Mixing bead and thread embroidery
To make beaded postcards, I started with some fabric that I painted and foiled, cutting a piece to slightly bigger than 4x6 inches. I backed the fabric with fusible shirt-weight interfacing and also lightly adhered it to a piece of cotton batting.
I decided on a path for the beads and embroidery to follow, and started by adding several passes of embroidered cross stitches along that path, with a different color each pass.
The next step was to add the largest beads, spreading them out and anchoring them well.
The fun really begins when it's time to start adding the seed bead path. The way I do it is to keep making passes back and forth along the path, adding a different color seed bead each time, or more than one pass with the dominant color. Below is a detail shot of the path:
Next week I'll show you how I finish these off in Part Two
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