Hi I’m Christine Leech from Sewyeah craft world. I created this patch idea for the workshops I was running at Kirstie Allsopp´s Handmade Fair in September.
On that day, there was a choice of three patches to make: Heart, Cloud or Lightning Bolt. I have written up and photographed the instructions for the cloud here. Each shape uses basically the same method; the only differences being the shapes themselves.
Along with these written instructions, as you can see below, you can also download the workshop worksheet we used that day, which included a beading guide as well as the templates for the three shapes.
A small embroidery hoop, white felt, an air or water erasable pen, a template, needle, strong thread, 45 5mm Swarovski Bicone beads in 3 colours (15 of each), scissors, & fabric glue (optional).
- Begin by placing the felt inside the embroidery hoop. Print at 100% then cut out the cloud template and draw around it with the erasable pen on the felt.
- Thread your needle, and insert it into the felt at the point marked START on the beading chart. Use either a small knot in the thread on the underside of the felt or secure it with a couple of small stitches.
- Thread five beads onto your needle.
- Then let them fall down the thread till they reach the felt.
- Arrange the beads so they lay flat on the felt along the drawn template line and insert your needle at the point where the last bead ends.
- Bring the needle back up through the felt as close as you can to the previous stitch.
- Repeat steps 3- 6 with more beads.
- Referring to the beading chart, change the colour of the beads when necessary. When beading around a curve on the cloud template add enough beads to lie them flat around the drawn template line and then insert your needle at the point where the cloud curve ends. (the beads will be a bit wobbly but don’t worry. We´ll fix that later on)
- Continue around the outline following the beading guide. Don’t worry if the number of roof beads you use isn’t exactly the same as on the chart, as a few things can affect the size of your project; how you cut out the template, or how neatly you can draw around it. Just make sure you have a few spare beads in case you need to add more.
- When you have sewn all around the outline, overstitch each bead by bringing your needle and thread up and then taking it down between each bead, sewing over the initial thread where the beads are already in place. This will make your stitched beads more secure and if you follow the drawn template line it will help you shape the curves of the clouds.
- Decorate the inside of your cloud with more beads if required.
- Remove your patch from the embroidery hoop. The cutout should leave about a 5 mm edge all around the cloud.
- To further secure the threads, turn your patch over and spread a little fabric glue onto the back, ensuring that all the stitches are covered. You could use the fabric glue to fix your patch to a sweatshirt or tote bag, or alternatively leave it to dry and then stitch in place.
- If you want to sew any beads directly onto your sweatshirt, place the sweatshirt in your embroidery hoop to keep the fabric stretched tort which will help create neater stitchwork.