Online Course: Bead It Like You Mean It part 2

I’ve been hard at work putting together a new course for my fellow bead-a-holics.



EXPAND YOUR CREATIVITY as Lyric Kinard takes you beyond the basics of bead embroidery. Build on what you learned in Bead It Like You Mean It pt. 1 and learn new dimensional beading techniques that jump right off the surface. Wrap cords or walk a line of seeds over a bugle bead bridge. Try out a beautiful Gourd stitch to attach a cabochon or go right over the edge as you add beaded borders to your cloth. Loop your stacks or turn them into crazy twisted or banged fringes.

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Lesson 1: The Beaded Edge

materials and preparation
dotted edge
beaded blanket stitch
picot edge (two layer beaded edge)
bead wrapped corded edge

Lesson 2: Funky Stacks & Fringes

looped stacks
matting and framing your work
branched stacks or fringes
spiral stack or fringes

Lesson 3: Dimesnsional Bead Embroidery

bead wrapped couched cord
flat beaded belt
standing bugles go wild

Lesson 4: Beaded Bezel

gourd on the ground beaded bezel

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getting ready to film: a beaded jungle

Yet another day where a project got out of hand.

What began with this…kinard_beaded_jungle1

ended up going here.Kinard_beaded_jungle2

This keeps happening. It’s not necessarily a bad thing – just kind of funny when I am in the middle of a time crunch. What is it about a deadline that makes a project want to go insanely complex instead of keeping it as simple as possible?Kinard_beaded_jungle3

Preparing to film: decisions, decisions

One great thing about digital photography is that it can be used as a tool for making design choices. Lyric_Kinard_beaded_art1I will take pictures of variations of work (beads are especially amenable to this process) and then look at them all together before making a final decision.

Lyric_Kinard_beaded_art2Should my points face in or out?Lyric_Kinard_beaded_art5Should I use the chicklet shaped beads or the lozenges?Lyric_Kinard_beaded_art6Exactly how fancy do I want to get here?
See? One look at all of these next to each other and I know exactly which option I like the best! I’m laughing at myself – at how much I hate taking the time to be perfectly accurate while I’m piecing or cutting, but how I get very detail oriented when beading.

welcome Quilting Arts holiday blog hoppers!

Can you believe it’s autumn already?

I blinked and summer flew by. Before I know it the cold and the holiday season will be here.
It’s got me thinking.
(uh oh – that’s always dangerous!)
beaded_snowflakes2_lyric_kinardSo many people get stressed out about the holidays but it’s my favorite. Believe it or not it’s one of my slowest and most relaxed times of the year. I’ve worked hard to make it that way. I don’t travel and I won’t take on deadlines from Thanskgiving until mid January. My husband and I did something years ago that has made a huge difference for our family. We sat down together and figured out what parts of the holidays we loved and what parts made us crazy.

love_every_momentFor us it is family time, service, and music that bring joy. We absolutely love Christmas and concerts (we play in and go to as m any as we can fit in) and the trees and decorations on the homes and especially the joyfulness of giving – but the commercial aspect of giving has turned us off. Shopping went waaaaaaaaaay down to the bottom of the list. So we decided not to shop. Since they were born our children have only ever received one “Santa” gift and a few small things to fit in their stockings on Christmas morning. The kids know to only ask for one thing and have never come up with long lists of items they are craving. Instead, they come with us for the service projects we take on. They do the shopping with us for the giving tree at school and help us go all-out to help other families. Their favorite thing to do is dressing up like spies (all in black) and doing the ring-and-run-gift-basket-drop on someone’s doorstep. And no – we are not the angelic perfect family you are imagining… we’ve had our full share of whiny toddlers and surly teenagers at all of these events. Getting them to participate in all the things we love isn’t easy. What has amazingly and surprisingly worked is that nobody has yet thrown any fits about what stingy parents we are. At least not where we could hear it. 🙂

beaded_snowflakes6_lyric_kinardAs they have gotten old enough we also MAKE STUFF! We live in the usually temperate mid-atlantic region of the United States where we rarely see snow so often we will have a full day of snowflake cutting and every window of the house will be full of intricate paper beauties. And of course because I am a textile artist and just happen to have, oh, five hundred thousand yards of cloth in the house, we often make things from fabric. My two youngest (I have five!) have been begging me to do some more screen printing with them so this year I do believe we will be printing snowflakes as well.

beaded_snowflakes4_lyric_kinardIt works out wonderfully well as that just happens to be the project that I’ve shared with you all in this year’s Quilting Arts Holiday magazine. Convenient eh? We might even get as far as beading the snowflakes – the kids are perfectly capable of doing it so long as nobody requires perfection. (We definitely don’t do perfection at our house!!!) 

Lyric_kinard_QA_holiday_magazine_2014In the magazine I describe how to use the screens (there are also video tutorials available here on my website) and some basic beading techniques. (You can see lots more beading instruction on my DVD, Bead It Like You Mean It.)

QAHol14 coverYou can find the issue HERE. It is chock full of other fabulous projects for you to create.

And here is a gift for YOU!
I will be shipping out a copy of the magazine to one lucky reader who leaves a comment here. (If you are an international reader please only enter if you are willing to pitch in on shipping costs.)

Leave a comment here telling me your favorite thing about the holiday season.

Really think about it.
What do you love and what stresses you out.
Find a way to eliminate or minimize at least one thing that gets in the way of what you love about the holidays.

update – congratulations to Lauren MacDonald for winning a copy of the magazine!
Thank you all for your thoughtful comments!

