Beaded Heart Art Wall hanging by iHanna
A beaded heart I made, part of a recent embroidery exhibition.

A Beaded Heart

The reason for this was a heart I sewed many years ago, when I wanted to do a whole series of stuffed embroidered hearts, but never got around to more than one – and that one I gave away (the pink velvet heart). So this stuffed fabric heart was in a box of UFO’s for a long time. Then when I saw it again I decided to finally go ahead and try out one of my ideas: to totally cover it up with beads. And no, I didn’t use any glue.

I sewed each individual tiny glassbead into place by hand. It was a slow process, as all embroidery is, but very very satisfying.

Beading WIP by iHanna

I got to use a lot of beads, which is always nice when there is a material that you have a lot of but feel you are under-utilizing. And then I got to sit with one of the super thin beading needles I bought two years ago and fish for just the right colors to add next to my already stuffed heart. Each little group of beads made the heart shimmer and shine just a little bit more, and oh wow…. Isn’t it just so pretty? I love it. A lot. I like all things that shimmer, but especially if I made it (or own it) and it shimmers especially for me.

Beaded heart in Process;
Beaded heart by iHanna in process work photos

What do you think?

And since it is just a week until Valentine’s Day, my darlings, I am having a little sale on my embroidery workshop Stitch with Heart. It’s about how to make Artist Trading Cards with some mixed media ideas, but one of the cards has beading so you will learn a bit about that if you want to.

Valentine Sale February 6 -15 - get the online mixed media workshop right now

It is usually only 16 USD, but this week (until Sunday February 16th) it’s on sale for only 11 USD! Get it here.