Beadpoint was very popular during Victorian times.
Beadpoint is similar to needlepoint. It’s stitched on the diagonal over mesh canvas using seed beads instead of fibers.
Beads reflect light, fibers absorb light. Beads can be used in combination with fibers. Limited bead colors vs. fiber colors. When combining beads and fibers generally the design is stitched in beads the background in fibers. Stitch the beads first then fill in with fibers.
Use fancy beads to add texture or focal point.
Beadpoint is very good for wearables, durable but heavy.
Japanese seed beads are most desirable. They are very uniform. 11/0 are the most common. Use solid colored beads not transparent. Czech beads are more irregular, try to avoid.
Canvas and Beads: #14 Canvas = 11/0 seed beads
#18 Canvas = 15/0 seed beads
#16 Canvas = Delica beads
Amount of Beads: 1 bead per mesh +. Buy 15% more than needed.
11/0 seed beads - 1 gram = 100 beads
15/0 seed beads – 1 gram = 220 beads
Materials needed: Small painted #14 mesh canvas, # 11 Japanese beads, short bead needle, beading thread, Bob Tack, needle threader, scissors.
Use doubled bead thread, knot ends (closed end) anchor securely to canvas. Finish the thread with at least 3” to spare and run under back of stitches.
Stitching Techniques: Use continental and half cross tent stitch for Beadpoint. This causes less distortion of the canvas. Bead across the complete row changing bead colors instead of beading all one color area first. This helps avoid cramping the beads.