I wanted to play around with fuse beads, (or Perler or Hama beads, they go by many names) so last time we were at IKEA I picked up a gigantic tub of them. I will occasionally see things on Pinterest and the patterns are so interchangeable with cross stitching. My original plan was to make one of my cross stitch patterns out of the beads, which I will probably still do. However, Jenn of Beadeux, Isette, and 52Lasers fame, suggested using the beads to make a canvas and stitch on that.
I was going to make a really large canvas to work on, but decided to start small. I made this little 14×14 square. I am so glad I didn’t do the bigger one yet because I ran into some issues.
I fused the beads with the iron, but I didn’t hold it down long enough for the holes to melt closed. I wanted to still be able to get the needle through easily. Some of the holes did melt closed but I was able to pierce through with the needle, unfortunately I also stabbed myself!
Since I didn’t do fully fuse them, I kept running into issues with the beads breaking off. I managed to fix it both times it happened, but I’m not sure how to solve this issue if I were to work on a larger scale. The larger surface area will make them all less stable and more likely to break.
There’s definitely some issues I’ll have to work out if I plan to pursue this further, but it was a fun little experiment. I like how the stitching looks on the surface.
I don’t actually know if I ever played with fuse beads as a kid, but I am having a blast with them now! Making the patterns is very fun, though a little frustrating because I consistently knock the beads over right as I’m almost done!
Did you play with fuse beads when you were younger? Have you played with them recently?