HNW - beaded mosiacs

Sue Clemenger mooncat at
Thu Aug 31 17:20:32 PDT 2000

I've seen it in nineteenth century pieces, for sure.  Seen some good
articles in _Piecework_ on the topic.  The beads they were recommending
were Delicas, which, IIRC, are noted for their evenness of size.  Also,
I've seen the technique illustrated in the occasional book/article on
counted-thread techniques.  I imagine you'd have to try your beads on
scraps of fabric to arrive at the density of beads you're after.

Betty Herrington wrote:
> Greetings everyone,
> I am new to this list and interested in pursuing a new embroidery medium.
> Can anyone give me advice on using seed beads on aida cloth or evenweave to
> make a full cover beaded mosiac piece?
> I would be a complete beginner on this project but I have been doing cross
> stitch for several decades.
> What size bead for what count of cloth?
> How to make stitch to attach beads?
> Has anyone done anything like this?  I am thinking of doing a Byzantine
> picture of maybe Theodora or Christ. Also I would like to use my charted
> Celtic patterns to do a huge Egyptian-type collar to wear over my court
> tunics, and detachable cuffs.
> Can some cross stitch patterns be used?  I know I cannot do half stitches
> with the beads but some of my knotwork patterns would be suitable.
> Also I am a complete dolt when it comes to even simple mathematics - social
> studies, language, and art are my strong points. Any advice or mathematical
> formulas for changing or adapting sizes in patterns would be much
> appreciated.
> Thanks for any advice.
> THLady Ciard O'Seachnasaigh, scholar, poet-laurate, artisan, illuminator,
> costumer, embroidress
> Ansteorra, Barony of the Steppes (Dallas, TX)
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