There is something about beads!
The textural effect of the bead embroidery work combined with their vivid iridescent colors looks beautiful on garments and accessories. Which is why you will find that most designers use bead embroidery motifs to enhance their creations. You can also do it, if not in an elaborate way, using small bead embroidery motifs like the ones given here
1 Bead embroidery flower Motif
This is a pinwheel flower motif. They can be worked in a pattern in an allover design on the fabric or scattered around or as a big motif on the center
To make this motif with beads, first, draw the shape of the pinwheel.
Attach three beads across the intersection ( The number of beads will vary according to your pinwheel size, of course)
Fill in the sides with two beads and then one; continue doing the other side
For better strength go through the beads twice
If you are using bigger bead attach single beads. For small seed beads, you can string the three or four beads together, as I have done.
2 Bead embroidery flower Motif
This bead embroidery flower is quite easy to make.Draw a small circle, Come up from the back of the fabric on the periphery of this circle; string your bead embroidery needle with one seed bead, one sequin, one seed bead, again another sequin and then three more seed beads. Take your needle to the center of the circle. This makes one petal of your bead flower.
Continue doing all inside the circle till it is fully filled. Finish with a sequin and bead in the middle
The single beads under the sequins are put there as spacers. They make the sequins stand almost erect giving a nice 3 D effect.
3 Bead embroidery flower Motif
This is a flower motif made with four beads around another in the center. Talk about simple!. But when done all over it can take on a vivid beauty.
4 Bead embroidery flower Motif
This flower motif is made by making a small triangular center and then making curvy offshoots all around this center with 5 seed beads. Fill the center with a bead if you want to
5 Bead embroidery flower Motif
This bead flower is made by threading the needle with three seed beads in between two bigger beads. This will make one petal. Make enough to fill your design. You will have to make straight stitches to secure the top beads to the fabric.
6 Bead embroidery flower Motif
Self-explanatory – chain stitch lines finished with a sequin made around a point. Substitute sequins with beads for a variation
7 Bead embroidery flower Motif
This bead flower is made by attaching a center bead and then threading the needle with two sequins, one seed bead and then again two sequins. Secure it close to the center bead and you have a beautiful petal. Make as many as you want around the center bead
8 Bead embroidery flower Motif
Seed bead flowers. These are made by layering contrasting colour beads around a single bead. The colour variations make for the beauty of this motif
9 Bead embroidery flower motif
This just a basic layout of sequins (can be beads as well) along with bugle beads making for a sunburst look.
10 Bead embroidery flower Motif
This simple flower is made by threading your beading needle with sequins followed by a bugle bead, Attach as in the picture below. This makes for one petal. Make all around to form your bead flower motif. Instead of the bugle bead you can use three seed beads for a variation.
Bead embroidery is very forgiving. Coming up with your own designs with these basic motifs will make you the designer. Go ahead.