If you'd like to try easing your way into bead embroidery, here's an idea for you. Some of the flat round bead weaving patterns that you can stitch with seed beads (like flat round peyote or square stitch) can be stitched down to a foundation fabric as you progress to make a wonderfully patterned "bezel" for a central bead or cabochon.
Materials and Tools
Beads: 11/0s, 15/0s, flat ovals
Beading needles, sizes 11 and 13
1. Stitch down flat oval beads and add stitched down rows of seed beads around it. I used a Cellini peyote stitch pattern to create the spiraling effect. You can surround your central bead with any pattern of stitched down flat round bead weaving that you want. (You'll find bead-by-bead instructions for this specific pattern in Chapter 4 of my e-book.)
2. Make five beaded pieces, and cut each out with a 1/8 inch seam. Cut out backs to match.
3. Tack the fronts and backs together with a drop of fabric glue. Stitch them together using edging brick stitch. You will find step-by-step instructions for this stitch in the free first chapter of the e-book).
4. Stitch from unit to unit with a few beads to link them.
5. Add picots with 15/0 beads around each unit.
6. Stitch a small band of square stitch onto each end and add your toggle parts.
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