbons are hand-dyed and feature mini-pleats, adding sumptuous texture and dimension to your designs.
  • The silken strands come in 1-foot pieces at just $8.00 per ribbon.
Sign up for the Basic Bead Embroidery Sampler class to start learning this technique.




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