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I've been working on lots of bead embroidery lately. I just LOVE doing it and then I marvel over the finished work! I haven't dabbled in my own designs as yet..... I'm working with numerous bead embroidery kits that I purchased from Beads East.
Currently, I'm working on a Sherry Serafini cuff project that has 3 cabs. There is a large one in the center of the cuff and 2 smaller ones on either side. The cab bezels are all done and I've been stitching away on the remainder of the cuff, however; several times, the smaller cabs popped right out of their bezels (and I'm a stickler about thread tension)! I've used E6000 as well as double-face tape and did manage to return the cabs to their proper place. The last time a cab came out, I roughed up the back of it a little w/some fine grit sandpaper, hoping that would help it stay in place.
So, I was just wondering if any of you embroiderers have dealt w/this dilemma, and if so, how did you overcome it?
Thanks in advance for your replies!
What are you stitching on? Lacy's? Or something else? (Don't know if that may have something to do with it and you didn't mention that in your post.)
I've been working on a cuff from Sherry Serafini's class - we used E6000 to hold down the rivoli and 2 flat back rivolis. Sherry said that the E6000 sets in about 24 hours but we can start beading beforehand.She also said that depending on the depth of the cab/stone sometimes you need extra rows when bezeling. (We all had the same size triangular rivoli from her kit.)
The cuff I'm working on has about 50 hours of time on it and I've been rolling it, 'turning' it, bending it, etc. to get all the beads on it and it has been holding up. We all used Lacy's (dyed black) & the E6000, the beading was the base of backstitching next to it and then peyote up with size 11, and then a final row of size 15 beads. I stitch with tension but not so much it 'smushes' the Lacy's, and I use 6# fireline (my choice). So far everything has been holding well.
The only time I had a cab come out of it's bezel was when I used the double-face tape and couldn't get it back into it's bezel. At that time I used a nymo or c-lon thread (instructors choice) I didn't even 'roll' it as much as the one with the E6000 and it was enclosed with sz. 15. Needless to say, I cut out all of those beads for reuse! That cab was on Lacy's also.
My two cents worth.