Hey everyone! It’s only recently that I have started working with beads in embroidery pieces, so I am by no means very experienced; however, I have had a blast getting to know more about this more free-form, alternate bead craft.
In today’s post, I will share pictures of the Cherry Blossom Festival bead embroidered pendant being created, step-by-step. While this isn’t my normal video tutorial format, I hope this information still helps you to identify how this piece has undergone its transformation. If you have any questions about anything I haven’t mentioned, please feel free to leave a comment below!
Materials List (1 Pendant):
✔ L2Studio Trapezoid Cabochon (rozenquarzid)
✔ 2mm Fire Polish Beads (opaque topaz pink luster)
✔ 60 – Mini Dagger Beads (opaque topaz pink luster)
✔ 46 – Miyuki Half Tila Beads (picasso opaque seafoam)
✔ 4g – 11/0 Round Seed Beads (dk. bronze)
✔ 2g – 15/0 Round Seed Beads (galvanized magenta)
✔ 1 – 8mm Nacre Pearl Cabochon (lt. Cream Rose)
✔ Glue, such as E6000
✔ Non-woven felt fabric, or other embroidery backing material
✔ Stabilizer, such as recycled cardboard, or thick fabric material to layer in between the beadwork
✔ Fabric for the backing – faux leather, ultrasuede, etc.
✔ Embroidery hoop (optional)
I think the L2Studio trapezoid pendants are excellent candidates for bead embroidery, due to their flat shape and large size. I was itching to use one of these in an embroidery project, as well as the sparkling Preciosa cup chain. The aqua colored crystals make for a beautiful contrast to the deep, rosy pink of the pendant, and coordinate well with the Half Tila beads.
Step-by-Step Creation Process:
Step 1: I used a piece of non-woven acrylic craft felt as the base for my beadwork, which I trimmed it to fit into my embroidery hoop. Next, I pulled the fabric taught, and glued the cabochon in the center with a few dots of a fabric-safe craft glue, such as E6000. A couple of hours passed to let the glue dry a bit before I continued working on the piece.
Step 2: With a comfortable length of beading thread, on a size 11 beading needle, I began to add a single row of Miyuki 11/0 round seed beads to the perimeter of the cabochon. In general, I used the back-stitch technique, and typically added three new beads at a time.
Step 3: Cup chain made up the next layer, surrounding the perimeter of the cabochon. I kept the original length of the chain in tact, then began tacking down the segments with my thread, in between each crystal setting. As I sewed, I kept the segments of cup chain as evenly spaced as possible, since it has a tendency to slide either closer, or further apart. Once I reached the end of the section, and each segment had been sewn into place, I trimmed the excess length of chain. Next, I secured the ends of the chain together, where they meet, looping around the first and last crystal settings, several times.
Step 4: The next layer of beadwork around the perimeter was completed using Miyuki 15/0 round seed beads. Once again, I used the back-stitch technique, and incorporated approximately 3-4 new beads each time.
Step 5: I added an additional layer of the magenta colored 15/0 seed beads around the top of the pendant for additional security since I chose not to build up the first row of 11/0 seed beads with peyote stitch. These beads were added using the square stitch technique, and secured to the row of 11/0 seed beads below.
Step 6: For the final layer of beads around the perimeter, I added a single row of Miyuki Half Tila beads with their wider side sew directly next to the existing beadwork.
Step 7: After securing my working thread by making several knots towards the back of the piece, I carefully removed the embroidery hoop. Then, I trimmed around the beadwork, leaving about a quarter of an inch of the backing in place.
Step 8: In the middle of this picture is a piece of an old bead mat, which I cut slightly smaller than the size of the beaded layer. That piece will be used as a light padding in between the beaded portion and the final backing.
The piece on the far right is faux leather fabric, which I cut to match the exact size of the bead-embroidered felt fabric.
Step 9: I glued the padding to the back of the bead embroidery, and let it dry for a little while.
Then, with a few more beads of glue, I attached the faux leather to the padding.
Here’s a view of the side of the pendant with its layers of padding and backing glued into place. I made sure that the layers were centered, and everything lined up properly before the pieces began to dry.
Step 10: Once the glue was dry, I came back in with a pair of sharp scissors and snipped the top and bottom layers of fabric more closely to the beadwork, leaving only about an eighth of an inch. I was careful not to trim too close to the beadwork, or existing threads.
Next, I secured a needle to the top fabric, directly next to one of the Half Tila beads.
Step 11: I carefully sewed the edges of the top and bottom layers together using the brick stitch technique with additional 11/0 seed beads. I paid close attention to the locations where my needle entered and exited, especially on the faux leather, so the stitches were uniform and as tiny as possible.
Here is a picture of the pendant, now that the fabric has been stitched together, and the entire piece is framed neatly with a row of 11/0 seed beads.
This is a picture of the back of the pendant with the faux leather stitched into place.
Step 12: I added one more round of beads to the perimeter of the pendant, using the surrounding 11/0 seed beads as an anchor.
Bottom third of the pendant: With my needle exiting an 11/0, I picked up (2) Mini Dagger beads, then sewed up through the next 11/0. I repeated this step until I was ready to change beads.
