Beaded Brooches Made Easy

I think I've only ever made a handful of beaded brooches since I started beading over fourteen years ago, but when I got my hands on a sample of some of the new Nunn Design brooch/pendant findings, I thought it might be fun to fill them up with a little bit of bead embroidery.

This isn't the first time I've seen a jewelry-making finding that was meant to be filled with resin or epoxy clay and thought about how I could fill it with beadwork, instead. If it's empty, I fill it with beads! The best part of making these two sweet little beaded brooches was how quickly they worked up. In just a couple of hours, I had two finished pieces of beaded jewelry, ready to give away as gifts.

If you're in the mood for a little bit of bead embroidery, these easy beaded brooch projects are the perfect thing to get your fingers moving.

I only needed a couple of scraps of Nicole's Beadbacking, my favorite bead embroidery material, to get started. Just make sure that your piece of bead embroidery medium is slightly larger than your brooch frame.
Place the frame face down on the bead embroidery medium, and then trace around it lightly with a pen. Don't use a permanent marker for this one — you might leave some on the brooch frame.
Using a good, sharp embroidery scissor, just trim your bead embroidery medium until your piece fits comfortably inside the frame. You can make it slightly smaller than the frame itself, too — the bead embroidery will spill out a bit over the edges and fill up the brooch frame.
I happened to have some sweet little vintage flower cabochons in my stash, so I glued one down and made a quick bead embroidery bezel around it.
Next, I used some size 15 and size 11 seed beads and worked a couple of rows of bead embroidery backstitch around the cabochon. Since I trimmed my bead embroidery medium smaller than my beaded brooch frame, I worked right up to the edge.
For some fun embellishment and to fill up the rest of the space, I stitched down a handful of drop  beads.

That was all I had to do! I covered the back of the bead embroidery by gluing it to a small scrap of Ultrasuede, then once that was dry, I glued it into the beaded brooch frame, and held it down with an alligator clamp for a couple of hours. I think this may be my new favorite way to use bead embroidery — to make beaded brooches!

These sweet little beaded brooch projects are the perfect beading project for a beginner, and if you (or someone you know) wants to learn more about seed beads, check out Dustin Wedekind's Getting Started with Seed Beads. You'll find more than two dozen great beginning beading projects, plus all you need to know about seed beads and beading supplies to get you started! Best of all, for a limited time, when you buy the eBook version of Getting Started with Seed Beads, you can pick up another eBook for half off! Check out all the great eBooks in the Beading Daily shop and get busy beading tonight!

Bead Happy,


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