St Patrick's Day celebrations generally involve public parades, festivals and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. I don't have any green clothing or green jewelry so this year I decided to make a beaded shamrock brooch for the occasion.
I've never made beaded jewelry before and decided to give it a go, AND create an Instructable to document my journey. So gather up your stash of crystals, pearls, gemstones and beads and follow along.
Step 1: What You Will Need
1) Two sheets of felt; one green plain-backed and one white adhesive-backed
2) Beads, beads and more beads
3) Small wooden hoop
4) Green thread
5) Pin back
6) Shamrock template
Step 2: Shamrock Template
Print on paper and cut out shamrock shape.
I made my brooch approximately 3 inches wide but you can make yours any size you like
Step 3: Lets Begin
Using template, trace shamrock shape onto felt with an ink pen and stretch over wood hoop.
Step 4: Outline Your Project
Using green thread and small green beads, stitch around the perimeter following the ink outline, incorporating a bead with every stitch.
Step 5: Begin Adding Beads
I found these cool alphabet beads and spelled out the word L-U-C-K-Y, which fit perfectly in the shamrock stem.
As with all of the beads, I anchored them down with green thread.
Step 6: Continued Adding Beads
Continue adding beads by stitching them down, starting from the outside and working inward.
Step 7: Finishing
Remove your project from the hoop and carefully cut around the shamrock. For more durability, place your finished shamrock on the sticky side of the white adhesive-backed felt. Carefully cut around the shamrock again and add a pin back with glue.
Step 8: Ta-Da . .
For my first try, I think they turned out pretty well. Some of the beads are crooked but with a little practice I think I can master it.