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Beaded Locket

Transform your favorite photos into tiny treasures using three easy techniques
Beaded Lockets

SUPPLIES

One locket or picture frame

  • Page Pebble approx. 7⁄8 x 5⁄8 in. (2.2 x 1.6cm) oval or approx. 1 in. (2.5cm) round (scrapbooking or craft stores)
  • Ultrasuede
  • small photograph
  • Japanese seed beads
    • 5g size 11/0, each of three colors (A, B, C)
    • 5g size 15/0, each of two colors (D and E)
  • Lacy’s Stiff Stuff
  • E6000 glue
  • pin finding (optional)
  • beading needles, #12 or 13
  • Nymo, size B or D

Cover (optional)

  • 3 x 5mm bead (or a round bead if using a round Page Pebble)
  • Japanese seed beads
    • 1g size 11/0, each of three colors (A, B, C)
    • 1g size 15/0, color D

Editor’s note:  I omitted the cover on the blue frame below so it can sit on a little stand instead of being used as a locket. To reinforce the points, work an extra D bead between the herringbone stitches after step 9 to keep the points in place.

INSTRUCTIONS
Beaded Lockets a
Photo a

Picture frame

1. Place the adhesive side of the Page Pebble over the desired area of the photo. Trim the photo flush with the edge of the plastic dome. Trace the outline of the outer edge onto a piece of Stiff Stuff and trim it one bead’s width away from the line. Trim the Ultrasuede the same size as the plastic dome (PHOTO A). Set aside the dome and Ultrasuede.

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Figure 1
Beaded Lockets b
Photo b
2. Knot the end of a 2-yd. (1.8m) length of thread, leaving a 6-in. (15cm) tail. Sew from the back to the front of the Stiff Stuff between the line and the edge. Pick up two As and sew through to the back, two bead’s width away from the knot. Sew back through the first A (FIGURE 1, a–b and PHOTO B). 
Beaded Lockets c
Photo c

Sew through the second A and back up to the front, one bead’s width away from the second A (b–c and PHOTO C).

3. Pick up an A, sew through the previous A, and back up the new A (c–d). Pick up an A, sew down to the back one bead’s width away from the previous A, and then up to the front one bead’s width away from the previous A (d–e). 

4. Repeat step 3 around the line marking the circumference of the dome, ending with an even number of beads. Sew through the first bead in the round.

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Figure 2
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Figure 3

5. Pick up two Ds and work a round of brick stitch  as follows: Sew through the thread bridge between the next two beads on the previous round and back up the second D (FIGURE 2, a–b). Pick up a D and sew through the next thread bridge and up through the new D (b–c). Repeat, adding one bead to each thread bridge. This round will fit snugly around the plastic dome.

6. Turn the two rounds of beads inside out and glue the photo into the middle of the Stiff Stuff. Work one more row of brick stitch using Ds. To snug up the beads even more around the Page Pebble, you can substitute a round of one-bead edging in place of a row of brick stitch (FIGURE 3, a–b), which is shown on both round frames.

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Figure 4
Beaded Lockets d
Photo d
7. Exit one of the A beads on the first round with the needle pointing towards the front side. Pick up two As and begin Ndebele herringbone by sewing down through the next A in the base round (FIGURE 4, a–b and PHOTO D).
Beaded Lockets e
Photo e
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Figure 5

Pick up two As and sew up through the next A in the base row (FIGURE 4, b–c, and PHOTO E). Continue to add a round of herringbone to both sides of the base row.

8. Exit an A bead on the front round of herringbone with the needle pointing toward the front side. Work a round of circular herringbone in color B. Exit the first B on the new round.

9. Work a third round of herringbone in color C, with the following change: Pick up two Cs and sew down through the next bead. Pick up an E and sew up through the next bead (FIGURE 5, a–b). Repeat to complete the round, exiting the first C added.

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Figure 6
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Figure 7

10. Work a fourth round of herringbone in color C with the following change: Pick up three beads instead of two, sew down through the next two beads on the previous round, the E added in step 9, and up the next two beads on the previous round (FIGURE 6, a–b). Repeat to complete the round. Secure the tails and trim.

11. Glue the Ultrasuede to the back of the locket. Secure a new thread and exit a bead in the herringbone round on the back. Work a round of herringbone using color E beads. 

12. Work another round of herringbone using only one E per stitch. Exit the first E added in this step.

13. Pick up an E and sew through the next E. Repeat to complete the round. If too much thread shows between the beads, pick up a B between each E in the round. 

14. To add a pin back, you must construct a strip of flat, even count peyote across the back of the locket (FIGURE 7, a–b). Sew the pin back to the peyote strip.

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Figure 8
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Figure 9
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Photo f

Cover

1. Start a 2-yd. length of thread. Sew through the 3 x 5mm bead three times to create two threads on the outside of the bead (FIGURE 8, a–b). 

2. Work a round of brick stitch off the threads along the outer edge of the big bead (b–c) using color D.

3. Work a round of brick stitch using color A. Work an increase for two rounds with color B and one increase round with color C. Work an increase round with color A. Add increase rows as needed until the cover completely covers the photo.

4. Work a round of picot edging with color D (FIGURE 9, a–b).

5. Make a loop of 11 Ds on the picot round (c–d) to fit over a point along the outer edge of the frame.

6. Sew around the picot edge and exit on the opposite side of the loop. Connect the locket to the frame in two places by picking up a D and sewing through one of the Es from step 9 (PHOTO F). Make sure the cover is centered over the frame. Adjust the number of beads used to attach the cover if necessary. Center the loop over a point on the frame to be used as the closure. Secure the threads and trim.

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