Embellishing Quilts with Beads and Found Objects

green beads
red beads
Embellishing quilts and stitch work with beads and other objects is becoming more and more popular. In this hands-on one day workshop you will learn basic and innovative ways of attaching beads and other found objects to quilts. We will also explore edgings and fringes, which are stunning on small pieces.
Cost of Course
Kit Fee
Course Difficulty
Course Type
Course Time
Saturday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
Saturday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
List of materials
Small Quilt Sampler (quiltlette)
We will be embellishing a small quilt. Please follow these instructions to make your small quilt (quiltlette) at home before you come.

1. One 4” square of cotton fabric that you would like to embellish. (Bali batiks are particularly effective)
2. A square of quilt batting the same size as your printed square. Batting should be firm and not puffy. I like cotton batting the best.
3. A 4” square of backing fabric.
4. A strip of fabric 2 1/2 inches wide and 22 inches long, Fold strip in half, sew raw edges of strip to edge of quiltlette, turn to back and hand stitch down.

To make your “quiltlette” layer the pieces listed above like a sandwich:
Pin the sandwich together, sew the binding around the edge then turn to the back and stitch down by hand.
We will be embellishing this “quiltlette” with beads and other found objects in the workshop.
Other Supplies
1. I will provide a kit of beads, needles and thread that you will need for this class for $4.00 each.
2. Bring whatever beads you have which you would like to stitch to your quiltlette. Also being whatever found objects such as shells, stones, costume jewelry pieces, metal charms, small slices of agates from rock shops and anything else that strikes your imagination, to use on your embellished pieces.
3. Hand sewing supplies such as needles, pins, and scissors.
5. Beeswax: to strengthen your thread and keep it from tangling.
6. Thread Heaven: a silicone thread conditioner to make the thread smooth and slippery and prevent bearding. (Bearding is the pulling up of the batting with the thread so that little tufts of batting appear on the surface as you sew.
7. A small table lamp may be needed for each workspace so that you have good lighting.