Friday, June 17, 2016


I haven't been very productive lately, still coping with the aftermaths of cataract surgery which has been a disappointment.  I'm still hoping that because my body appears to be a slow healer, in time I'll be rewarded with my patience.'s a beading technique you might find fun to incorporate into some of your work.  The following appeared in C & T Publishing's blog, my publisher for well over a decade.  But first, take a look at how this technique was used to add interest to one of my wool felted bowls.

Today Mary Stori, author of the All-in-One Beading Buddy, shares the branched fringe stitch, perfect to use within the body of a quilt or garment and along the edges or bindings. 

Work this method as a single fringe unit, in bunches, or a row.
1. Come up at A, string a length of size 11 seed beads.
2. Pass needle up through next to last bead, B, travel 3 beads and exit at C.

3. String 4 more seed beads, re-enter at D, pass through "branch" and re-enter central stem at E. Repeat to top of original string, varying number of beads and location of side branch.


Norma Schlager said...

Great tutorial! Your beads are the perfect finishing touch on your felted bowl.

Windy Hill Happenings said...

Wonderful as always....I truly love the edges you do on your unique

Judy Warner said...

Hope you are continuing to heal, Mary. Thanks for the beading demo. BTW, I sent my son your Porsche post and he sent us a video of the most amazing car museum the owner of the building has.

Nancy said...

This just invites touch- love the added texture, color, and shine of the beads. Such a rich-looking piece! Hope you make steady progress after the cataract surgery. I'm sure it's discouraging.

Cheryl Rezendes said...

Great texture. I haven't put any beading in my pieces in a long time. But this definitely perks my interest to get those seed beads out!

Thanks for the tutorial.

Gwyned Trefethen said...

Lovely, clear tutorial, Mary. Makes me want to pull out the beads and start playing.
Wishing you all the best as you recover from cataract surgery.

margaret said...

do hope the eyes are soon working well, maybe like me you might still need to wear glasses.
Very clear tutorial and the beading looks good on your felted bowl

quiltedfabricart said...

Excellent tutorial - thank you :-)

I has cataract surgery about 15 years ago on both eyes. They did one at a time and remember the first one being the hardest. They told me to keep the eye shit as much as possible which of course I didn't do and it hurt a lot but then the second eye I did keep shit like they told me and it healed much faster and didn't cause me any pain. After I was able to see better than I ever had in all my life, so for me it was a good thing. I hope it will be for you as well - once you get thru the first month, the rest is gravy.