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Bead Attachment: Back Stitch Bugle Bead

Back Stitch Bugle Bead
Back Stitch Bugle Bead

The thing to keep in mind when working with bugle beads is that they are made from a long piece of glass. When the bead is cut, the ends can have sharp edges which can cause your thread to fray and eventually break. If your design allows for it, you can help prevent this by adding a seed bead at each end of your bugle bead before stitching it down.

For the back stitch you are placing the bead horizontal or vertical on the design. So bring your thread up at the end of your bead placement (in this example, it is the right side). Take your needle through the bead and down through the fabric at the other end of the bead. If possible, make a second stitch through the bugle bead so that you have two threads.

If you have a line of bugle beads, you can attach them individually with this technique. Come up at point A, through the bead and down at point B. Bring your thread back up at point C, which is a bead’s length away from point A. Come up at point C through the bead and down at point A. Bring your needle up at point D through the bead and back down at point C. This method helps reduce some of the tension and friction on the beads.

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