Chick Bead Embroidered Brooch
Make your Easter special with this cute chick embroidered brooch. In just nine steps – with some seed beads, a brooch pin, some thread and a needle, this bright and happy little fellow can be yours to proudly keep, or make someone an extra special Easter gift. Tutorial by Kamila Inojatova from KamArt Design on Folksy
Chick Bead Embroidered Brooch
You Will Need
- One piece of Lacy’s Stiff Stuff bead embroidery foundation
- Ultra Suede bead embroidery backing material
- Size 11 seed beads (yellow and orange)
- Size 10 black seed bead (for the eye)
- Metal brooch pin
- Bead embroidery thread (for example, Nymo)
- Beading needle
- Print out the Easter Chick Bead Embroidered Brooch Pattern (PDF, 435 kb)
Transfer your pattern on to a piece of Lacy’s Stiff Stuff. Take your beading thread, pull through your needle and tie a small knot. Insert your needle up through the stiff stuff on the line of your pattern and pull the thread through. Pick up two seed beads, push them down against the stiff stuff and line them up along the line of your pattern. Pass your needle down just behind the second seed bead.
Now, working from the back of stiff stuff, pass your needle up between your seed beads and pull the thread through. Pass your needle through the second seed bead you added. Pull your thread. Pick up next two seed beads and repeat the same steps as with the first two seed beads.
Finish the whole line using this technique. When starting a new row of seed beads, bring your needle up where you think the middle of the seed bead from the new row will be. Stitch your second row and all of the following rows using the same technique. First fill in the wing and the beak, then sew on an eye. Fill in the rest of the body and secure the thread.
Take a piece of Ultra Suede and make two small holes. The width between the holes should be the same as the length of your pin. Push your pin through the holes in ultra suede. Carefully cut the backing material around your work, leaving a small border (about 1-2mm).
To stitch the edge, bring your needle to the front of the work up through the stiff stuff. Pick up two seed beads, slide them down against the edge and push your needle up from the back of your work towards the front. The gap between your thread and needle should equal to the width of two seed beads. Pull your thread. Push your needle up through the second seed bead and pull the thread, so that the beads are quite tight against the edge.
Pick up one seed bead, slide it down against the edge and push your needle up from the back of your work towards the front. The gap between your thread and needle should equal the width of a seed bead. Pull your thread.
Push your needle up through the seed bead and pull the thread so that the bead is quite tight against the edge. Repeat by adding another seed bead and continue stitching the edge using the same technique.
When the edge is finished, bring your needle out from the seed bead where you want your chick’s first leg to be. Pick up six orange seed beads and push them down against the edge. Then push your needle into the fifth seed bead and push through all five seed beads back into the edging seed bead, where you started the leg. Pass your needle through 3-4 beads along the edge and bring it out where you want your chick’s second leg to be. Pick up six orange seed beads and repeat as with the first leg. Weave-in and end the thread by passing through beads in the edging, making one or two half hitch knots along the way. Bring the thread out and trim it off close to the beadwork.