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And…. if you want to create your own sweet little beaded snowflake ornaments you can purchase a kit from Interweave here.

It contains all the beads you will need, beading thread and needle, and two 5″ snowflake thermofax screens. Can’t you just see this with blue snowflakes on a white background? I might need to go make some more.

beaded_snowflakes1_lyric_kinard_And just in case you love these four sweet little snowflakes they are available for purchase.
Four printed, stitched, and beaded snowflakes. Framed at 6.25″ x 6.25″ each.
$210.00 includes shipping.
Please e-mail  me if you are interested.

work in progress: cabochons

a week of travelpoymer_cabochons_lyric_kinard3

the first week of school and a week of book keeping and accountingpoymer_cabochons_lyric_kinard14

a week of work for the PTApoymer_cabochons_lyric_kinard1

I needed some time to playpoymer_cabochons_lyric_kinard2

These are polymer clay cabochons and faces. I suppose I could drill holes in some of them and call them beads but that hasn’t happened yet. Since these are meant for sewing on cloth and adding a beaded bezel (which you can learn to do in my Bead It Like You Mean It DVD) I added a rim around many of the cabochons. They still need a little polishing and perhaps varnish but it was fun to get my hands into something.

student spotlight: picture it framed

Some of my classes get taught all the time, some only occasionally. Picture It Framed is a class that is seldom chosen by guilds and I had completely forgotten how much fun it is!

Lisa_DodsonLisa Dodson

The Illini Country Stitchers are a happy and fabulous group of women who were a blast to have in class! Maggie_SzafranskiMaggie Szfranski

We spent the morning learning beading techniques and creating a small art quilt then painted gallery wrapped canvases to mount them on. DiannePedersenDianne Pedersen

I also demonstrated a whole bunch of different framing and mounting methods. IMG_0223

Tutorial Redux – Beaded Fringe (and another giveaway)

I thought I’d share this tutorial with you again since it goes along with the last post. this isn’t the same instructions that are in the book but it does involve gadget cases.

Isn’t it funny how quickly tech gadgets are outdated!? I sent in these little cases for Quilting Arts Magazine for the “Glam-To-Go for Gadgets” article. They didn’t use the case I actually spent the most time making – no worries. It’s perfect for showing you one of my favorite techniques to play with – beaded fringes!


  • Something to add fringe to: gadget case, scarf, your husbands favorite necktie. In any case it will need to have enough “oomph” to support the fringe. In this instance, the fringe will be supported by the satin stitched bottom edge of the case. For a scarf I like to add a tiny bit of cording or seam tape or ribbon (depending on the weight of the scarf) inside of a rolled hem.
  • Beading thread (I love Nymo) and a beading needle (or a size 11 applique needle.)
  • Seed beads and other larger beads. Make sure the holes in the larger beads are not so big that the seed beads sink into them. If they are you’ll need to put medium beads next to the large holed beads.

1 – Make your knot. Thread your needle, bring it in through the case and out on the edge of the satin stitching. Leave the tail of the thread hanging out. Wrap the thread (not the tail end) three times around the tip of the needle, hold the wrap with your thumb and pull the needle through. You should have a secure knot now. I often make at least one more knot in close to the same place just to be extra secure.

2 – Load your beads onto the needle. Add seed beads until your fringe is about as long as you wish it to be then add your bigger bead and one more seed bead. The seed bead on the end is your anchor. Slide all of the beads to the end of the thread.

3 – Anchor your fringe. This is the only tricky part – and it really isn’t hard. Slide that last seed bead away from the line of beads then send your needle right back through your whole line of beads. I find it easiest to do if I bend the line of beads over my finger, holding the thread taut. This lines up the beads in a row and holds the thread tight along the bottom of each hole. That way you have room to get the needle back up through the whole line.

4 – You might not be able to get the needle all the way through your line of beads in one shot. No worries. Just do it a bit at a time, holding that thread taught to it easier to slide the needle through.

5 – Push your needle into the satin stitching, right under your fringe and come out where you want the next fringe to start. Continue adding fringe until you think you’re done. Notice here that my fringe isn’t the same – I like it funky. Sometimes my big bead is in the middle, sometimes there are more seed beads on the end than just one anchor. Mix it up and make it fun. (And yes, I am an artist and my cuticles and nails ALWAYS look that bad!)

6 – Make a knot right next to the last fringe in the same way you did at the beginning. In fact, make two knots. Come to think of it, make a knot and just keep going (not starting with a new thread each time) every three or four fringes just to be safe. I truly dislike the sound of a million tiny beads scattering across the floor as my child yanks on my fringes. At the end, after your last knot, send your needle up through the satin stitching and come out anywhere. Trim the tail off and you’re done.

Hope you enjoyed it! Go add some beady fringe to something! They make wonderful swishing noises as they move and swing around. If DVD’s are easier for you to learn with you can find this and a lot more on my instructional DVD:

Bead It Like You Mean It!
200.BI.coverAnd now for a little surprise.

photo 1-7Anybody want it? Anybody out there still use an ipod classic? My daughter has my old one but isn’t interested in this case.

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You could get creative and fill in the holes with beaded cloth of your own. Who knows.

Leave a comment here telling me what you would do with this lovely little beaded thing. 

This giveaway IS open to International readers – I’ll draw the winner next Monday. (tell your friends to stop by and leave a comment too!)

Congratulations! go to Manuella – the winner of Ann Fahl’s Applique booklet. She says “I love Ann as an artist and admire her work. I am on a learning journey and haven’t found my favorite technique till now. I am open to every new techique to learn and would be very happy about this book.”

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