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Flora + Pearl - a bead embroidered pendant

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This may be my favorite piece yet!  I wore it over the weekend and received many compliments, especially on the beauty of the focal piece that Jennifer West made.

One little trick that I'll point out to you is how I back stitch around a fresh water pearl when I want the flow of beads to continue as smoothly as possible.  When I add the last row of back stitching and the pearls are jutting into that row, I switch from size 11/0 to size 15/0 seed beads.  That means having a pretty big stash of beads, but I learned long ago that it's good to have a color you like in every size possible!  The color palette led me to use one of Amy Mealey's raku beads as a dangle at the bottom.

Further instruction on making bead embroidered pieces can be found in Every Bead Has a Story, where the first chapter is free to download.  The book as a whole covers all the different stitches I use, the methods for attaching the backing, bezel and bail construction, and much more.

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