Intuitive Beading: Bead Stitch Sampler Finished

My recent class with Lisa Yoder inspired me to finally finish the bead stitch sampler book I started in 2014. I had stopped because I’d reached a fussy stage where I need to fuse fabrics together to make the cover and I couldn’t be bothered. Now that the itch to bead was back, it was easy to get the cover ready and finish the project.

In the instructions in First-Time Beading on Fabric: Learning to Bead in Nine Easy Lessons, Liz Kettle suggests “intuitive beading” on the cover: doing one thing at a time without planning ahead. I dove in and made up my designs as I went. It was incredibly satisfying and even the things I wasn’t sure about worked out fine in the end.

The front cover of my beading sampler book (3.25 x 4.5 inches)
The back cover of my beading sampler book (3.25 x 4.5 inches)

As I worked, I looked in my sampler to get ideas for things to put on the cover. The fringe on the spine, while a bit of a challenge to add since it gets sewn on after the book is assembled, gave me an opportunity to break out lots of novelty beads I’d been waiting to use.


Overall, the whole project was great fun, a wonderful excuse to use a variety of stitches and beads just because I wanted to. Now that it’s finished, I’ve realized the other benefit to making this sampler beyond the obvious one of learning and practice: it was something I could bead to death. I’d like to do some more beading soon, but I will have to come up with a project. While I don’t want to make another sampler, this was a great way to learn while having an excuse to bead like a fiend.


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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

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