Using Fabric Buttons as Cabochons in Bead Embroidery

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Using Odd and Ends for the Cabochon in Bead Embroidery

Sometimes you want to do bead embroidery, but you don’t have a gemstone cabochon…or maybe, supplies didn’t come up in the financial lottery this month, LOL.  With a little imagination, you can find things to use.  Buttons of many types can be used…like a regular button, vintage button, fabric button and Czech glass buttons.  I’ve been keeping in the back of my mind that stash of polymer clay that I have put up for a rainy day.  You can make your own cabochons out of polymer clay.  I’m sure that you can find other things to use.

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Using Odd and Ends for the Cabochon in Bead Embroidery

I made this embroidered pendant (fabric button) and right angle weave necklace.  I have a few really nice fabric buttons and this one got picked first.  I decided to use shades of purple (my favorite color) and I had a few ideas to embellish it.  I was able to get the needle through the material at the dome of the button to add pretty little #15’s (tiny gold seed beads).  They add a little sparkle to the pendant.  Then I used different shades of purple to embroider around the button.  I also used pretty navy colored seed beads.

You can see more photos in my Amazon Handmade shop.                                                       http://www.amazon.com/Beadwork-Embroidery-Bohemian-Necklace-Pendant/dp/B016FHNXAA?ref=hnd_adp_ap_10