How to iron your stitching, when it’s embellished with beads

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Oh beads are soooo pretty , but when it comes to ironing your stitching, they can turn quite ugly and spoil the effect if you don’t go about it carefully. Here’s how to keep your beads perfectly upright 🙂

You’ll just need:

  • a clean towel (the nice and fluffy type, preferably white, unless you’re sure it’s colourfast)
  • a clean spray bottle, filled with tap water (don’t use scented ironing water, as it may leave residues or stain over time)

Ready?

1. Place your fluffy towel flat on the ironing board, then place your stitched work face down on the towel:

2. Gently spray some water on the back of the stitched fabric – just enough to relax the linen flat (you’ll see it flop). No need to get it too wet, unless it’s really very badly creased.

3. Now iron the back of the stitched fabric, with a bit of steam on a gentle heat (the wool setting is perfect), without pressing too hard on the iron. Let the weight of the iron do the trick and just glide it over the whole area.

4. As soon as you’ve got all the creases out, turn your stitched fabric over so the right side is showing, and reposition any beads that may have moved, then leave it flat to cool and dry. (It if wasn’t too wet in the first place, it shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes.)

As it dries out, the linen will stiffen up again, and the beads will stay nice and upright 🙂 !

If you found this tip helpful, feel free to share it!

A few design ideas you may like, for which this method works really well:

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Let it Snow Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Let it Snow Biscornu

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Wintry Blooms Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
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Fuchsia Scissor Case

Pattern to stitch this elegant scissor case and its matching scissor fob.
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Perfect for scissors up to 11 cm (4.5″) long.

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Buttercup Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
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Butterfly Needlebook - Faby Reilly Designs
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This design features butterflies and twirly motifs, and it’s beautifully enhanced with silver beads and special stitches.

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Pattern to stitch this luxurious humbug. It’s designed to be left open to hide a treat or two inside it, or small stitching items such as a thimble, a thread cutter or a needle threader for example.
This design features beautiful and delicate letters stitched in 1 strand over 1 thread of fabric, as well as beads, silver threads and special stitches.

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To browse all designs with beads, click HERE.

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