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Course Information

Description: Color step by step images and descriptions are provided in 4 PDFs that will be useful learning tools to make a series of small fabric bead embellishments. Creating small customized embellishments will enable the student to have a wide variety of options to add extra details to their work.
Media Category: Fiber Art
Course Type: Self-directed (refer to the FAQ page for full descriptions of each course type)
Course Format: Technique
Course Begins: March 15, 2022 - Ongoing
Course Duration: No time limit

What will Students learn? The student will create small fabric beads using simple shapes like circles, rectangles, and narrow tubes. Experimentation with color, pattern, volume, scale and the use of unconventional items sparks the imagination are key elements of this class. The student can design the fabric color and pattern story to create and assemble fun combinations that can be used in multiple ways.
Instructor/Students interaction: Private Facebook Group
Skill Level: All levels welcome
Required skill(s): Basic sewing skills

Supplies and tools: 

  • Dome type metal bead caps
  • small acorn tops can
  • Hand sewing needles
  • Paper and fabric scissors
  • Turning Tool such as a straw, Fasturn, or Hemostat
  • Aileen’s Tacky Glue
  • Fat Quarters of assorted lightweight fabric (batik and small pattern designs work well)
  • Thread to match fabric
  • Needle nose pliers and wire cutters
  • Heads pins
  • Sealed jump rings
  • Handful of Polyfill
  • Chenille stems
  • Flat coffee stirrer sticks
  • Barbara Willis Stuffing forks
  • Small wooden discs – Dremel tool

Downloads: PDFs and 2 videos

Course Curriculum

    1. Fabric Bead Embellishments

    2. Welcome to the Class

    3. Fabric Bead Embellishments Supply List

    1. Let's Get Started

    2. Let's Get Started

    3. Assembly

    4. Assembly

    1. Building on the Basics Part 1

    2. Building on the Basics Part 1

    3. Building on the Basics Part 2

    4. Building on the Basics Part 2

    1. Review of what we learned

About this course

  • $35.00
  • 12 lessons
  • PDF downloads


Christine Shively Benjamin

Fiber Art

Exploring the possibilities of creating a character with fabric is an extension of a lifetime fascination with three-dimensional forms. My figures emerge from familiar tales of childhood and stories of the heart and soul. Experimentation, improvisation and discovery allow for the incorporation of the historic and cross-cultural reference points, fashion, textiles and embellishment in my work. Unexpected twists and turns in the use of materials are common components and autobiographical storytelling are all elements in my dolls.

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