A diamond shaped applique covered in Fish Scales
Fish Scales are overlapping sequins laid flat against the fabric to add shine and fill space. Fish scales can be used to trace designs and edge trim. They also work very well for covering places that need to stretch, such as bra straps and sides.
You will need:
- Beading thread
- Beading needles
- Tray/lid (to hold your beads)
- Thimble (for pushing needle through thick layers of fabric, optional)
Let's try changing the direction our scales are traveling to create a flower design. After I stitched down the 3rd sequin I pulled the needle up through the fabric slightly higher than where it was inserted at about the 10 o'clock position, still next to the edge of the sequin, (see picture.) This is where the 4th sequin will be placed.
Here is the same technique used on a belt - a line of Fish Scales with two flowers sprouting off of it.
Intricate Fish Scale flower and leaves on an applique.
Fish Scales covering side straps on a bra creating an interesting texture.
Fish Scales alternating between tear drop shaped beads to create a fan-shape design.
When laying down Fish Scales it is best to work from top to bottom or outside to in depending on your design. For instance, if you are making flower petals you should start your Fish scales on the outer edge and fill in moving toward the middle where the petals meet.
Have fun and good luck!