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Friday, August 06, 2010

Bead & Button Spider Tutorial

When I wrote the tutorial for how to do embroidered spider webs, I promised I would explain how to make the spiders in my next post.  So here it is!

They're actually quite easy to do.  You'll need a button or large bead for the body and then a small bead for the head.  You can use any thread you like for the legs but again, I'm rather fond of Kreinik #8 braid depending on size of my spider and the background fabric.  Basically, I used what I need to use for the legs to show up.  In this case, I used 2 strands of Kreinik #8 Braid.

Here is a diagram of the spider.  Please excuse the crudity of this image.  I quickly drew it out on the computer:

Sew down your button or large bead and then sew down the head bead.  Use straight stitches for the legs.  Easy as pie!

You can see my spider on this block:


That's all there is to it!  Here's the spider from my most recent purse:


And here's the completed purse:


This purse is in my Etsy shop now.  You can also find Kathi's Autumn Watch in the shop:


Isn't that beautiful?  I just love Kathi's jewelry pieces.

I'm heading over to mom's for a little while now.  Be sure to stop by tomorrow for my Pink Saturday post.  I also have some new Model A photos for to share which I'll do over the weekend and I want to talk some more about creatively coping with depression.

9 comments:

stitchenmylifeaway said...

Wow a use for my 47 lb. of buttons. And no I'm ont exaggerating 47 lbs. LOL Your spiders are so imaginative. The autum pruse is lovely!! I'm looking forward to Pink Saturday. I'll be staying indoors hiding from the Texas heat.

Warm Hugs
Shay

LuLu Kellogg said...

I love the spider Pam!! Sooooo cute!!

Love,
LuLu♥

LuLu Kellogg said...

I love the spider Pam!! Sooooo cute!!

Love,
LuLu♥

MosaicMagpie said...

Who would think a spider would be this easy! Thank you!
Debbie

Carol said...

Hi Pam. Thanks for another great tutorial. I'll be trying the web as soon as I lay my hands on that braid.

The purse is gorgeous.
Carol

Terri's ThreadArt said...

Thanks for the refresher on the spiders! I used to always add one the first few years but since have forgotton to do it. Our teacher told us to always hind one somewhere for good luck ~ kinda like you do with the Kitten.Now I'm itchin' to try it again!

Lynn Stevens said...

now if real spiders were that pretty I'd never squish them! LOL

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Your spiders are so very simple to make and yet they are so realistic (not to mention cute!!). Right now we have a largeish spider lurking in our mailbox and we're not quite sure what to do with him/her - we don't want to kill it, but we also don't have what it takes to remove it either! I'm not afraid of them, just smart enough to be cautious and there's no way I want to reach my hand into a space that's quite that enclosed!

agypsyangel said...

I love the way the spider is so pretty. Thank you for tutorial
:)

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