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Loops (beadwork)


Usually loops are only anchored at the points and the tips but if the finished article is likely to be worn or used extensively, extra couching stitches can be made along the sides of the petals to prevent them catching and breaking.

Loops (beadwork) method stage 1 photograph

Mark a central point. Start your threads where the stitches will be hidden by beads in the finished loop. Thread on a base bead then an odd number of other beads.

Loops (beadwork) method stage 2 photograph

Bring the beads around in a curve and take the needle back through the base bead and into the fabric. Draw the thread through to create a loop that stands up from the surface.

Loops (beadwork) method stage 3 photograph

Keep tension on the thread, push the loop back against the fabric and work it into an attractive shape on the surface. Bring the needle up to the right of the bead in the middle of the loop.

Loops (beadwork) method stage 4 photograph

Pass the needle through this central bead and take it back down into the fabric immediately after to anchor the top of the loop to the fabric.

Loops (beadwork) method stage 5 photograph

For filled loops, adding beads to the centre of a loop can help maintain its shape - prepare a loop as above, then bring the needle up immediately beneath the central bead.

Loops (beadwork) method stage 6 photograph

Thread on enough beads to reach the base bead.

Loops (beadwork) method stage 7 photograph

Take the needle down through the base bead, then draw the thread through to finish.

Loops (beadwork) method stage 8 photograph

The newly added beads will be raised towards the loop’s point.

Structure of stitch

Common uses

Loops make wonderful petals for flower motifs.

Embroidery Techniques


  • Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.381