I bought this beautiful mother-of-pearl button the last time I was out in Portland OR, visiting my daughter. You can probably find something similar to it online. I would recommend a Czech glass button as an alternative.
Because the button is so beautiful, I wanted to keep the bead embroidery around it fairly simple so that it wouldn't compete. For that reason also, I chose seed bead colors that matched the button colors. The shank is fairly shallow, so I didn't have to worry about cutting it off.
1. Using white interfacing as the foundation material, I stitched on the button and surrounded it with two rows of back stitch in size 11/0 seed beads. I was able to get the outer row to be a multiple of four, which gives me the greatest number of options for finishing it off with a decorative stitch. Using the inner row as a base, I added two rounds of peyote stitch to create a bezel. The first row is also size 11/0 seed beads, and the final row is size 15/0 to help cinch it in and cover the edge of the button.
2. Using the outer row as a base, I added one row of Russian spiral stitch, still in the same colors. Instructions for bead embroidered Russian spiral can be found in Bored By Back Stitch, chapter one.
3. I added a resin opal cabochon below the button, surrounded it with a peyote stitch bezel, and cut out the entire pendant, leaving a 1/8 inch margin for edging. I used ultra-suede as a backing fabric, and did edging brick stitch around the entire outer edge, using size 15/0 seed beads. I then added a two-bead stack to each edging stitch. (See note below for more in-depth instructions.)
4. Add a square stitch bail to the back of the pendant.
Step-by-step instructions for putting together a bead embroidered piece, including back stitch, edging brick stitch, and stack stitch can be found in the free first chapter of Every Bead Has a Story. Chapter two has instructions for stitching a peyote stitch bezel, and Chapter three teaches the square stitch bail.
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