Sewing beads are a basic building block in almost all patterns, from home to professional. They offer infinite potential when placed together correctly. Sewing beads are made of plastic or other polymer compound and then attached either permanently or semi-permanently to a thin thread, like cotton or wool. Sewing beads are woven tightly on a mandrel or other frame to create the fabric for a tapestry, scarf, or dress. This article will introduce the fundamentals of fabric construction and detailing using sewing bead trim.
The term thread is often used interchangeably with fiber. Thread is any small spiral-shaped unit that is used to make the fabric close fitting. In addition to being used in a thread, the term is also used to describe the material used. The term cloth may be used to describe the fabric without the threads, such as a sheer coverlet. However, threads and cloth are not the same.
Trim refers to the part of the fabric where the fabric is cut. Sewing trims are essential to get a tight, even weave through the fabric. There are two types of stitch used. The first type of stitch is known as the simplex and is usually described by the number of stitches used to make the fabric. A trimmer is used to cut the fabric. The fabric is then sewn along the exposed seams. Each side of the fabric is turned right-side out, and the work is turned back inside out.
There are many different types of beads used in beading. The most popular ones are the eyelets, the barometer, and the rodding. Eyelets are small beads that line the bottom edge of the fabric. Barometer beads are larger, rounded beads that sit atop of the eyelets. They are used to give a smooth, even texture to the fabric. Finally, the rodding are tiny pieces of metal that protrude from the ends of the eyelets.
Beading threads come in a wide variety of colors and textures. Most commonly they are made of gold, but can also be found in silver, bronze, and other metals as well. The threads used for beading are almost always coated with brass paint. The paint has a shiny reflective surface that allows the threads to be seen even when the lighting is poor.
Sewing beading trims are crucial to creating quality fabric pieces. If the threads are not evenly spaced, or if any two threads are positioned differently, the finished product will look unnatural. Sewing and beading together are a creative and rewarding experience. It can be intimidating for beginners, but with the right tools and guidance, the process can be simple and enjoyable.