Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Module 3 - Chapter 8 - Beaded Sampler

As a background to my beaded sampler I used dyed linen fabric backed with muslin. This was then stretched into a wooden frame for support whilst stitching.


 From left to right, from the top, an edging row of seed beads; alternating seed beads, and round green beads; an edging of clustered pink seed beads (inspired by Jenny Marty's beautiful bracelet); pink round beads oversewn with pink cotton thread; towers made up of a seed bead, on top of a sequin, on top of a vertical bugle bead, on top of a square bead; a green circular paperclip couched with pink thread, surrounded by mini sequins & bugle beads; matchsticks trapped under red sweetie wrapper.

 ...alternating seed beads, and round green beads; alternating pink seed beads & red bugle beads; and edging row of green bugle beads threaded either side of a lime green beed; spiralled curtain hooks decorated with green seed beads; 2 lines using more than one type of bead; a compact area using more than one type of bead; a pattern made with tile spacers stitched with metallic thread and decorated with a bead at the intersection; alternating groups of beads and sequins threaded in groups as an edging.

 ... a sequence of red beads & bugle beads threaded in groups of 3; small painted seeds (from a tree in India) held down with knotted thread; 4 cowrie shells (inspired by a Kalashi headdress belonging to Angela Thompson's collection) edged with 4 small sequins held down with long legged detaiched chain stitch; a large group of sequins threaded either side of a large pink bead and stitched down to form an edging; painted tap washers trapped loosely under green dyed plasterers scrim; a pattern of square glass beads held down with a cross stitch alternated with round plastic children's beads.

... a random selection of buttons piled on top of eachother; rows of sequins each threaded onto one long length of yarn; a random selection of lightly spinkled beads, including shisha glass stitched down with embroidery thread; bugle beads held down in groups of 2 with a cross stitch and forming a basketwork pattern; large beads stitched down in groups of 3 to form an edgining.

 The bottom of the main panel is edged with double rows of random coloured seed beads.


The pieced bottom section (inspired by Module 1) is held on with beaded safety pins (inspired by a visit to the Zandra Rhodes exhibition); the chain (inspired by the Angela Thompson headdress, and also synonymous with Birmingham) is held down with clusters of green seed beads; bottom row from left to right; a fringe of large random pink beads & sequins; rows of green seed beads & bugle beads forming a pattern, with occasional beaded loops at the bottom; seed beads and bugle beads in a fringe decorated with bells (inspired by the Angela Thompson headdress) a lattice pattern of pink seed beads made by catching a bead from the previous row.

In June this year, Angela Thompson visited our local embroidery group with a collection of emroidered garments that she had collected on her travels around the world.
Amongst her collection was this headdress worn by the Kalash women, a tribe found in the Chitral Valley on the Pakistan/Afghan border.
The Kalasha people are a peace loving pagan tribe living in remote villages and renowned for their blue eyes and fair skin. They are said to be descendants of Alexander the Great.
I was inspired by the use of shells, bells, buttons and chains amongst the beads on the headdress and felt this would be a useful reference for my beaded sampler!

kalash 1

kalash 2

kalash 3

kalash 4


  1. Just lovely Julia - I am so looking forward to this Chapter.

  2. Fabulous sampler Julia! You have been so inventive and imaginative in your samples. I particularly like the pink curtain hooks!