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Beaded buttons

Embellish a pointed-back Swarovski round stone crystal with cylinders and seed beads

Looking for a quick-to-stitch project that will add sparkle to your favorite sweater? These buttons might be just the touch you need. You can also incorporate them into a bracelet or necklace.

SUPPLIES

Beaded button

  • Swarovski round stone, stone size 45 (10 mm) (beadsgonewild.com)
  • 1 g size 11/0 cylinder beads
  • 1 g size 15/0 seed beads
  • nylon beading thread or Fireline 4 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12

INSTRUCTIONS

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Figure 1
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Beaded button
(PHOTO A)

1. On 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread or Fireline, pick up four cylinder beads, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Sew through the cylinders again to form a ring, and continue through the first cylinder.

2. Work seven rounds of increasing circular peyote stitch as follows to form the base of the button:

Round 2: Pick up a cylinder, and sew through the next cylinder. Repeat three times. Step up through the first cylinder picked up in this round (FIGURE 1, a–b).

Round 3: Pick up two cylinders, and sew through the next cylinder. Repeat around, and step up through the first two cylinders picked up in this round (b–c).

Round 4: Pick up one cylinder, and sew through the next two cylinders. Repeat around, and step up through the first cylinder picked up in this round (c–d). Snug up the cylinders.

Round 5: Pick up two cylinders, and sew through the next cylinder. Repeat around, and step up through the first cylinder of the first pair of cylinders picked up in this round (d–e). Snug up the cylinders.

Round 6: Pick up a cylinder, and sew through the second cylinder of the pair. Pick up a cylinder, and sew through the first cylinder of the next pair. Repeat around, and step up through the first cylinder picked up in this round (FIGURE 2, a–b).

Round 7: Pick up two cylinders, and sew through the next cylinder. Repeat around, and step up through the first two cylinders picked up in this round (b–c).

Round 8: Pick up a cylinder, and sew through the next two cylinders. Repeat around, and step up through the first cylinder picked up in this round (c–d).

3. Rounds 9–12 will enclose the round stone crystal.

Round 9: Pick up a cylinder, a 15/0 seed bead, and a cylinder, and sew through the next cylinder. Repeat around, and step up through the first three beads picked up in this round (FIGURE 3, a–b).

Round 10: Pick up a cylinder, and sew through the next three beads. Repeat around, and step up through the first cylinder picked up in this round (b–c). Insert the round stone crystal into the beadwork, and hold it in place as you work rounds 11 and 12.

Round 11: Pick up two cylinders, and sew through the next cylinder. Repeat around, and step up through the first two cylinders picked up in this round (c–d). Snug up the cylinders. 

Round 12: Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the next two cylinders. Repeat around, and step up through the first 15/0 picked up in this round (d–e). If you are not adding a shank to your button, secure the tails with a few half-hitch knots (Basics), and trim.

4. You may choose one of two options to make the button shank.

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Option 1: Weave the working thread through the beadwork to the base of the beaded button. Exit one of the beads in the first round. Pick up enough 15/0s or cylinders to make the desired size shank, and sew through the cylinder opposite the cylinder the thread exited (FIGURE 4, a–b). Pick up the same number of beads as in the first loop, and sew through the opposite cylinder (b–c). Retrace the thread path to reinforce the loops. Secure the tails, and trim.

Option 2: Weave through the beadwork, and exit one of the beads in the first round. Pick up enough 15/0s or cylinders to make the desired size shank, and sew through the same cylinder again in the same direction (FIGURE 5, a–b). Sew through the next two cylinders in the first round (b–c). Pick up the same number of beads as in the first loop, and sew through the cylinder again in the same direction (c–d). Sew through the next cylinder (d–e). Retrace the thread path to reinforce the loops. Secure the tails, and trim.

Variations

Create your own variation of the basic beaded button. These suggestions will help you design your own button.

Follow the instructions in steps 1 and 2 to work rounds 1–8 to start each beaded button. Rounds 9–12 may be varied to create unique buttons.

  • Vary the number of 15/0s or cylinders you pick up, and sew through one or two up-beads in the previous round.
  • Step up through one or both of the beads in the first set in the previous round.
  • Alternate rounds of peyote or three-bead netting (How-Tos). If working in three-bead netting, sew through the middle bead of each set, and step up through the first two beads of the first set to begin the next round.

Each time you pick up a set of beads, repeat the set seven times to complete the round. After you have completed the last round, attach the button shank as described in step 4, secure the tails, and trim.

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Variation example (PHOTO B)

Round 9: Pick up a cylinder, a 15/0, and a cylinder, and sew through the next cylinder. Repeat around, and step up through the first three beads.

Round 10: Pick up one cylinder, and sew through the next three beads. Repeat around, and step up through the first cylinder.

Round 11: Pick up three 15/0s, and sew through the next cylinder. Repeat around, and step up through the first two 15/0s.

Round 12: Pick up two 15/0s, and sew through the next middle 15/0. Repeat around.

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