January 18, 2017
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...
May 29, 2022
This month, Island Cove is featuring the Herringbone stitch. A geometric, versatile pattern for using different sizes and shapes of beads to create beautiful beaded jewelry!
Named after the backbone of the Herring fish, the 2 bead pattern creates a shape like a “v” similar to a chevron but not the same, and is then...
November 27, 2021
October 31, 2021
Dominoes inspire artist Susan Sudnik, an instructor at Island Cove Beads in Indian Rocks Beach, FL, to create whimsical holiday-themed dolls.
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