An easy way to create a quick pendant necklace is to find a gorgeous fused glass cabochons or bead (these beads are from Jeanne Kent at New Terra Artifacts) and add some simple bead embroidery around it. But who can stop with just one?
I added seed bead bails done in square stitch to the backs of these beads, and they are all set to hang on a rubber or cord necklace, alone or as a set!
Materials & Tools
6 inch square piece of ultrasuede or non-woven synthetic material
Nymo O, black
3 fused glass top-drilled beads, 25x15 mm
Seed beads, 11/0: peacock iris, cobalt ab, silver-lined red violet
Seed beads, 15/0: hex cut champagne
8 Swarovski 4mm bicones in amethyst 2xab
Beading needles, size 13
1. Glue and/or stitch a fused glass cabochon or bead to a small piece of ultrasuede.
2. Use backstitch to outline around the cab, making sure to use an even number of beads. Build up a few rounds of peyote stitch on that base row, switching to sparkly contrasting beads for the last two rows.
3. Add a row of flat brick stitch around the cab.
4. Add decorative stitching like picots or whip stitch to the brick stitch base.
5. Clip the ultrasuede close to the stitching, leaving between 1/16 and 1/8 inch. Glue the piece lightly to another piece of fabric.
6. Clip the base layer of ultrasuede even with the top layer and stitch together using edging brick stitch.
7. Stitch picots around the outer rim of brick stitch, adding small Swarovski crystals where desired.
8. Stitch 6 beads (back stitch) to the top of the back. Make sure each bead is anchored to the ultrasuede. Add enough rows of square stitch to curl around and create a bail.
9. Stitch the last row of square stitch to the first row.
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