Bead Embroidered Cabochon Hair Tie

  • 01 of 08

    How to Make a Bead Embroidered Cabochon Hair Tie

    Back Stitch Bead Embroidery Tutorial
    This bead embroidered hair tie doubles as a pretty bracelet when not in your hair. Lisa Yang

    This hair tie is anything but basic - but it's so easy to make, you don't have to save it for special occasions.

    I combined a simulated turquoise irregularly shaped flat cabochon with bead embroidery and a plain black hair elastic. The stone I used is probably magnesite - which is a common and inexpensive turquoise look alike. In addition, I used Czech 11/0 seed beads and Miyuki round 8/0 beads to surround the cut stone.

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  • 02 of 08

    Attach Stone to Bead Embroidery Foundation

    Back Stitch Bead Embroidery Tutorial
    Glue the stone to bead embroidery backing and begin back stitch. Lisa Yang

     I use E6000 glue to attach the cabochon to a piece of stiff felt that I use as a bead embroidery foundation. I usually leave it overnight to dry. 

    To stitch the beads around the cabochon, I used Nymo thread size D (from a cone, not a bobbin!). I could have also used FireLine in Crystal, but I thought the tan colored thread would be less noticeable.  

    Knot the thread and stitch from the back of the foundation, bringing your needle straight up, right next to the cabochon.

    If you're new to bead embroidery, you may find this article Getting Started WIth Bead Embroidery helpful.

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  • 03 of 08

    Embroider Beads Around the Stone using Back Stitch

    Back Stitch Bead Embroidery Tutorial
    Stitch down behind the last bead to complete the back stitch. Lisa Yang

     Pick up three beads and slide them down the thread right next to the cabochon. I typically use the tip of my needle to press them all the way down. I also keep the thread above the beads close to the outside of the stone, since it helps keep the beads properly aligned.

    Insert your needle back down through the foundation to secure the beads. I always insert my needle close to the cabochon since it helps keep the beads close to the outside of the stone and avoids having the felt foundation show..

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  • 04 of 08

    Start the Back Stitch

    Back Stitch Bead Embroidery Tutorial
    Bring the needle back up between the second and third beads. Lisa Yang

    Back stitching makes a regular forward stitch to attach the beads, then stitches backward bringing the needle up between one or two of the just attached beads. 

    A beginner tip that I have find very helpful is to start by using a white foundation. The lighter color allows you to see outlines of the stone and beads through it and it makes it easier to come up through the fabric in the correct spot. Once you have been back stitching for a while, it will be easier to put your needle in the correct spot.

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  • 05 of 08

    Complete the Back Stitch and Start the Next Stitch

    Back Stitch Bead Embroidery Tutorial
    Stitch through the third bead to complete the back stitch. Lisa Yang

    To complete the back stitch, put your needle though the last bead you attached on the forward stitch.  In this case, the third bead.  Then add two more beads and complete a forward stitch by snugging the beads close to the foundation and stitching them in place. Make another back stitch by bringing your needle up between the last two beads added, go through the last bead from the forward stitch, etc.

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  • 06 of 08

    Continue Adding Beads Until the Cabochon is Completely Surrounded

    Back Stitch Bead Embroidery Tutorial
    The completed back stitch around the stone. Lisa Yang

    Continue back stitching beads around the perimeter of the cabochon. Be sure to keep the beads snug to each other as well as close to the stone.

    Once you have completely surrounded the stone with stitches, stitch back around through all of the beads at least once and possibly two or three times to secure the beads and pull them tight. This step is very important because it will help eliminate any gaps that might have formed if your stitch was a little to far from the cabochon or if your stitch was not clearly between two beads on the back stitch. 

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  • 07 of 08

    Trim the Foundation Close to the Beads

    Back Stitch Bead Embroidery Tutorial
    Trim the bead embroidery foundation just underneath the beads. Lisa Yang

    Trim the beading foundation close to the beads being careful to avoid cutting through any stitches. Try to maintain the shape of the beadwork and keep a straight line under the beads.  This will help provide the beast foundation for completing the sides of the bead embroidery component.

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  • 08 of 08

    Bead Embroidered Component - Side View

    Bead Embroidered Cabochon Tutorial
    Side view of the bead embroidered cabachon. The next step is to add a backing and finish the sides with brick stitch. Lisa Yang

     At this point, your bead embroidered component will appear to be complete from the top, but you will still need to add beads to the side. The process of adding beads to the side will conceal the foundation as well as allow you to stitch a backing layer that will hide and protect the back stitches. 

    Refer to this post for steps to add the backing and complete the hair tie