When I met up with friends Clare and Judith recently, I made each of them a little quaker scissor fob. Here you can see the front of Clare's and the back of Judith's.
I edged them with beads and backed them with a teal silk dupion. I used a variegated thread but I can't, for the life of me, remember its name.
This you have seen before.
Well not quite this, but a variation thereof.
I made one as a gift and liked it so much I made one for me too. It is easily recognisable as La-D-Da's freebie Alphabet with Hare. It is stitched over one on 28 count using for the alphabet Crescent Colours 'Smoke' with is a lovely faded blue/black ink colour. I used stash colours for the rest and highlighted my initial in red.
This is the back, a small floral design and you can just see the edging - a red bead added every third stitch. I deliberately tried to show the hanger too as I am going to try to explain how to make one in case you don't know how and would like to have a go.
I think this is La-D-Da too, but I am old and the memory is fading fast.
The wine doesn't help!
Again stitched over one with a brown variegated thread which I can't find now.
Why am I writing this blog when I am obviously incapable of giving any useful information?
Anyway this is the back, again showing the bead hanger.
Now - shall I have a go at explaining the bead hanger?
OK - bear with me as I have no pics but it really is very easy and gives a more substantial look than a single bead thread.
Finish your hanger as you would like and close the sides.
I tend to start and finish stitching at a top corner so that I am in position for the hanger bit.
I always use a beading thread such as Nimo for stitching together as it is much stronger, doesn't fray so easily and is available in lots of colours.
Secure your thread at the corner, whether you are ending the side stitching or beginning with a new length of thread.
Then just thread on a single row of beads to the length you want and secure invisibly at the other top corner. Don't have this string of beads too tight as you are going to go back through them and you need a little bit of space to do this. Not too much though!
Then, you go back through the first bead ( number 1 - this is the last bead you threaded before securing the thread).
Add a new bead to your thread.
Miss out a bead (number 2) on the original string then thread back again through bead number 3.
Add a new bead.
Miss out bead number 4 on your original thread then go back again through bead number 5.
Add a new bead.
Miss out bead number 6 on your original thread then go again through bead number 7.
Add a new bead.
So you just keep going like this until you reach the beginning corner where you secure your thread invisibly.
The new beads you add on the way back lay beside, rather than on top of, the bead you missed out when threading back. You made need to push them gently into place as you go.
You can thread through 2 or 3 beads before adding a new bead to give a slightly different, more open effect. On both the ornaments shown I threaded through through 2 beads and then added a new.
I probably should have explained this with pictures, and if it really makes no sense at all to you, I'll get the camera out again and have another go. Sigh!
I hope that wherever you are, your weather is a bit better than ours in the UK at the moment.
Love Irene xxx