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Embroidered pinwheel pendant

Embellish an enamel cabochon with seed beads and crystals
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Use easy bead embroidery techniques to make a fun, enameled pendant that is perfect for jeans and a t-shirt!

SUPPLIES

seafoam/tan pendant 2 in. (5 cm)

  •  1 1 1⁄4 in. (3.2 cm) enamel cabochon
  • 20 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, Pacific opal)
  • 1g 8/0 seed beads (Miyuki 536, turquoise Ceylon)
  • 1g 11/0 seed beads (Miyuki 351, peach-lined aqua)
  • 1g 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 412, opaque turquoise green)
  • 1 42 in. (1.4 m) silk ribbon
  • nylon beading thread, size D
  • beading needles, #10
  • 1 2-in. (5 cm) piece of beading foundation
  • 2 2-in. (5 cm) pieces of Ultrasuede (tan)
  • E6000 adhesive
  • scissors

green/blue pendant colors (in how-to photos)

  • 1 1⁄4 in. (3.2 cm) enamel cabochon (bitter green, www.gardannebeads.etsy.com)
  • 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, crystal satin AB)
  • 8/0 seed beads (Toho 995, gold-lined rainbow aqua)
  • 11/0 seed beads (Toho 513F, higher metallic frosted carnival)
  • 15/0 seed beads (Toho 999, gold-lined rainbow black diamond)
  • Ultrasuede (teal blue)

Kits are available at www.beadmylove.com.

INSTRUCTIONS

Pendant

1. Cut a 2-in (5 cm) square of beading foundation and two 2-in (5 cm) squares of Ultrasuede. Apply a thin coat of E6000 around the perimeter of the beading foundation, and center a piece of Ultrasuede on top. Allow the glue to dry, and set the other piece of Ultrasuede aside for later.

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Photo A
2. Tie an overhand knot at the end of 1 yd. (.9 m) of conditioned thread. Center the enamel cabochon on the piece of glued Ultrasuede and foundation, and hold it in place. Sew up through the back of the foundation and Ultrasuede, exiting the center of an oval-shaped hole on the outer edge of the cab. Pick up a 3 mm crystal and a 15/0 seed bead (PHOTO A), and sew back through the crystal, Ultrasuede, and foundation. Pull the thread tight, and repeat this stitch seven times to add a crystalin each remaining hole. End the thread.
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PHOTO B

3. Tie an overhand knot at the end of 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread. Sew up through the back of the foundation and Ultrasuede, exiting near the outer edge of the cab. Work in beaded backstitch around the cab (PHOTO B): Pick up two 11/0 seed beads for each stitch, line them up next to the cab, and sew back down through the Ultrasuede and foundation. Sew up between the two beads and through the second bead just added. End with an even number of beads, and sew through the first 11/0 added in the round, the Ultrasuede, and the foundation. End the thread.

4. Carefully trim the foundation and Ultrasuede close to the 11/0s, being careful not to cut any threads. Apply a thin coat of E6000 to the back of the foundation, and center the other piece of Ultrasuede on it. Allow the glue to dry, and carefully trim the Ultrasuede around the perimeter of the beadwork using the edge of the foundation as a guide.

5. Tie an overhand knot at the end of 1 yd. (.9 m) of conditioned thread, and trim the tail. Sew between the cab’s foundation and Ultrasuede, hiding the knot between the two layers and exiting the back of the Ultrasuede about 1 mm from the edge.

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PHOTO C

6. Work a brick stitch edging: Pick up two 8/0 seed beads, sew up through the foundation layers one bead’s width away from where the thread is exiting, and continue back through the second bead just added. For each subsequent stitch, pick up one 8/0, sew up through the three layers one bead’s width away from where the thread is exiting, and continue up through the new bead just added. Repeat this stitch around the perimeter (PHOTO C). After adding the final bead, sew down through the first bead in the edging, through the foundation layers, and back through the first bead again. End the working thread in the edging beads.


Embellishment and bail
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PHOTO D
1. Tie an overhand knot at the end of 1 yd. (.9 m) of conditioned thread, and sew up between the foundation layers with the needle exiting an 8/0 edge bead. Pick up a 15/0 seed bead, sew down through the adjacent 8/0, and sew back up through the next 8/0. Pick up a crystal and a 15/0, and sew back through the crystal and the 8/0 your thread exited at the start of this step. Continue up through the next 8/0 (PHOTO D). Repeat these two stitches eleven times to add a total of 12 crystals, and then add another 15/0 in the same manner.
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PHOTO E

2. To determine the number of loops needed to make the bail, count the number of unembellished 8/0s. This number might vary, depending on how many 8/0s were used in the edging. An odd number of 8/0s will need three loops for the bail, and an even number of 8/0s will need two loops for the bail. Pick up 14 11/0s, sew back through the 8/0 your thread exited at the start of this step (PHOTO E), and continue up through the adjacent 8/0. Repeat this stitch to make a total of two or three loops, and end the thread.

3. String the bail on a strand of silk ribbon.

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