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Art is meant to be an expression. It doesn’t have to be clean, precise or even make sense. It’s supposed to be an outlet for your creativity and emotions. Fiber Art is just one form of this expression—and it’s also a lot of fun! This style uses textiles like fabric and yarn to create eye-popping pieces, like tapestries.
Photo Souce: Debra Harry Quilts.
Contemporary artists, some of who are also avid beaders, incorporate beads and other components us jewelry designers think of as jewelry supplies for their work. The beads and components help the piece come to life, to jump off the one-dimensional canvas. There are countless ways to incorporate beads into fabric—and you can even carry this concept into your jewelry and accessories.
One fun way to blend beads and fiber together is through accessories and home décor. Our jewelry designer Cheri Carlson made this cute beach bag that incorporates Swarovski pearls and Kristal Wick’s Batik Beauty beads for double the fiber fun! Revive an old handbag by sewing some rhinestones or buttons on it, too. Or, if you’re looking to add extra dimension and element, try a new mixed media project.
If you’re still not quite ready to take the plunge, start with bead embroidery. The practice of sewing seed beads to create jewelry will give you a keen eye for overall style and shape, which will be ideal if you decide to transition into fiber art. We have some fun ideas to get you started and even some bead stitching instructions in our Learning Center.