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Flower Looms: Beads, Buttons and Sequins

Loomed flowers with beads and buttons in the center

Beads, buttons and sequins can all turn a plain flower into something spectacular!

You can add one button to the centre or make a real statement by adding maximum bling!

In the tutorial below I show you how to sew a button with decorative bead treatment, seqiuned edging and a dense beaded centre.

Mix and match the different techniques to create a different look every time!

Loomed flower Firstly you will need to make a flower :-) Use any type of centre treatment that does not cover the centre of your flower.
Threading the beads

Using a beading needle and some fine sewing or beading thread, make a few stitches in the centre of your flower to anchor the end of the thread.

Now, thread a bead, or a few beads onto your needle and start sewing them on to the centre of your flower. I like to pass the needle all the way through the flower to the back when I stitch my beads on.

Beading the center Keep stitching them on until you have filled as much of the centre as you desire.
The finished flower on the loom I filled the centre of my flower completely. Take your beading thread to the back of your flower and fasten it off.
Adding a sequined border

If you want to add a circle of sequins continue as follows.

With a new thread, make a couple of tiny stitches at the edge of the centre of your flower.

Adding a sequined border Place a sequin on your flower behind the thread and poke the needle down through the centre and pull it out the back of the flower.
Adding a sequined border Your sequin will look like this.
Adding a sequined border Bring the thread back through the flower about half a sequin's width in front of the first one.
Adding a sequined border Lay down a second sequin, half over the top of the first one and stitch down.
Adding a sequined border

Bring the thread back to the front half a sequin's width in front of the second sequin.

Continue adding sequins in this way until you have gone all the way round.

Adding a sequined border You will have two sequins sitting side by side. You still need to add one more before you are completely finished!
Adding a sequined border Bring your needle through the flower from the back, underneath the very first sequin that you stitched onto your flower.
Adding a sequined border Poke a sequin under the first sequin so that only half of it shows and stitch it down.
Adding a sequined border Now you're almost finished!
Finished flower off the loom Pop your flower off the loom and secure the loose threads on the back. Heavily beaded flower such as these make great brooches to wear on a hat.
Flower on a loom

To make a flower with a much simpler centre, you can add a nice button with just a couple of beads.

First, make a flower in your choice of style. Use any type of centre treatment that does not cover the centre of your flower.

Stitching a button to the center of a loomed flower Take a doubled piece of sewing thread in an ordinary sharp sewing needle and secure it in the centre of your flower by making a couple of stitches.
Stitching a button to the center of a loomed flower

Sew on your button, making sure it is nice and secure.

Then thread on a few beads, enough to cover the gap between the holes on the button.

Stitching a button to the center of a loomed flower Pass your needle back through the button and secure firmly on the back with a few more stitches.
Loomed flower with a button center Pop your flower off the loom. Secure all loose ends by darning them in on the back and admire your handiwork!

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