Beader's Paradise Have a Heart Bead Embroidered Brooch

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by Robin D. Beam, Beader's Paradise

Beader's Paradise Have a Heart Bead Embroidered Brooch

Embellish an outfit with a beautiful brooch!

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Trim shank off of back of button with wire cutters. Glue onto stiff felt, leaving a border of at least 2 inches around.
  • 2
    Round One: starting with the needle and thread near the bottom point of the heart, pick up three of the 8/0 Silver metallic beads and lay beads against the edge of the button. Needle down close to where the third bead ends, bring needle up between second and third bead and run through the third bead again. Continue picking up the Silver metallic beads three at a time, sewing against the button. When the beading meets to the first bead, run the needle and thread again through all the beads, which will help line up the beads more evenly against the button.
  • 3
    Round Two: Bring needle and thread up against the edge of the beaded line of Silver metallic beads. String on: one of the 10/0 Ruby Silver-lined beads, one of the Crystal Silver lined beadlettes and one of the Ruby Silver-lined beads. Place beads straight out, almost perpendicular from the first round and run needle into felt where the second Ruby bead is located. Repeat this pattern around the heart.
  • 4
    Round Three: Following technique from round one, sew down a row of 10/0 Opaque White seed beads.
  • 5
    Round Four: Bring needle up adjacent to round three, but leaving a little bit of room for the larger, 6/0 seed bead. String on the following stack of beads: 6/0 Opaque White, 8/0 Ruby Silver-lined and 10/0 Crystal Silver-lined bead. Place adjacent to round three, but leaving room for the beads to be level with the felt surface. Skipping the 10/0 Crystal Silver-lined bead, run needle back through 8/0 Ruby and 6/0 White bead. Bring needle back up next to the first stacked bead, and repeat process.
  • 6
    Round Five: Repeat technique of round two, but with the following bead pattern: one of the 10/0 Metallic Silver, one of the Ruby bugle and three of the 10/0 Metallic Silver beads.
  • 7
    Place embroidered piece on another piece of felt. Apply glue to back of embroidered piece and place on larger piece. (Note: there will still be a length of thread coming out between the felt; it is okay to let that stick out as it will be needed for the last round of beading.)
  • 8
    Being careful not to cut the thread tail and the embroidered pieces on the top piece of felt, carefully cut around the embroidered piece. This second piece of felt will protect the stitches on the back of the design.
  • 9
    Round Six: Bring thread through the edge of the felt so that the needle and thread are on the top of the design. Pick up a single 8/0 Ruby Silver-lined seed bead and run needle just inside felt edge immediately adjacent to bead. Bring needle up and back through the bead; this will cause the bead to line up along the edge, ready for the next bead to be added. Repeat for each bead around the entire edge of the piece. When you get to the end, run the thread through the beads again. Bring thread through the back of the felt, and make a few slip knots to make sure the thread does not come loose.
  • 10
    Glue pin back to the back of brooch.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2 hours

Project Supplies

  • Beader's Paradise Czech Glass Beads 10/0 Metallic Silver 104507401
  • Beader's Paradise Beads 10/0 Ruby Silver Lined 104251232
  • Beader's Paradise Beadlettes Purple Crystal Silver Lined 104251069
  • Beader's Paradise Beads 10/0 Opaque White 104507372
  • Beader's Paradise Beads 6/0 Opaque White 104250930
  • Beader's Paradise Beads 8/0 Ruby Silver Lined 104781029
  • Beader's Paradise Czech Glass Beads 10/0 Silver Lined Crystal 104507408
  • Beader's Paradise Bugle Beads Ruby Silver Lined 104251097
  • Beadalon Wildfire Bead Stringing Thread .008 inch x 50 yard Black 104458297
  • Large Heart Button
  • CPE The New Image Group EZ Felt Sheet 9 inch x 12 inch Black 104276707
  • Beacon FABRIC-TAC Permanent Adhesive 4 oz. 104256721
  • Panacea Heavy Duty 8 inch Wire Cutters 104455865
  • Scissors