Jane's Jottings

Bead Heaven in Cornwall

I have just returned from a visit to GJ Beads in Hayle, Cornwall where I selected a range of seed beads for designing purposes. I am planning a range of counted beads kits for the Cross Stitch Guild as soon as I can get the designs drawn and charted. Keep an eye on the CSG web site as I will let you have previews on Facebook as soon as I can.

Gill and Jane at GJ Beads

The Warehouse! OMG!

I had to limit myself to the size and type of bead that is suitable for 28-count linen and 14-count Aida otherwise I would have been there all day! Jill takes classes at her studio and also has invited Tutors to come and offer courses. I noticed that Heather Kingsley Heath had a weekend event planned for the end of March so check your diaries!

Bead Soup – What a good idea!

Matsuno size 11 Seed Beads

This is the most likely range of seed beads used in counted embroidery in the UK. The beads are the right size to take the place of a cross stitch when worked on 28-count linen. You can use these beads on 14-count Aida fabric but they will not lie as neatly as the do on linen. This CSG diagram shows how the bead sits on the fabric when worked on linen- there is actually a small dent in the material whereas this does not apply with Aida material. The beads will tend to wobble a bit more on Aida.

Hemstitch Flowers

If you alter the type and thread count of your fabric you will have to reconsider the bead size used unless the beads are added at random as I have in this project – Antique Stitches – Hemstitch Flowers.  This project has individual seed beads added at random using a “sharp” needle and a half cross stitch. This project is available from the CSG Web site……..

Date posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Comments (2)

Really looking forward to seeing your new designs

Comment by Trudi Lee on Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Thank you Trudi,
Where does the time go?

Comment by fowlerjane on Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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