At the beginning of the month, this small leaf project was begun....which is still under progress.... As work continued last night, I came to a 'teachable moment' that may be of interest to those of who who add beadwork to your pieces. (Guess that means I really do miss teaching workshops!!) You can see the start of this quilt here and on posts dated Oct. 2 & 3rd.
Notice the straight pins?? Three sides of the quilt are attached to the frame using the Q-Snap clips, however clips can not be placed over an already beaded area. The left one in the photo above extends beyond the framework...slightly bothersome when beading but still doable.
Where the fabric doesn't quite reach the frame (lower edge), it's pinned it to a muslin sleeve which is attached to the tube framework.
Got is so far??
Now.....all those preparations above should keep the layers smooth and distortion free when beading. There's one more trick I utilize that allows for trouble-free finishing of the edges.
Beading is stopped about 1" short of the edge of the fabric, backstitching through the last bead. The thread end remains.....once the edge of the quilt is finished, whether with traditional binding or a facing, it's easy to rethread and complete each line or motif. In those cases, I do not travel through all three layers, rather the top two only to avoid visible stitches on the backing.