Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Sequins?

Hi everyone! Happy July! I've been looking through magazines, books and web sites and I have noticed sequins used with beads in bead embroidery. Are these the regular sequins that you can buy at a fabric store or are they different? I think I know how I would sew them on but, I'm not sure when I would use them. Any ideas? Thanks

13 comments:

Lois B said...

Hi! I love to use sequins, of all kinds. I don't think it matters much where you find them, only that you like them. Usually I use flat sequins, but the cupped ones look really good and sparkly, too. They're great for filling in spaces and adding color, or sometimes being the focus of the design. Plus, they are really inexpensive.

Sunni said...

I found sequins at Hancock Fabrics the other day and some vintage ones at one of our local bead stores.

Robin said...

Well!!! If you're interested in sequins and/or antique buttons, I recommend Cartwright's Sequins. Sequins, anyone? They have an amazing selection...a gazillion shapes in a gazillion colors and finishes! (I am not exaggerating.) They even do orders to other countries besides the USA. Once you select a category, scroll down to see the size and color options. I've purchased from them, and been very satisfied, especially the ones with a satin finish, which go well with the matte beads I love so much.

beadbabe49 said...

I use sequins too and have gotten some unusual ones over the years from general bead...I don't know if they have them on their website or not...I've just had friends bring me ones from their san francisco store.
I often stack them, as I use different sizes...so a larger one on the bottom, then a smaller one and often a size 14 bead (rather than an 11) on the top holding them down.

beadbabe49 said...

oh...forgot to mention...they fill up large spaces quickly!

Jacqui said...

I love sequins and used them on this beaded doll I made for my sister. http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b347/kinrossboyd/dolls/canberra003.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b347/kinrossboyd/dolls/canberra004.jpg.

Thanks for the link to that webpage, Robin...oh boy just see the notes fly out the wallet!

heidibeads said...

Thanks Ladies - wow, I never thought to use sequins. I'll have to explore them some more. Robin thanks for the link and beadbabe49 thanks for the idea of stacking them. I wouldn't have thought f that either. jacqui I'm gonna check out your doll, too. Heidi

heidibeads said...

Cartwright's Sequins could be a problem....I never knew there were such cool sequins out there. I'm going to have to rethink my projects. Oh, boy, can you say Master Card!

Grace said...

I'm a huge fan of Cartwrights as well for sequins. They do have a $10 minimum, but that's not hard to do once you start looking around and see all the different colors, sizes and shapes.

a2susan said...

I use sequins all the time. I love their look for flowers, curves...I also like to build them up and put a nice bead in the middle. I'm not picky about where I buy them, it's more important that I just like them.

Sunni said...

Robin,
Thank you for the post about Cartwright's Sequins. I have them book marked and plan to order from them very soon.
Sunni

flyingbeader said...

Oh I see everyone has already told you about Cartwrights...love that place! I also find vintage sequins at antique shows & swap mets. I've been known to find an ugly dress at a thrift shop & buy it JUST for the sequins.

FLORENCIA said...

Hi... I also love sequins and beads.. I live in Argentina and in my blog you'll find some of my works with this material. I hope you like it!.
Here is the Link:http://bordadora.blogspot.com
I also embrodery with ribbons...
please email me if you like it!
Bye! Flor