Hello, Blog. It’s been a while. But enough reminiscing. On to the crafting!
In honour of the holiday season, I wanted to create something sparkly. Inspired by this J.Crew shirt, and armed with my new bead weaving skills, I decided to make my own. To make a woven bead accent for a shirt pocket, you only need a few materials.
First thing is to set up a weaving loom. This DIY tutorialis what I used to learn how to bead on a loom. I highly recommend giving it a read-through before starting your own bead weaving. We don’t want a needle in the eye or some seed beads where they don’t belong, now do we?
The threads that run the length of your piece are called “warps.” I used 8 warps for 14 beads each row (2 beads in each space). Depending on how much of your pocket you would like your piece to cover, you can use more or less warps.
*NOTE: I like to use a synthetic upholstery thread found at any fabric store. It’s sturdy and melts to finish knots and ends when weaving. This will come in handy.
After you have your loom set up, space the warps evenly and wide enough to fit two beads in each space. Cut another piece of thread, around a metre or so, and thread it onto your beading needle. Slip 14 beads onto your needle and align the beads in the spaces between warps on the underside. Press the beads up so the warps fit snugly between the beads. Hold them in place with your thumb and pull the needle through so the beads stay in place.
Bring the thread to the front side and slide the needle through all 14 beads. Be sure that the beads stay between the warps and that the needle passes OVER the warps. Pull everything tight and push the beads to the top of your loom. You’ve just completed the first row! Continue this back and forth weaving until your piece reaches the desired length.
Now that you are done, weave every other warp back into the work. You should be left with 4 warps on each side (see left side of the woven piece). Use the lighter to melt down any trimmed ends.
Place your woven piece over the shirt pocket. Using your sewing needle and the excess thread from your warps, sew the bead piece in place, making sure to sew all along the edges. I used a simple running stitch and, to finish, back stitched each thread and melted the trimmed end.
And there you have it! I added a few more beads along the stitching on my shirt, but any other embellishments I leave in your capable, crafty hands.