Piecing Path

Stephanie Corina Goddard

Show off your piecing prowess with a gorgeous scarf embellished with embroidery and beading. Tame slippery silks, ravelly rayons or precocious polyesters for stunning shaped accents–we show you how in the Fall 2007 Quilting & Embroidery special issue with a new twist on traditional paper piecing. See "Piecing Path" on pages 48 to 53 for piecing instructions, then add beaded accents to your scarf with these basic but beautiful beading tips.

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Follow these tips to add beautiful beaded accents to your scarf.

  • Choose a beading thread such as Nymo, or a good quality polyester sewing thread.
  • Larger beads may be sewn with a standard needle, but a beading needle is necessary for beads with very small holes, such as seed beads.
  • Size 10 or 11 seed beads are very stitch-friendly. Delicas and bugle beads often have sharp edges that could weaken the thread. Note: Cushion the edges of sharp bugle beads with seed beads as shown (A).


  • Expect the thread to show a bit, so match the color to the fabric or choose one that blends with the bead colors.
  • Make an overhand knot in the thread and bring the needle out on the right side of the fabric. Make a tiny stitch through the fabric as a safety stitch. Thread tension should be just enough to hold the beads to the surface without puckering the fabric. To end stitching, make a safety stitch, followed by a knot (B).


  • When attaching fringe to an edge, make plenty of safety stitches to strengthen the attachments and prevent puckering of the fabric edge between each strand of fringe. String several beads, stitch through another bead at the end of the strand and back through the same bead string; knot through the fabric (C).


Swirls: Bullard Designs, Swirleys, designs PL Swirley Thing 1 Med and Swirley

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