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Animals Beaded Cross Stitch Kits

Updated on October 21, 2014
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I have been sewing and crafting all of my life. I enjoy a variety of crafts, making gifts, holiday & home decor and costumes for my family

Dimensions Majestic Peacock Featured Below
Dimensions Majestic Peacock Featured Below

Add Detail to Your Cross Stitch Kits and Projects

This Animals Beaded Cross Stitch Kits tutorial includes my favorite mammals, birds, insects and reptiles. Some include the patterns, beads and supplies, but most often it is necessary to assemble your own 'kit' to create a unique and beautiful masterpiece.

When you are putting your own together, be sure to include a fabric (the item you will be sewing the design onto), a design (an iron on or a graphed chart you can transfer by measures), needle, thread (suited for beading) and the beads.

If you are new to needlework or are new to adapting patterns to beaded cross stitch projects, you will find helpful instructions and suggestions in this article. I have taken several selections and given suggestions and examples of how to embellish them. You may prefer to select a different picture and simply apply the technique to make a gorgeous work of art.

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Add Beads to a Prepackaged Picture Kit

If you purchase a kit that does not include beads, you can still add beads to the design. For instance, on the kit below, you could add gold or violet glass seed beads to accent the border of this beautiful cross stitch picture. You could also use a black glass seed bead for his eye.

This design is worked on 14 count Aida cloth and would use size 11 seed beads. Some beads do vary slightly in size, so you would need to lay the bead on the fabric to confirm it is the correct size. The proper match of fabric and bead would be a bead the same size as a single stitch. An over-sized bead will not be attractive on your finished picture and will look ill-matched. If the bead is too small, you would not be able to see it well.

Note: If you would like to purchase this pattern or the beads, simply click the photos. They are linked for your convenience.

Beaded Cross Stitch Supplies
Beaded Cross Stitch Supplies

Assembling Your Own Kit for Beaded Cross Stitch

Many of these project 'kits' will need to be put together by using the recommendations on this page. Take the time to read each items description in case something has changed since the time we hand picked these items.

To widen the options for beaded cross stitch we have pulled designs from traditional cross stitch kits or books and show examples of how to use the beaded cross stitch techniques so you can create a unique work of art.

Cross Stitch Beading Tip:

You can always adapt a non-beaded pattern to a beaded pattern if you find one you like.

Most Popular Whimsical Reptile Theme - This design is the Janlynn 15 x 11 inch mythical dragon design

Janlynn Cross Stitch Kit, 15-Inch by 11-Inch, Mythical Dragon Picture
Janlynn Cross Stitch Kit, 15-Inch by 11-Inch, Mythical Dragon Picture

You will get everything you need except the beads.

Mythical Dragon cross stitch kit contains 14-count Black cotton Aida fabric

6-Strand cotton floss

Includes blending filament

Includes needle

Graph and Instructions


Cross Stitch Beading Supplies Tips

When you combine the beaded cross stitch techniques using a traditional 'no-bead' kit you will need to make sure you buy the beads for your project based on the colors in the design.

Also make sure you have the right needles and threads for the bead work.

Important Note: White beads are not "clear"

When you want the color of the design to show through a bead you will want to buy the clear (crystal clear) beads (shown later after the white beads). You can use the crystal clear beads with clear beading thread for vivid designs so most of the color will show through.

Clear beading is ideal for complex designs with a lot of vivid colors you would like to preserve without buying a lot of colored beads.

By now, I suspect you understand the beauty of beaded texture and having a remarkable color design. Next, you may wish to test the clear beads with colored beading thread or clear beading thread with colored beads to get the results you want for your project. Each project will be different depending on the desired final appearance.

Beautiful Animals

You will need beads and beading thread for the following kits or patterns.

Accenting with Beads

Cross Stitched Insects with Beads Adds Such Beauty and Dimension

Butterflies, Dragonflies, Bees, and all Insects Make Great Subjects for Bead Embellishment

Insects have eyes and natural markings that make it really easy to see the perfect spots for seed bead placement!

Accenting a Dragonfly with Beads

For these Dragonflies, I would use black seed beads for their eyes, or perhaps the eyespots on their wings.

With this particular kit, placing matching red seed beads on the berries would also be an excellent way to embellish this cross stitch picture. If I could not easily match the berry red in seed beads, I would simply use the clear seed beads.

Accenting a Butterfly with Beads

For this Butterfly, I would use black seed beads on the black line along the edge of the wings.

I would also use tiny black seed beads on his body and for the tips of his antenna.

A truly simple embellishment!

Highlighting Areas

Pick Out One Area or Color to Embellish with Beads

Highlighting Areas with Beads

This beauty just calls to me!

