I prefer Japanese seed beads in varies
sizes. Most of my work is with size 11 and
use size 15 for the fine detail and to decrease
my peyote stitch around my focal. Size 8
and bugles will also add a nice texture to your
work. I do like using size 8 charlotte
cuts beads that come from czech republic for
some of my bead embroidery which adds some
sparkle. Bubble beads are a most on all projects
Of course I love SHELLS! Being the Mermaid I
am. In Raised Texture beading the focal doesn't
need to be perfect shaped. The more odd
shaped it is works better for it will give the
movement and interest in your piece which allows
you to design around it. It is easier if
it has a hole, but not necessary. I personally
find it a great challenge to secure my focal
down with beading only...meaning no glue.
Whether you are using shells,
pearls, glass or stone try to find interesting
shapes and sizes. In Raised Texture Beading it
is important not to be to uniformed to create
the texture needed to make your piece come to
There are times you may want to
use uniform shapes and sizes depending on your
design. Australian crystal will give
your piece some sparkle and bling. I do use lots
of crystals in my pieces.
I back all my pieces with a pig
skin leather which comes in beautiful
colors. I prefer the feeling of reel
leather and pig skin is soft enough that it can
be stitched through. Others may prefer to
us ultra-suede which works fine and is a bit
easier to stitch through.
I like using unique and good
quality in sterling silver or gold filled clasp.
My favorite is a slide clasp for my bracelets
and toggles for my necklaces.
This silk is a nice canvas for beading . it
is fairly new to the beading world and I use it
in my Wrist Wraps, Barbie, Nautilus shell and
Button Box Jewelry workshops and other kits. The
colors, texture, waviness and flow is perfect
for beading upon. It is hand dyed in the
USA and is quite the art in it self. I
have a great appreciation for the ones that
create this beautiful silk for us to bead upon.
Vintage Velvet and Lace
I have used some embossed vintage velvet and
different types of vintage lace in me designs
this years. Something fun and different
with a very Victorian flare.