Ever since I posted my Kasut Manek (beaded shoes) here, I received several emails from readers around the world asking me how to do beading for it. I decided to post some comprehensive tutorials in this area to cover all-you-need-to-know-how-to-bead-a-Kasut-Manek.
These tutorials are going to split into 4 parts:
- Part 1 – Preparing the frame and canvas
- Part 2 – Border Beading
- Part 3 – Interior Beading
- Part 4 – How to take measurement on your foot
Here we are, at the very beginning among these tutorials: How to prepare your cross-stitch canvas….
- A wooden frame measuring 11″ x 14″, preferably soft wood like pine so that you can press the thumb pins into it easily.
- A 16-count cross-sticth canvas, white color, 11″ x 14″. Sew a border of 3.5″ width with cotton fabric
- Some thumb pins
- Shoes-face shape of your foot size
If you can’t find the wooden frame, you can always substitute it with easy clip frames (38 x 30 cm) or with a big embriodery/quilt hoop of 14″ diameter. You will need to resize your canvas to suit the frame you choose, but the minimum working area must be 11″ x 14″.
As you work along the beading process, the tension of the cross-stitch canvas will get lax at some point of time, re-tensioning is necessary so that your beading work is even.
Now, come back to our thumb pins option….
Double-fold the 3.5″ border and pin down the thumb pins to secure it, 4 pins on the short side and 5 pins on the long side.
Complete all 4 sides and make sure you pull the canvas in tension while pinned down so that it is tight and firm.
Trace the outline of the shoes-face of your foot size with pencil on your canvas. Mark the center-line. Trace both right and left side of your shoes-faces on top and bottom of the canvas respectively (just flip the paper pattern to change from left to right and vice-versa). The pattern shown below is a simple casual thong style sandals. There are several types of patterns for you to choose from, closed-toe, opened-toe, horizontal single-strap, horizontal double-straps, diagonal-straps, crossed-straps, and many more…..
That’s it, now your framed canvas is ready for beading!!!!
Continue: Part 2 – Border Beading…..