Beaded embroidery step by step – how to make a cabochon pendant
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Designed by: Monika Wojdyla
Is there any woman who has never hankered over the rich coloured silks of a sahri and Bollywood themed jewellery? I have decided to make myself a pendant inspired by Bollywood and, I must admit, I really like wearing it. I present you a jewellery making tutorial in which I will explain the beaded embroidery step by step including my favourite beaded lace.
Supplies used in this project:
- TOHO beads – 15/0 Toho Opaque Rainbow Blue Turquoise and 11/0 – two colours, here: Opaque Rainbow Blue Turquoise and the remnants of pink beads
- 3mm FirePolish or Swarovski faceted rounds – two colours, here: Transparent Cobalt and Halo Madder Rose
- CrystaLove crystals – 5 faceted crystals, here: CrystaLove Rondelle – the remnants of the previous project. They shouldn’t be bigger than 8mm
- Pendant base - 69x60x1.5mm rosette
- Cat’s eye cabochon - 16x16mmx3mm azure
- Silk cord – 3mm dark blue
- Jewellery thread – Choose the colour matching with the foundation. The second thread matching with the colour of the metal base or 0.12mm monofilament thread
- Felt – bead embroidery foundation blue
- Jewellery bail - 17x11x4mm decorative pendant bail
- Jewellery pins – 20mm eye pins (or longer to trim)
- End caps – 4 mm hole – to glue the tassels
- Jewellery glue
- Jewellery tools – pliers to bond the pins, scissors
- Jewellery needle – 10/12 John James
- Tassels – small, ready-made tassels or threads to make the tassels by yourself. I used my sewing machine threads which were begging desperately to be used in any way. If you want to make the tassels by yourself, you will need also a fork.
- A piece of felt or leather for the backing of the pendant and a small piece of card to be stuck to the pendant
And, the most important: time and a good mood.
Glue the cabochon on the piece of the embroidery foundation. Wait until the glue dries completely. Attach a row of 11/0 TOHO beads to the foundation as it’s done in a “traditional” beaded embroidery – string 2 beads each time. (I will mark TOHO beads with a “T”).
Just to remind you, as you have attached two 11/0 beads, pass the needle up between those two beads, pass through the outside bead, string another two beads and attach them. And again, pass the needle up between two beads just added and continue until you have completed the whole row. Make sure to get an even number of the beads in the 1strow
In the 2nd row, string 1 x 11/0 TOHO bead each time and pass the needle through every other bead of the 1st row.
If your cabochon is thin you may need to make your 3rd row the last one using 15/0 TOHO beads. Add 1 x 15/0 bead between 11/0 beads of the previous row. Pull the thread – you have just bezelled the cat’s eye.
If you have a thicker cabochon you will have to make more rows of the wall. The idea is to make a basket that has been nicely closed on the cabochon.
Pass the needle down towards the very 1st row
String the beads in a sequence: 15/0 T, 11/0 T, 15/0 T and pass the needle through the next bead of the 1st row. The beads of the 1st row are marked with “X” in the picture. We will built star-like arms this way.
As you have completed the whole row, pass the needle to the top of one of the arms.
We will add pink FirePolish crystals (FP) between the arms and we will attach the top bead of each arm to the foundation at the same time. To do that, pass the needle down through the foundation right behind the bead your thread exits, pass up through the foundation right before the same bead and pass through the bead.
String 1 x FP and pass the needle through the top bead of the next arm. Stitch the top bead as it was done previously. Remember to sew on every top bead as you have added the FP. Continue until you have completed the whole row.
As you have added all the FP it’s time to make picots of 15/0 beads. The thread should come out of one of the FP beads. String 3 x 15/0 beads and pass the needle through the next FP crystal.
Now we’ve got beautiful picots. We need to attach every top bead to the foundation as it was done previously. Attach the 1st top bead.
String 5 x 11/0 T beads and pass the needle through the next top bead. Continue – attach the top bead and add 5 x T beads – until you have completed the whole row.
Now we need to attach the top bead of each big picot of 11/0 T. Attach the 1st one, string 1 x pink 11/0 T, 1 x FP and 1 x pink 11/0 T, pass the needle through the next top bead. Attach the top bead to the foundation and continue these steps until you are left with the last, empty gap. It is important to leave that space – we will place there the sticking out part of the base. Cut out the motif close to the beads so that it fits the base. Be careful and don’t cut the thread. As you have cut the motif out you may attach FP to the foundation the same way we attached the top beads previously.
Take the piece of card. Openwork embroidery may bend so that we will attach to the carton. Cut out a circle 1mm smaller then the motif and stick the card to the foundation.
Cut out a circle of leather (or felt) the same size as our motif and attach the backing with the brick stitch. The thread should be in the front of the motif, 1mm from the edge. String 2 x 11/0 T and pass the needle up the foundation.
Pass the needle up through 1 of the 11/0 T beads just added.
String 1 x 11/0 T and pass the needle up, 1mm from the edge. Pass the needle up through the bead and string another 11/0 T. Continue until you have completed the whole row. A step by step tutorial you may find right here.
Put your work on the base. If you followed the instructions carefully, it should fit perfectly.
We will stitch overhand using the small holes on the edge of the base and we will pass below the border beads. I used here a dark thread so you can see it better, but I recommend to use a light grey or monofilament thread (I need more patience to work with the monofilament thread).
The left space between the picots can be filled in now while working with a monofilament thread and you may attach FP to the foundation or to the loop of the base (marked with an arrow) that is covered by this bead.
Attach and close the bail.
Now, it’s all up to you whether you prefer to stick ready-made tassels into the caps or you make the tassels using a fork. If you choose the 2nd option, I recommend to hold the thread on the edge of the fork before you start winding (marked with “X”). Your tassels will be tight then. As you have winded the desired amount of thread, pass the end of the thread towards the first gap of the fork and wind the thread around to make a tassel. Tie several knots and remove the tassels. Tie the thread on the top, cut the bottom threads.
Stick the tassels into the caps. Take the eye pins and CrystaLove beads (or any other if you like, but not bigger than 8 mm) and attach the tassels to the base.
String the silk cord through the bail. Your necklace is done!
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