Alabama Studio Sewing & Design Bolero

Project Description

What are you most proud of? The retro look. Also like the way it adds warmth to an AC ensemble. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Natalie recommends armor beading in small sections and I agree.

What you will need

  • AC cotton in navy blue and AC dark grey chop beads
  • bugle beads and sequins. Grey button craft thread

Q&A with CoudreMode

callievel asked:
ooooh, i wish you had shown it with the t shirt you just did. they must look beautiful together. love the bead placement.
CoudreMode answered:
I can do that! Will add more photos
SiValEngr asked:
This is beautiful! Did you use a single strand of the button craft thread for the beading? Can you tell me what size needle you used for that and also what type of needle you used for the regular stitching? Did you have to expand the eye the way Natalie show us? I am having trouble threading needles -- I broke several of the silver threaders. And then, since I am using a bigger needle, I have to keep needle- nosed pliers around to pull the needle through the fabric.
CoudreMode answered:
I do the beading is done with a single strand of button craft thread, I did try using beading thread but it's too stiff and the sharp edges of the beads would cut through regular sewing thread. The needles I use for beading are Japanese sewing needles sold by Susan Khalje on her website (scroll down the page)...I have to admit it's a challenge to thread them with button craft thread and a needle threader doesn't seem to work, but they are really perfect for beading. I've noticed that it's a tad easier to thread if I follow Natalie's advice to knot the end of the thread cut from the spool (I suspect this is due to the twist on the thread) and I also cut the threading end at an angle to get it through the eye. The eyes are so small I haven't tried to expand the eye. For construction I use a large milliner needle, which is easy to thread for me. I also do the construction with a single strand of button craft thread.