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Two layers of herringbone petals take shape around a central button for a cute flower component with vintage appeal. Join a few flowers with two-hole buttons, glass pearls, and metal leaves to create a necklace with classic style.

SUPPLIES

Necklace 16 in. (41 cm)

  • 4 15 mm shank buttons
  • 15 15 mm two-hole buttons
  • 12 11.5 mm two-hole buttons
  • 2 13 x 19 mm oval glass accent beads
  • glass pearls (maroon)
  • 8 12 mm
  • 12 8 mm
  • 196 3 mm
  • 4 13 x 20 mm metal leaf stampings*
  • 3 7 x 15 mm metal leaf stampings*
  • 5–8 g 11/0 seed beads, color A  (Toho 330, gold-lustered rust)
  • 3–5 g 11/0 seed beads, color B (Toho 221, bronze)
  • nylon beading thread, size D, or Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #10

*For a selection of metal leaf stampings similar to the ones the designer used, visit vintagejewelrysupplies.com and bsueboutiques.com.

INSTRUCTIONS

Buttoned up style Figure 1
Figure 1
Buttoned up style Figure 2
Figure 2
Buttoned up style Figure 3
Figure 3

Two-layer flowers

Top layer

1. On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of thread or Fireline, pick up eight 3 mm glass pearls, leaving an 8-in. (20 cm) tail. Tie the beads into a ring with a square knot, leaving a bit of slack between the beads. Sew through the first 3 mm in the ring.

2. Pick up two 3 mms, and sew through the next 3 mm in the ring (FIGURE 1, a–b). Repeat this step around the ring, and step up through the first 3 mm added in this step (b–c).

3. Keeping your tension relatively loose, work the top layer of the flower in tubular herringbone stitch as follows, stepping up after each round:

Round 3: Work eight stitches with two 3 mms per stitch (c–d).

Round 4: Work eight stitches with two 3 mms per stitch, but sew down and up through two 3 mms at a time (FIGURE 2, a–b).

Round 5: Pick up a color B 11/0 seed bead, a 3 mm, and a B, and sew down through the next two 3 mms (b–c). Pick up a color A 11/0 seed bead, and sew up through the top two 3 mms in the next column (c–d). Repeat these two stitches to complete the round (d–e). After adding the last A, sew through the beadwork to exit a 3 mm in round 2 (figure 3, point a).

Bottom layer and center

1. Working off the 3 mms added in step 2, stitch the bottom layer of the flower in tubular herringbone as follows, stepping up after each round:

Round 1: Work a round using two As per stitch (a–b). 

Round 2: Work a stitch with two As, pick up an A, and sew up through the first A in the next stitch of the previous round (b–c). Repeat these two stitches to complete the round (c–d).

Round 3: Work a stitch with two As, pick up two As, and sew up through the first A in the next stitch of the previous round (d–e). Repeat these two stitches to complete the round (e–f).

Round 4: Using the increase pairs of As added in round 3 as the base for every other stitch, work a round with 16 stitches using two As per stitch (f–g).

Buttoned up style Figure 4
Figure 4

Round 5: Work a round with 16 stitches using two As per stitch (g–h).

Round 6: Work 16 stitches using a B, an A, and a B for each stitch (h–i).

2. Sew through the beadwork to exit a 3 mm in the center ring with the needle pointing up from the top layer.

3. Sew through the shank of a button, then sew back through the center opening of the flower. Sew through one hole of a 15 mm two-hole button, pick up three As, sew through the other hole of the button, and sew through the center of the flower again (FIGURE 4). Retrace the thread path a couple of times, and end the working thread and tail

4. Make a total of three two-layer flowers.

Buttoned up style Figure 5
Figure 5

Necklace

1. Add 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread to one of the flowers, and exit an A at the tip of a bottom layer petal. 

2. Pick up a B, an 8 mm pearl, and a B, and sew through the A at the tip of a bottom layer petal on another flower (FiGURE 5, a–b). Sew back through the three new beads and the petal your thread exited at the start of this step, and sew through the next four bottom layer petals as shown (b–c). 

3. Pick up two Bs, an A, a B, an 11.5 mm two-hole button, two 15 mm two-hole buttons, an 11.5 mm button, a B, an A, and two Bs. Skip three petals from the top connection with the other flower, and sew through the A at the tip of the next petal (c–d).

4. Pick up two Bs, and sew back through the next A. Pick up a B, and sew back through the remaining holes of all four buttons. Pick up a B, and sew through the next A. Pick up two Bs, and sew through the tip A again (d–e). End the thread.

5. Repeat steps 1–4 to connect the third flower to the previous two (f–g), leaving three petals between the top and bottom connections.

6. Add 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread to one of the side flowers, exiting the tip of the fourth petal from the top connection. Pick up four Bs, sew through the A at the tip of the flower petal again, and continue through the first two Bs just added. Pick up beads and buttons as shown (h–i). Sew through the last eight Bs and the clasp button again (i–j).

7. Sew back through the next nine beads, exiting the first B after the nearest 12 mm pearl (j–k). Pick up a B, sew through the next group of buttons, pick up a B, skip a B, and sew through the following nine beads (k–l). Pick up a B, sew through the next group of buttons, pick up a B, skip a B, and sew through the following five beads (l–m). End the thread.

8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 on the other side of the necklace, but instead of picking up eight Bs and a clasp button at the end of step 6, make a loop of Bs to fit around the button. Retrace the thread path through the loop before sewing back through this side of the necklace.

Buttoned up style Figure 6
Figure 6
Buttoned up style Figure 7
Figure 7

Fringe

1. Add 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread to the middle flower, exiting an A in a petal that is adjacent to the center petal on the bottom layer (FIGURE 6, point a).

2. Pick up a 13 x 20 mm leaf, four As, an 8 mm pearl, and a B, and sew back through the 8 mm and the next three As (a–b).

3. Pick up four As and three Bs, skip the Bs, and sew back through the last three As (b–c). Pick up three As and three Bs, skip the Bs, and sew back through the last three As, the two As added previously that you haven’t sewn back through, and the leaf (c–d).

4. Sew back through the A your thread exited at the start of this fringe, and continue through the adjacent bead to exit the next column. Pick up a 7 x 15 mm leaf and three Bs. Skip the Bs, and sew back through the leaf and into the beadwork (d–e).   

5. Sew through the beadwork to exit the petal on the other side of the center petal on the bottom layer, and add another fringe as shown in FIGURE 7. End the thread.

6. Add 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread to one of the side flowers, exiting the sixth petal from the bottom connection point. Work as in steps 2–4 to add a single fringe. End the thread. Repeat this step on the other side flower.

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