In my new Eye Pendant tutorial I show how to encase a cabochon with beads using peyote stitch. But another way to secure the cabochon is to use two rows of a simple bead embroidery technique called back stitch. Below is an excerpt from my Black Eyed Susan tutorial which shows how to do this, although for the glass eye cabochons I would suggest using size 8 beads for the base row and size 11 for the upper row to give a little more height.
Thread a needle with about a metre of thread and tie a knot in the end. Stitch through the fabric from back to front, very close to the edge of the cabochon. Make a small stitch to ensure that the thread is secure and bring the needle up a couple of millimetres away from the cab.
Pick up two beads and stitch down through the fabric two bead width’s away (figure 1).
Bring the needle back up through the fabric between the two beads (figure 2) taking care not to split the thread and then pass it through the second bead.
Continue in this way (figures 3 & 4) until you come full circle.
Stitch the final two beads as usual (or one bead if there’s not enough room for two as in figure 5, bring the needle up behind this bead and then pass the needle back through it) and then pass the needle through all of the beads a couple of times to stabilize them (figure 6).
Make a couple of stitches in the fabric and then bring the needle up between the cab and the beads. Repeat as for the first row, again picking up two beads at a time, bringing the needle up between them and passing them through the second bead (figures 7 & 8). Don’t pull the thread too tight, you want these beads to sit neatly on top.
When this row is complete, stitch through all the beads a couple of times, pulling the thread taut to bring the beads together.
Stitch through to the back of the work then knot and trim the thread. Figure 9 shows both rows completed.
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Just a quick post to let you all know that the February challenge has started over on Operation Tackle That Bead Stash! This month’s challenge colour scheme is Brown and Blue, inspired by this beautiful photograph that I came across on Flickr.
And as always there’s a fabulous prize on offer, this month a beady spending spree at Absolute Beads. So if you’re a beader and want to challenge yourself then head on over to the blog where you can find all the info you need to enter!
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Good news! I’ve decided to combine my two earring tutorials – Moonflower and Starlet – into one listing so you get double the fun for the same price! So if you want to make some really pretty earrings that are also quick and easy to do then you can find the listing here in my Etsy shop and here on Folksy. And don’t forget they are still included in my 3 tutorials for £8 offer.
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Big changes are afoot here at The Crimson Moon! Firstly, I have decided to open a second Etsy shop. From now on The Crimson Moon will be strictly for beadweaving tutorials and patterns, glass eye cabochons and other beading supplies. For jewellery, my new shop The Strangest Girl will be the place to go!
And yet more good news – UK postage on all handmade jewellery is now absolutely free and there’s a big reduction in shipping charges for my International customers.
And if that wasn’t enough, anything that is not moving to the new shop has been greatly reduced in price and can be found in a special Clearance Sale section of my Etsy shop and here on Folksy.
Here’s a little taste of what’s new…
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The winner of the fabulous Christmas kits that I reviewed in my recent post is…
Congratulations Carol, I hope you enjoy making these kits as much as I did! Thanks to everyone who entered, this was great fun and I’ll have to do it again sometime!
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I was lucky enough to be sent these lovely Christmas kits to review by The Bead Shop recently and as my Mojo has been missing for some time I thought it would be a great opportunity to get back into creating by injecting a bit of my own style of seed beading into them.
First up is this really pretty set of three Angels which use metal wings, crystals, seed beads and diamonte rondelles. They’re very quick and easy to make using the beading wire included and as they’re very reasonably priced, you could afford to buy several and cover your tree with them!
For my take on them I replaced the large pearls with my own mini beaded beads in a lovely frosted shade of white…
Second is this absolutely beautiful snowflake. Good instructions and a really gorgeous selection of beads and crystals are included in the kit along with the ready made metal star form to make this a sparkly showstopper (the photo below is of the smaller version).
Again, I replaced the three large blue pearls with some beaded beads. At first I was a bit worried that the colour of the seed beads was too bright but when I put it altogether I thought they looked really nice! I have to admit that I’m not too good with wire but I don’t think I did too bad a job with the seed bead branches…
A close up…
Lastly, I made up these lovely earrings. The kit contains beautiful Swarovski stars and crystals as well as all the findings needed, and I have to say that the headpins were the best quality I’ve ever used! These are so pretty and are very quick and easy to make, a must buy for anyone who has just started getting into jewellery making.
To these I added some little beaded stars in silver lined black diamond and a couple of my own black diamond 4mm Swarovski bicones to match…
I really enjoyed making up these kits, and The Bead Shop have very generously supplied me with three more kits which I’m offering as a prize in this fabulous giveaway! The prize contains all three kits shown below (the Christmas Night Star Earrings, the small White Festive Snowflake and the Christmas Angel Tree Decorations). All you need to do is click on the Leave a Comment link at the bottom of this post and I’ll pick a winner at random on Boxing Day. Don’t forget to include your email address with your comment so that I can contact you if you’re the winner. Good luck and happy Yule to you all!
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