How to Stitch a BeadlePoint Cell Phone Case

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Designer: Megan Milliken
In this video, learn the basic technique for completing Beadle Point beaded cell phone cases. This simple technique has a beautiful completed look.
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Hi this is Megan with Beadaholique.com and today I'm going to show you how to use at Beadle Point stitchable iPhone case and it's going to come in a package like this and they come in quite a few different colors and they look like this and they're flexible and they have a mesh on them what you can do is just like needlepoint which is done with yarn on canvas you can stitch onto these but in this one beadle point, you're going to use a bead in each stitch and it's going to end up you can see on the back here that it's completely stitched in this does take a long time I'll give you that warning ahead of time it is quite an undertaking but it gives you this really nice intricate amazing texture and really fun look to it so we do have a pattern booklet that is going to come already with all the patterns in it mine's been kind of cut up yours will not be in pieces like mine is as you can see this is what one of the patterns look like so you can kind of choose if you want to choose similar colors to the ones they've used or if you want to change the colors to different ones I've followed in the pattern booklet the rock star pattern except that there's cause for black, lavender and white and I've used kind of a turquoise darker purple and a white and I chose a turquoise iphone case with beads to match because I really liked the way looked when the beads blended into the case. you're going to need size 15/0 seed beads don't use a 15/0 cylinder bead like a delica, those are a different size, you need 15/0 seed bead. I'm using Tohos for this and you'll need a beading needle. I have a size twelve. You want a smaller size to go through the small seed beads and then on mine here I've used fireline beading thread, its very strong so it's going to be durable but it's really thin and it's very hard to see, so it disappears in here for the purposes of being able to see what I'm doing, I'm going to use a thicker beading thread just for the demonstration that's why I'm not using fireline for this but if you also if you're worried about the strength you can use a thicker one like wildfire, just be aware that it will show up a little bit more I'm going for contrast here so that you can see what I'm doing so you can follow a pattern from the book like I did hear we do sell this book also so you can pick up the book follow a pattern inside the package there's also a couple of patterns included you see this cute little owl and this one here has hearts on it you could follow those patterns or you could make it up as we go I'm not going to really go into patterns on this I'm just going to show you how it works so what you want to do is start the way that this works and I'll show you this diagram actually, this is a good diagram you can see on their diagram. It will show you four holes and you're going to stitch from the bottom left to the top right and then you go down one and that's your new bottom left to the top right you're going to go across the whole first row that way so you need to choose the second row down, your first hole and a lot of this is going to be about getting your needle up through the right hole. I just flip it over make sure you're on the right spot when you're starting a new thread you want to pull it up almost all the way, give yourself a about an inch long tail and hold that in place with your finger pick up a one bead and now you're going to go up one and one to the right you're going to catch that crossed bridge between the holes and go diagonally up and over to the right and then pull and don't pull so hard that you lose grip on that thread right there just going to pull it snug and now on the back pull your tail over to the left and bring the needle down one hole you wanna make sure you catch the tail when you pull that tight pick up one bead and you're going to go up one and over one to the right at a diagonal pull that snug go down one hole, make sure you catch the tail, you're gonna catch your tail all the way across You see on mine here I have all of my little tails woven in and they go in all the way across so you want to make sure you're weaving in from half an inch to an inch continue all the way across. You'll notice that the beads don't necessarily line up perfectly straight and this is something to consider when you're choosing a pattern on this one here you'll notice that the the curved lines, the lines are at an angle aren't necessarily completely uniformed and straight and that's just the nature of beads in the way that they sit on the holes so you're not going to get every crisp stripe or maybe if you just do horizontal stripes you will not a diagonal or chevron or plaid or something like that so it does give it a little bit more of an abstract look, feel to it and it can work it's just not going to be very crisp an exact so keep that in mind as you're working you do the whole thing one bead at the time so just catch your tail go down one one bead over to the right pull it snug move down one hole pick up one bead up and over to the right you just continue all the way to the end of the row I'm just going to show you know how to turn because you really don't want to watch me to use this for rows at a time trust me so I'm just gonna do a couple more and I'm going to show you how you turn to go down the next row and how you're going to finish a thread also when you need to tie off and add a new piece of thread which you will do as you can see from this one many times a new piece of thread about once every three eighths of an inch and before you ask me how long that one took I really couldn't tell you I worked on it at work off and on for several weeks hours and hours depending on how fast you work on it it does give a really really cool finished look to it and it should be pretty durable, it should last I'm going to show you how to turn. You will go when you start you're going to start at the top left work all the way to the end until you can't go into another hole and then you're gonna work back and fourth, you're gonna go left to right, down one, right to left, down one, left to right and just keep going throughout the whole piece so when you get to the end of the row and again I'm abbreviating here because that's just a lot of watching me do exactly the same thing when you get to the end of the row you'll go down just like normal just like if you're going to take another stitch but this time instead of working that way because there's no more holes that way you're gonna go backwards so you're even-numbered rows are going to go down into the left one instead of up to the right so you're just gonna go exactly the opposite of what you were doing before and on the backside go up a hole pick up one bead down one into the left one up one this is something you want to be careful about make sure you don't catch the stitch before when you're bring the needle up just be aware of that pick up a bead down into the left one up one hole one bead down onto the left and you see I'm using my thumbnail and kind of line them up after I do a few stitches I put them in line oops go through that stitch up one grab a bead you go down to the left up one down and to the left I'm just going to show you one more row change we got one little tiny half a hole there. If you can see through it you can stitch through it it will look nice if you get them all the way up to the edge I worked to the end of the row and on this one it's gonna become kind of a curved line so usually you would go down one but I can't go down one because there's not a hole here so go into the next row to the first hole as close as you can to down one and sometimes like when you get to know where it goes out a lot over here what you're going to do is your actually just going to skip over with your thread to the first hole when you can start the row and then you want to catch the thread you can see I have, you probably can't see that, but there's a little bit of thread right here and it's caught on some of the stitches You want to make sure that there aren't any loose strings hanging off the back and then this is an odd number rows so on an odd number rows you'll go from the bottom left to the top right just like you did for row one. Your row three would be just like that and you'll go down one at the back I'm going to do a few stitches and then I'm gonna show you how to tie off your thread you want to tie off your thread closer to to the center of the row and you want to make sure that you don't work yourself too far into your thread. Go ahead and stop when you have about six inches left on your needle don't want to get too close and not be able to properly tie it off it actually doesn't get tied it just gets woven in again this is an odd row. I'm going up into the right and then down one for the even rows I'm going down to the left and then up one on the back you get the hang of it and you can kind of do it in your sleep which is good because it takes a long time I'm going to do one more so you can kind of see once you get them lined up that's about a little half-inch patch there on the back the reason you want to keep it to the middle when you're going to finish off is so that you can fit your needle in take your needle and carefully just run it under several of the stitches and you want to catch it under a healthy number of stitches. You don't need to go across the whole row but you want to catch on at least about five or six stitches and then pull snug and then trim that off and you would just start your new thread the exact same way that you started your first thread by holding the tail and stitching over the tail so when you're following a pattern you'll do exactly the same way. You just start at the top left of the pattern and just follow the different colors for the different colors and again you can choose a different color for each color on the pattern. You could even make yourself a little note as to what color your using instead and make it really easy to follow and that's how you do Beadle Point for the Beadle Point stitchable iPhone case. Go to www.beadaholique.com to purchase beading supplies and to get design ideas!

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