Unique Embroidery: Bead Your Own Coral Tide Pool!

Eleanor Pigman, Contemporary Bead Embroidery

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8 Videos (39m)
    • Introduction

    • Class Preview

    • Project Overview & Materials

    • The Couching Stitch

    • The Stacking Stitch

    • The Peyote Stitch

    • Incorporating Pearls

    • Outro


About This Class

Hello! My class will introduce you to various bead embroidery stitches to create your own 3x3 inch coral tide pool abstract beaded piece. This class will cover 4 embroidery stitches: freeform peyote, stacking, the incorporation of pearls, and couching. We will explore the use of various bead sizes to create dimension, as well as the power of shading with beads, creating texture and movement and the incorporation of fabric and paper within bead work.

We’ll also discuss how to stimulate creativity and find inspiration to keep making unique art pieces.

No prior knowledge is needed to enroll. This is an excellent introduction class as well as a great class for advanced beaders to push their creativity to a new dimension. Anyone interested in stitching, pushing the limits of a medium, and for people like me who like to think outside the box will enjoy the next 40 minutes!

I’ll be right there beside you to give feedback, support and of course my favorite fun!

Let’s do this!

29 of 29 students recommendSee All

Beautiful lesson. It was very mesmerizing watching the piece develop.
I love beading and this is another way to use them to do real works of art. It's painting with beads. Thanks, and I'd like to see other compositions by the same author Corina
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I thoroughly enjoyed the class. I was able to learn many stitches with her clear and direct instructions!! Loved it!





Eleanor Pigman

Contemporary Bead Embroidery

  "I have always been interested in transforming traditional craft"

Before Eleanor started making arts with beads she was primarily a watercolor artist.  She fell in love with the world of beading after doing an apprenticeship with a jewelry designer, the shop closed and she inherited thousands of seed beads.  She was then faced with the task of turning these beads into art.

Her work began with portraits and then moved into the marine world.  She states “the medium is limitless and I love to try to create the impossible”.  After being published  and receiving a congressional honor for “Keeping Hope Alive Through Art” she began to push the medium even further.

Eleanor’s work is all embroidered by hand with thread, needle, on felt with beads.   She combines several different traditional and non traditional stitches to create a unique sculpture effect.   Paper, fabric and mesh can also be found in her work.   

Eleanor Pigman is originally from New York City.  She received her BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and her masters in Art Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She is a self taught embroidery artist, currently living in St Petersburg Florida.

Join her and her journey in making these unique and inspirational bead embroidered pieces!

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