Mikey Espinosa – Endure sweater (custom)

One of three customised pieces.

I gave the black sweater a dark and sexy illustration (which also reveals characters from my comic :)) and so I wanted to soften it by doing some beadwork. I chose icy colours like violet blue and clear faceted beads that have a silvery effect.

Mikey Espinosa - Endure front customFrom the front, not much difference can be seen other than the beading of the cuffs of the sweater.Mikey Espinosa - Endure custom sleeves

I had in mind several things when beading the cuffs such as The Milky Way and the Aurora Borealis. When stitching this, you may want to plan out the path of the beads by stitching a few of them on whilst keeping the beads close to each other so that the thread behind the fabric won’t get caught on fingers or jewellery as your hands brush against the cuffs. You then start to build around the path of the beads to thicken it and stitch the occasional bead off the path so that you can have that scattered effect.

Mikey Espinosa - Endure custom (back)

Behind the sweater I cut out the fabric to create fringes and whilst trying it on, I liked the swaying movement and thought it would be nice to accentuate the movement by adding beads to dangle alongside the fringes. The movement of the fabric would play with the light that hits the beads allowing it to sparkle.Mikey Espinosa - Endure custom close up backThe beads are threaded and held into place by fastening the thread on the last bead I wanted to space before the next. I kept in mind the look of rain or a water fall and so, to create a dripping effect I usually kept to this pattern

1 clear (space) 1 clear, 2 blue (space) 1 blue (space)  2 blue , 1 clear (space) 2 clear etc.

The blue beads are used to add a weighted look to the droplets. You can use that pattern as a basic layout but don’t be afraid to play around with the numbers you use. Towards the end of each thread I reduced the spaces between the beads to add weight to the thread and this helps add movement and reduce tangling.

Hope this all made sense! If you want to try this and need any help don’t be afraid to comment or message me for advice!

Happy customising!




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