Fairy Enchantment: Thoughts on Beads

Before I get to the beads, please note that on The Fairy’s Garden design, you may find working with the #8 Braid 070 listed in the key too heavy on the design. Please change this to Kreinik #4 Braid 015.

As many of you may already know, only one of the designs, Once Upon A Time, in my new book Fairy Enchantment, was allowed beads. All of the designs already sparkle with  beautiful Kreinik  threads but for everyone that has asked about  adding some of the extra ‘bling’ that beading brings, I have made up a list of possible bead substitutions for the single stitches and French knots I  used in the book. I’ll leave it to all of you to decide whether to bead or not. Feel free to use some of these, or all, choose your own colors, or make no changes at all. It’s entirely up to you and your personal taste as the stitched designs  become an expression of your own creativity. I know whatever you choose to do will be perfect for you!

PS: You may want to do the French knots using Mill Hill Petite Beads since they will be smaller and more like the french knots. Petite color codes are in the parentheses. Please go to the Mill Hill website to see their full selection.


For the swirling single stitches in the background Kreinik 045 :  Mill Hill 02047

For French knots in her headdress Kreinik 5982 : Mill Hill 00332 (Petite 40332)

For French knots twining her arm and legs Kreinik 5008 : Mill Hill 03034 (Petite 40374)


Use the beads listed and

For white dots on the child’s outfit DMC 1 : Mill Hill 03021

For French knots on child’s boots Kreinik 028 : Mill Hill 02011 (Petite 42011)


For single stitches in background and French knots on bodice Kreinik 028 : Mill Hill 00557 (Petite 40557)

For single stitches on skirt hem Kreinik 3260 : Mill Hill 02031

For single stitches at the edge of her shawl and along the neckline Kreinik 015 : Mill Hill 00167

For single stitches in her necklace  Kreinik 5003 : Mill Hill 03047

For the white centers in the pink flowers in her skirt DMC 1 : Mill Hill 03021


For the single green stitches on the tendrils in her hair Kreinik 015 : Mill Hill 02031

For the gold French knots in her necklace Kreinik 028 : Mill Hill 00557 (Petite 40557)


For the white single stitches in the mushrooms DMC 1 : Mill Hill 03021

For green stitches in her skirt Kreinik 070 : Mill Hill 02031

For French knots in flower centers DMC 986 : Mill Hill 03031 (Petite 40332)

For white french knots on her bodice DMC 1 : Mill Hill 02010 (Petite 42010)

CHILDHOOD MAGIC (All four designs):

For French knots  around the border Kreinik 028 : Mill Hill 00557 (Petite 40557)

For French knots  on butterflies and hat DMC 938 : Mill Hill 03034 (Petite 40374)

For border flower centers DMC 743 : Mill Hill 02047


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mel
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 15:29:36

    Thanks for the update Joan, patiently awaiting delivery of my order. Wishing you & yours a fabulous day & week ahead.


  2. Chris McGuire
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 21:46:04

    In lieu of french knots, I prefer Mill Hill petite beads instead of seed beads since they are smaller. However, these can be harder to thread and there aren’t as many colors available. JMHO



    • joanelliott
      Dec 05, 2011 @ 22:00:38

      Yes, seed beads are a good substitute for French knots. You will needle a very fine beading needle if you use them. I will update the list above with petite bead alternates in parentheses. Thanks Chris!


  3. Heidi
    Dec 07, 2011 @ 23:03:02

    How wonderful of you to do this for us Joan!!! Thank you so very much! 🙂


  4. joanelliott
    Dec 07, 2011 @ 23:07:47

    My Pleasure! I thought a lot of you might be itching to add some beads. It will be a real treat for me to see everyone’s WIPs as you add your personal touches to these designs.


  5. Laura Latino
    Dec 15, 2011 @ 18:02:34

    Hi Joan, I’ve been trying to get in touch with you by @ for 5 times and I always get a failed delivery notification. Perhaps your mailbox is full or is earthlink down?
    I just wanted to show you something beautiful… 🙂


  6. Laura Latino
    Dec 18, 2011 @ 16:45:39

    No way yet. I keep on trying and get the same message back 😦


  7. Laura Latino
    Dec 22, 2011 @ 17:44:20

    Yeah, but to no avail. Apparently it looks like Earthlink blocked my IP and they suggest to send them an email asking for unblocking, which I did 3 times now but got no answer back. I don’t know if it’s me or you who has to ask this, if you’re willing to try I may send you the required data as explained here:
    Sorry to bother you and all the readers with all these technicalities but I really don’t know what to do! 😦
    Thank you for your patience!!


  8. joanelliott
    Dec 22, 2011 @ 17:48:12

    Hi Laura- I’ll get in touch with Earthlink. It’s all very strange. We switched
    over to cable internet recently and maybe something got changed then, although they guaranteed nothing would change. Let’s hope this works 🙂


  9. Laura Latino
    Dec 22, 2011 @ 18:28:43

    Thank you!!!


  10. joanelliott
    Dec 22, 2011 @ 18:53:24

    It looks like you need to do this from your side. I’ll try
    from here again though.


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