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Beaded Snowflake Coaster Demonstration Using the Beaded Half Cross Stitch Technique on Tapestry Canvas

My mother has been using the beaded half cross stitch technique to make pictures, handbags and shoe vamps for many years.  She uses cross stitch aida cloth - which kind depends on the size of the beads - they have to fit within the space demarcated by the four holes. The bead is picked up and sewn with the thread going into the diagonal holes.

Recently, Mathew of Bead Spider in UK shared this demonstration on how to make really lovely snowflakes using the same technique but on tapestry or needlepoint canvas.  He calls it the arazzo method. Arrazo is Italian for tapestry. 

There are more holes in the tapestry canvas he used than there are in aida cloth. So Mathew shows which holes to use in order to secure the beads. This type of canvas also comes in different mesh sizes so the right one needs to be chosen for the beads on hand. 

Mathew does not show how to finish the coasters but his have a felt backing and interfacing - something like Pellon interfacing. Perhaps Thermolam?

H/T Aims of BigBlueBarnDesigns and Wayne Wiley.

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  1. As a jewelry designer, I really don't like to do beading. But I sure enjoy watching others do it. There are so many techniques, we can't do them all but can appreciate others that do. Beautiful! Bev Carlson

    1. You are so right - we can't do them all. Beadwork is something I enjoyed but rarely indulge these days due to my time crunch!

  2. Hi Pearl, Thank you so much for sharing this technique in your blog today.
    I used to cross stitch all the time and then the bead weaving bug bit me.
    I am going to try this for sure.
    Happy Holidays!

    1. Enjoy this new to you technique! And Happy Holidays to you and everyone else too.

  3. As you know Pearl I don't do this type of beadwork at all but I'm always intrigued by the techniques and captivated by all the design variables. I'm sure people who do this type of work will be proud to have these coasters sitting out during the holidays.

  4. well now isn't that pretty, and clever! thanks for sharing.


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