Middle: Similar process, but picked up (1) 2mm, (1) 15/0, and (1) 2mm, and skipped over one 11/0 each time.
Top: Added (3) 15/0 in between every two 11/0 seed beads.
Step-by-Step Bail Creation Process:
Step 1: I began with (20) 11/0 A, then sewed through them again, a couple of times, to form a loop.
Step 2: At this point, I decided to weave in the tail thread.
Next, I picked up (1) 11/0 B, and sewed back through the same 11/0 A, plus five more. I repeated this three more times.
Then, I stepped up through the first 11/0 B.
Step 3: Then, I picked up (4) 15/0, and sewed through the next 11/0 B. Repeated this three more times, and then exited from the 11/0 A directly below.
Step 4: I picked up (1) 15/0, then sewed through the same 11/0 A, plus the next five. Repeated this three more times.
Then I stepped up through the first 15/0.
Step 5: Insert the Cabochon face-down.
Pick up (5) 15/0, then sew through the next 15/0. Repeat three more times. Begin tightening the beads around the back of the Cab.
Next, sew around the new groups of 15/0 beads only, at least once more, skipping the beads in each of the four corners. Exit from a 15/0 before a corner bead.
Next, pick up (1) 11/0 B, then skip the corner 15/0, and sew through the next (5) 15/0. Repeat three more times.
Step 6: In this step I picked up (1) HT and (3) 15/0, then sewed through the open hole of the same HT.
Next, I picked up (1) HT, (3) 15/0, and sewed through the open hole of the same HT. Then I followed the thread path to exit from the bottom hole of a HT.
Next, I picked up (1) 11/0 B, (1) 2mm, (1) 11/0 B, and (1) HT, then sewed through the next 11/0 B.
I repeated a similar process to what is described in step 6, to add the same sequence of beads all around the base of the piece.
Step 7: I followed the thread path in order to exit from the top hole of a HT.
Then, I picked up (3) HT, and sewed through the top holes of the (2) HT positioned directly across.
I sewed through the open holes of the new (3) HT, then sewed around this entire section again at least two more times.
Step 8: Using two sets of (2) 2mm, I connected the beaded bail with the main pendant in the two areas, as shown.
Contents of Cherry Blossom Festival:
- 12mm Cushion Cut (2) – Light Peach
- 8mm Rivoli (6) – Rose
- 8mm Nacre Pearl Cab (6) – Lt. Cream Rose
- 4mm Bicone (25) – Rose Opal
- 4mm Pearls (25) – Pearlescent Cream
- Preciosa Pear Pearls (6) – Lt. Cream Rose
- 2.1mm Rhinestone Cupchain – Aqua Bohemica
Miyuki Seed Beads:
- 11/0 Delica: Metallic Steel Green
- 11/0 Round: Rose Silver Lined Alabaster
- 11/0 Round: Dark Bronze
- 15/0 Round: Matte Met. Olive Green
- 15/0 Round: Galvanized Magenta
- Half-Tila: Picasso Opaque Seafoam
- Quarter-Tila: Lt. Rose Luster
- Dagger – Opaque Topaz Pink Luster
- Mini GemDuo – Jet Bronze
- Vexolo – Alabaster Green Luster
- 3mm Apatite Faceted Gemstones
- Mini Dagger Beads – Opaque Topaz Pink Luster
- 2mm Fire Polish Rounds – Opaque Topaz Pink Luster
French Ear Wire Findings – Leaf Detail
Gold Flower Toggle Clasp
Pink Enamel Earring Posts
Cherry Blossom Festival Tutorials:
Learn how to make a pair of beaded earrings with 14mm etched lotus crystal cabochons. This design incorporates the rose opal Preciosa bicones, Miyuki Quarter Tila, 2mm Fire Polish, and 11/0 and 15/0 Seed Beads.
Learn how to make this floral bracelet by creating individual blossoms, made with 8mm crystal rivolis, half tila, mini dagger, Delica, and seed beads. String the individual blossoms together, as shown, or use them to create earrings, a necklace, and more.
Learn how to create a perfectly fitting beaded bezel for these special, handmade L2Studio Trapezoid Pendants! We will use peyote stitch in the round to weave 11/0 Miyuki Delica Beads and 15/0 Round Seed Beads together, surrounding the piece. Then we will create a bail, and lightly embellish the top of the piece.
I’ll show you how to create a beaded bezel around an 8mm Preciosa Nacre Pearl Cabochon with a variety of high quality Miyuki seed beads. Then, we will surround the bezel with layers of lush Mini Dagger beads, and additional seed beads, to produce the look of petals. Finally, we will create a very simple, slim ring band using the flat herringbone beading stitch.
Click on the link above to see the corresponding blog post where I have shared step-by-step images, and instructions, showing how this bead embroidered pendant was created. I also shared info and images about the creation of the beaded bail, which may be used to attach to the silk cord that was included in the box.
Learn how to make an original multi-component statement necklace.
First learn how to create component #1, which includes a bezel made of Vexolo beads, 4mm pearls, and seed beads, surrounding an 8mm nacre pearl cabochon. Next, we will make component #2, which includes a cushion cut crystal stone, and a seed bead bezel.
A combination of these components will be put together, then we will create a beaded chain with seed beads and Mini GemDuo beads.