Bead Embroidery

blue_winged_collarBead Embroidery is a technique of beading that involves creating a design on fabric.  Sometimes the design may be free-form without a pattern but just a vision in mind.  At other times it may be a design that has been drawn on the base of piece you are working on.  It is a longer process for beading, as the beads are stitched on a few at a time, but the beautiful finished piece makes it very fulfilling.
 
Three basic methods may be used to embroider with beads: individual beads may be sewn directly onto fabric, or several beads may be run through a needle before running through the backing, or else a line of threaded beads may be laid upon a fabric and secured with couching stitches.[1]