I would add white seed beads sporadically in the snow and snowflakes to highlight his surroundings. I would also place clear seed beads in the irises of his eyes to accentuate the beautiful blue color.

Dimensions Needlecrafts Counted Cross Stitch, Snow Leopard
Dimensions Needlecrafts Counted Cross Stitch, Snow Leopard

Kit contains:

Cotton thread and Color-coded thread sorter

14-count ivory Aida

Needle & Instructions

Glass Seed Beads Would Need to Be Purchased Separately

Clear Glass Seed Beads

White Glass Seed Beads



It would be a sheer joy to create and embellish this beautiful cross stitch kit!

There are so many options for embellishing this gorgeous cross stitch masterpiece. After studying it for some time, I would recommend adding clear seed beads to the yellow/gold sections of the peacock tail feathers.

I could also easily see adding seed beads to the flowers in the pot where the peacock is resting.

I would choose to embellish either the peacock tail or the flowers. I would not embellish both. For such a tranquil image, I believe that it would simply be too much to do both.

Dimensions Needlecrafts Gold Collection Counted Cross Stitch, Majestic Peacock
Dimensions Needlecrafts Gold Collection Counted Cross Stitch, Majestic Peacock

Kit contains:

Cotton thread and thread palette

14-count ivory Aida


Easy instructions.


Helpful Videos

Cross Stitch and Beaded Cross Stitch Step by Step Tutorials

The Beaded Cross Stitch Tutorial is Specifically for A Beaded Ghost Pin, but the Beading Instructions would be the same for any cross stitch beading project.

How to Make a Halloween Beaded Cross Stitch Pin

A Halloween beaded cross stitch pin makes a great treat for your special little trick or treater. For me, the special trick or treaters have always been my own children. The featured pin in this article was made for my son.

How to Cross Stitch

Cross Stitch is one of the easiest ways to make beautiful artwork. It requires very little practice to create heirloom quality pictures that can be framed, made into pillows, bookmarks or any number of other sewing projects.

Find A Design

Now you will want to find a design for your project.

Pick a Pattern and Add Beads

Cluny Tapestry Cross Stitch Rabbit Pattern

I often find cross stitch patterns that I love, but are not available in kits. This Cluny Tapestry Rabbit is the perfect example!

Simply purchase the pattern, the threads/floss and accent beads. On this little tapestry rabbit, I would add a black seed bead for his eye and clear seed beads in the center of each flower. By adding the beading detail, I will turn this historic treasure into a personal heirloom!

Premium Black & White counted cross stitch chart

126 x 153 stitches; about 7" x 8" (on 18-count fabric not included)

65 colors (charted for DMC floss)

Coil bound to lie flat

Designs in Books

You can find a design for just about anyone who loves animals, insects, birds or reptiles. You can use graphs to apply designs to your choice of fabrics, purchase your thread and beads separately to make your own project kit.

Animals in Cross Stitch
Animals in Cross Stitch

This book has 128 pages of totally awesome animals!



Making a cross stitch project for anyone who love dogs or cats is easy with this delightful collection of cross stitch designs with dog or cat themes. You will find designs for your beaded cross stitch projects which are cute and elegant.

Beaded Cross Stitch Kits That Include the Beads

Everything Needed to Complete the Picture is Included

At first glance, you may wonder why I included the Fall Fairy Cross Stitch Kit on this page, but if you look closely you will see there are butterflies mixed in the leaves on this cross stitch picture.

It is always wonderful when a cross stitch picture kit that we simply adore already contains everything we need, including beads.

These kits make it exceptionally easy to create an embellished masterpiece! The instructions tell us exactly where and what color bead to place in a specific spot for that desired dramatic effect.

This beautiful angel is part of the Dimensions Gold collection which I have found to be truly exquisite because of their masterful combination of color, beauty, and embellishments. Often they include metallic tread and/or beads with eye catching placement to reflect the emphasis or light in a picture.

Beware though, you will fall in love with the Dimension kits :)

Thank you for stopping by!

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~ Sylvestermouse ~

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© 2012 Cynthia Sylvestermouse

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i have never tried on beads, usually threads, wonderful hub

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      DtKnight 3 years ago

      Wow, that dragon is incredible. This lens has inspired me to learn more about cross stitching and how to do it. I had no idea that there was so much potential for artistic expression and excellence in that particular endeavor. Great lens!

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      Mary Beth Granger 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I haven't cross stitched in years, but your excellent lenses are making me think about taking it up again. Now to find the time :)

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      NYtoSCimjustme 4 years ago

      I used to do cross stitch a long time ago - these lovely beaded kits almost have me wanting to give it another go - love that peacock!

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      Lisa Morris 4 years ago

      I love the snow leopard and the peacock. Great choices for animals beaded cross stitch kits. Blessings.

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