Thanks to Bead & Button Company for sponsoring this post!
Did you hear about the Pantone Color of the Year for 2014? Last year’s color was Emerald. Which, while lovely, never really suited my skin tone or my style.This year’s color is Radiant Orchid, and I’m stoked because that means we’re going to see this gorgeous, vibrant shade of purple popping up all over the place!
When Bead & Button Company asked me to create a tutorial for them, I wanted to find a way to incorporate Radiant Orchid into the project. I ended up going a little bit nuts in their online shop because they have such a huge collection of supplies, and when I couldn’t decide between a more casual, everyday design and a sparkly, romantic evening creation, I decided – what the heck – let’s do them both!
First up is the daytime look, with subtle pops of Radiant Orchid in one of the buttons and in the embroidery thread. It looks fabulous with a plain long sleeved tee or sweater. Let’s make this necklace!
And these tools:
Place a piece of felt into an embroidery hoop. Lay out the buttons. Because I was working with so many patterns, I chose a very symmetrical layout to keep it from looking too chaotic.
Tip: Once you lay out your design, snap a photo so you can refer back to it.
Remove all of the buttons except for the first one you are going stitch on. Tie a double knot in the end of your embroidery thread or cord. Come up from the bottom of the embroidery hoop and stitch an X through the holes of the first button.
Lay out a few buttons at a time to make sure you have them situated in the correct places.
Stitch on the buttons. I started in the center and then worked my way up one side. Be conscious of the patterns on the buttons and make sure they are facing the desired directions before you stitch them on.
Make sure the thread is always behind the buttons. You will be cutting out the felt close to the edges, so if the thread goes beyond the buttons, it may end up being visible. Or, worse, you’ll cut it and the whole thing will fall apart! A good way to check is to hold the embroidery hoop up to a light and look at the back.
Tie off the thread as needed to make sure it always stays behind the buttons. To make a knot, make a tiny backstitch on the wrong side. Pull the thread until it is a small loop. Insert the needle into the loop, then re-inert it 2-3 times. Pull tight to make the knot.
Stitch on all of the buttons. Double check the back against a light to make sure all threads are behind the buttons.
Remove from the embroidery hoop and roughly cut out the bib. Cut larger than your final desired size.
Re-thread your needle and put a double knot in the end. Come up from the back. Then place the bib on top of another piece of felt.
Hand stitch all the way around and tie off. Then, cut out the bib through both pieces of felt.
The completed bib piece. Determine how much chain you will need to make the necklace the desired length and use wire cutters to cut the chain.
Open a split jump ring and push it through the felt in one of the top corners. Attach the end loop of chain and re-close the jump ring. Repeat on the other side.
Remember to always open a jump ring by twisting it open with the ends on opposite directions as shown above. Never pull the ends apart (so it looks like a C) because that warps the jump ring and makes it difficult to properly re-close it.
Attach a lobster claw closure and a large jump ring to the open ends of the chain
The button bib statement necklace is ready to wear!
Join me back here tomorrow for another tutorial for a beaded statement necklace with radiant orchid accents. We’ll use chain, beads, and buttons to create this romantic, evening look.
Plus, you’ll have a chance to win both of these necklaces and a $50 gift certificate to use at Bead & Button Company!