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Neon floral pin

Light up the night with a floral pin featuring Czech glass beads at their brightest!
Neon floral pin Color key

SUPPLIES 

Pin 1 3⁄4 x 3 in. (4.4 x 7.6 cm)

  • Preciosa traditional Czech beads
  • 1 6 mm glass pearl (shiny black)
  • 2 g 10/0 seed beads in each of 2 colors: A and B (neon pink, orange, yellow, or green)
  • 3 g 11/0 seed beads (shiny black)
  • stick pin or hat pin finding with perforated disk (Beadalon, silver; www.joann.com)
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #10–12

INSTRUCTIONS

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First petal

1. On a comfortable length of thread, pick up two 11/0 seed beads. Sew through both 11/0s again, leaving a 16-in. (41 cm) tail, and position the beads so they sit side by side. This is row 1 of the first petal. Exit the first 11/0  so that your working thread is pointing opposite the tail (FIGURE 1).

2. Work row 2 of the petal in brick stitch as follows:

  • Pick up two 11/0s, sew under the thread bridge between the two beads in row 1, and sew back up through the second 11/0 just added (FIGURE 2, a–b).
  • Pick up an 11/0, sew under the thread bridge between the two beads in row 1, and sew back up through the 11/0 just added (b–c).

3. Work row 3 of the petal in brick stitch as follows, noting the different terms for each kind of stitch:

  • Increase start stitch: Pick up two 11/0s, sew under the last thread bridge in the previous row, and sew back up through the second 11/0 just added (FIGURE 3, a–b).
  • Regular stitch: Pick up an 11/0, sew under the next thread bridge in the previous row, and sew back up through the 11/0 just added (b–c).
  • Increase end stitch: Pick up an 11/0, sew under the same thread bridge as in the previous regular stitch, and sew back up through the 11/0 just added (c–d).

4. Work in rows as follows, using the beads indicated after the (:) for each stitch. Refer to FIGURE 4 as needed.

Row 4:

  • Increase start stitch: two 11/0s
  • Two regular stitches: color A 10/0 seed bead, 11/0
  • Increase end stitch: 11/0

Row 5:

  • Increase start stitch: two 11/0s
  • Three regular stitches: A, A, 11/0
  • Increase end stitch: 11/0

Row 6:

  • Decrease start stitch: Pick up two 11/0s, sew under the second-to-last thread bridge in the previous row, and sew back up through the second 11/0 just added. Sew through both beads to align them, and exit the second 11/0.
  • Three regular stitches: A, 11/0, 11/0

Row 7:

  • Increase start stitch: two 11/0s
  • Three regular stitches: A, A, 11/0
  • Increase end stitch: 11/0

Row 8:

  • Increase start stitch: two 11/0s
  • Four regular stitches: A, A, A, 11/0
  • Increase end stitch: 11/0

Row 9:

  • Increase start stitch: two 11/0s
  • Five regular stitches: A, A, A, A, 11/0
  • Increase end stitch: 11/0

Row 10:

  • Decrease start stitch: two 11/0s
  • Five regular stitches: A, A, A, 11/0, 11/0

Row 11:

  • Decrease start stitch: two 11/0s
  • Four regular stitches: A, A, 11/0, 11/0

Row 12:

  • Decrease start stitch: two 11/0s
  • Three regular stitches: A, 11/0, 11/0

Row 13:

  • Decrease start stitch: two 11/0s
  • Two regular stitches: 11/0, 11/0

Row 14:

  • Decrease start stitch: two 11/0s
  • Regular stitch: 11/0

Row 15:

  • Decrease start stitch: two 11/0s

Row 16:

  • Pick up an 11/0, and sew through the edge beads to exit an 11/0 from step 1.

Next petal

The next petal follows the same basic pattern as for the first petal except that it shares the edge beads from the first petal for rows 1–5. End and add thread as needed.

1. Pick up an 11/0, and sew down through the 11/0 your thread exited at the start of this step. Retrace the thread path, exiting the new bead. This new bead and the shared bead from the first petal are row 1 of the next petal. Sew through the next edge 11/0 of the first petal (FIGURE 5).

2. Work in rows as follows:

Row 2:

  • Regular stitch: 11/0 (FIGURE 6, a–b)
  • Increase end stitch: 11/0 (b–c)

Row 3:

  • Increase start stitch: two 11/0s (FIGURE 7, a–b)
  • Regular stitch: 11/0 (b–c)
  • Join and turn: Without adding any beads, sew down through the adjacent edge 11/0 of the first petal, sew up through the last bead added in this row, and continue through the next edge 11/0 of the first petal (FIGURE 8).

Row 4:

  • Three regular stitches: 11/0, color B 10/0 seed bead, 11/0
  • Increase end stitch: 11/0

Row 5:

  • Increase start stitch: two 11/0s
  • Three regular stitches: B, B, 11/0
  • Sew through the beadwork as shown in figure 9 to exit the adjacent edge 11/0 of the first petal. This ends the shared portion of the petals.

3. Work as in rows 6–16 of “First petal,” substituting Bs for the As and exiting the first 11/0 added in step 1 of this petal.

Keep going!

Continue working steps 1–6 of “Next petal” until you have a total of five petals. End and add thread as needed, and alternate As and Bs in the center of each petal. The first, third, and fifth petals should have a color A center.

Last petal

The last petal follows the same basic pattern as for the other petals except that it shares the edge beads from the first and fifth petals for rows 1–5. 

1. With your thread exiting the first 11/0 added in the fifth petal, sew up through the corresponding 11/0 in the first petal and down through the 11/0 from the fifth petal. Retrace the thread path, exiting the 11/0 from the first petal. These two shared 11/0s are row 1 of the last petal. Sew through the next edge 11/0 along the first petal (FIGURE 10).

2. Work in rows as follows:

Row 2:

  • Regular stitch: 11/0 
  • Join and turn: Without adding any new beads, sew down through the adjacent edge 11/0 of the nearest petal, sew up through the 11/0 added in this row, and continue through the next edge 11/0 of the nearest petal (FIGURE 11).

Row 3:

  • Two regular stitches: 11/0, 11/0
  • Join and turn

Row 4:

  • Three regular stitches: 11/0, B, 11/0
  • Join and turn

Row 5:

  • Four regular stitches: 11/0, B, B, 11/0
  • Sew through the beadwork as shown in FIGURE 9 to exit the adjacent edge 11/0 of the nearest petal. This ends the shared portion of the petals.

3. Work as in rows 6–16 of “First petal.” Sew through all the edge beads of the completed flower, and pull the thread so that the petals cup slightly. End the working thread.

Finishing

1. With the tail exiting an 11/0 at the base of the first petal, sew through the center opening of the flower. Pick up a 6 mm pearl and five 11/0s, skip the last 11/0, and sew back through the remaining beads just added. Sew through the first 11/0 at the base of the next petal, turn, and sew through the next 11/0 at the base of the following petal, exiting the center opening. Retrace the thread path through the beads added in this step, anchoring them to the 11/0s at the base of each remaining petal.

2. Place the perforated disk of the stick pin on the back of the flower. Sewing through the outer holes of the disk, tack the flower to the disk until it is secure. End the tail.

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