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Beading Between the Lines


The adult coloring trend that hit a few years ago is still finding inroads to new audiences — it seems like everywhere you look you can find coloring books, many of which are themed to different topics. Nowadays, you can even find coloring books on zombies, beer, aliens, tattoo designs, fast food, and lots of other snarky/rude/crude subjects.

As a beader, I did not find myself terribly inclined to take up coloring. After all, I find beading quite relaxing and meditative already, which I believe are a couple of the characteristics people like about the coloring trend. Nevertheless, I admit I’ve bought a couple of coloring books, largely because I thought the designs were pretty and might be good inspiration for beadwork.

And I guess I’m not the only one thinking along those lines! Not long ago, I found these very cool printed Ultrasuede squares from Kim Reuth of Knot Just Beads, which are designed for bead embroidery. She calls these designs “Beading Between the Lines,” and they’re similar to the coloring book aesthetic. In the image above, you can see one square that’s been beaded already (nicely done by Cindy Collins of Milwaukee!) along with two that are waiting for me to put beads to fabric.

Kim’s got several different designs and they’re permanently printed on Ultrasuede, which is one of the nicest fabrics for bead embroidery. They look like a lot of fun! All you need to do is select a color palette and start beading! Before you know it, you’ll have a sweet miniature piece of beaded art that you can frame or add a backing to. And not only does it looks like something fun to make, it would also make a nice gift — either a blank one for another beader or a completed one for someone who appreciates beadwork.

Knot Just Beads doesn’t have these on their website at the moment, but Kim assures me that if you’re interested in purchasing any Beading Between the Lines squares, you can call (414) 771-8360 or drop them a note via the website, and they will be happy to hook you up. So if you've been admiring the coloring book aesthetic but were reluctant to give up your beads, even for an evening (I get it!), now you don't have to. 

If you're interested in learning how to go about beading a design like this, join me at 11:30 am Central time this coming Friday (August 25) on our Facebook page. I'll do a live video demo and share some bead embroidery tips along the way! See you Friday.

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