Last week in Part One, I showed you the first few steps in getting your bead embroidery project set up and started. Today we'll finish off the beaded bezel and the backing. This is a quick and easy bead embroidery project, especially if you are a beginner. I would also invite you to go get the free download of Chapter one of my e-book, Every Bead Has a Story, which will walk you through the stitches and materials if you've never done this before. Chapter two has detailed instructions for stitching a peyote stitch bezel.
1. Working off the back stitched row of size 11/0 seed beads, add rows of peyote stitch until you reach the very top of the donut. At that point, switch to a smaller size of beads (size 15/0 is what I use), and add one or two rows to cinch in the top over the edge of your donut.
I've added two rows because of the shape of the top edge of my pendant, and also for added security. Remember from last week, my donut is stitched down at the top, so even though I've only used double-sided tape, I will not lose my donut even if the worst happened and it popped out of the bezel. Do what you need to do to ensure this doesn't happen!
2. You can see in this shot that I've added another back stitched row outside the foundation row of size 11/0 beads. Then I cut away the foundation fabric to within 1/8 inch of the outer row, being careful not to clip any threads. I have also cut the foundation fabric out behind the hole in the donut. This is optional, but I think it's a nice touch.
3. Lightly tape or glue the top to a piece of backing fabric in order to cover all the stitching. Apply edging brick stitch through the two pieces of fabric all the way around, and then add short stacks of smaller (size 15/0) seed beads to each edging bead. These stitches are also covered in Chapter one of Every Bead Has a Story.
See how the stitching covers the raw edges of the two pieces of fabric? You will also need to cut a corresponding hole now in the backing fabric if you cut one in the foundation (inside the donut hole). I simply whip stitched the two pieces of fabric together inside the hole, but if the hole is extra big, you could add a row of edging brick stitch with beads if you wanted. Mine is too small for that!
I added a black jump ring to match the bail wire, and it's now hanging on a simple rubber necklace cord.
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