I wanted to share a third example of utilizing straight stitches to add beads or embellish any project. After I completed my previous two blog posts, I thought it would be fun to share a few more since beginners will find using straight stitches very easy to learn.
They also provide many different options for embellishing, one of which I’ve shown above. All of this seam treatment was stitched with straight stitches! The beads just add to the design, don’t you think?
How To Use Straight Stitching To Add Beads
Once again, I used a template to trace V’s above and below my seam which was stitched with a variegated size 8 Perle cotton.
An additional straight stitch was added to connect which was overlaid with a straight stitch of Kreinik 1/16 inch metallic ribbon. Any flat thread would work such as Neon Rays.
A silver cup bead was added to the centre stitched in place with a seed bead. The points of the V’s were embellished with four gold beads and a square coloured bead. It adds a nice touch but is very easy to do.
If you didn’t have silver cup beads, try using very small buttons. You can always find a selection of buttons at thrift stores and if not, try Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. When choosing your seed beads, opt for coloured beads that contrast with the thread chosen in your seam treatment. In this case, I could have used green or aqua beads in darker shades.
I have one more straight stitch sample to share next month! Keep your eyes peeled for more.