These are two of the other classes I took New Year’s Day at Quilting Adventures – a beaded button, and a stuffed bird!
For the beaded button, we started with a metal two piece make-it-yourself covered button. We traced around the top of the button on our base fabric, drew a curved line across the resulting circle as a guide for beading, then put the fabric in a small hoop. Once we’d covered the fabric circle with beads, we took the fabric out of the hoop and ran a gathering stitch around the circle, a quarter inch out. Then trimmed a scant quarter inch outside the stitching and covered the metal button with the beaded fabric. Ta Da!
After I’d covered the button, I went back along the edge and added the bugle beads. I think our teacher did something similar with her sample, just using small beads. Then I stitched my button to a yo yo and added a pin back. May have to make another one…
I thought when I signed up for the bird class that we were making a felt bird like I’ve seen in Cloth Paper Scissors. But I liked what we did – you can see the pattern above, which is available from http://www.spoolsewing.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/birdpattern1-1.pdf
In addition to the bird, we added an embellished felt bead on a silk ribbon for the hanger. When I got my bird home, I had to add a feather to her crest, and may bead a bit as well. Fun stuff!