I surfed around on the internet for beaded brooches/ buttons, I have another cardigan that I bought which fastens with a brooch and quite liked the idea of making one. I stumbled across images from this blog which made me think - I can do that! I already had lots of seed beeds (the little ones) so went and purchased some brooch fixings and some larger beads in a colour that matched my wool (forgetting to take the wool so having to rely on my memory!). I spent the princely sum of £3.50 and came home with my goodies. After and evening and an hour the following morning this is the result:
I used an old large button (2" diameter) and some left over curtain lining cotton to cover it. Once covered I then set about with needle and beading thread to layer the beads, starting with placing the large beads then working around them with the tiny seed beads and small beads. Once completed the brooch fitting was sewn onto a round piece of felt which was then sewn onto the back of the button. Et voila!
I was so pleased with the outcome that I then continued this is my little work tray I used so that I could sit comfortably on the sofa with my puppy:
I still had some of the large beads left and so decided to make a necklace and some earings - I had purchased all these jewellery fixing bits from a beading shop when we went to Brighton last month.