A beaded rosette is a decorative circular applique that is made out of tiny threaded beads. They were used by native Indians to create bright-coloured pendant pieces for traditional necklaces and as centrepieces for feather headdresses. Modern beaded rosettes may be turned into a brooches or earrings by attaching hooks or pins onto the rosette. The tiny rosette beads, known as seed beads, can be purchased in craft stores or from online retailers.
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Things you need
- Seed beads, a minimum of 100
- Thin needle
- Felt sheet
Adjust the compass so that there is a 2-inch gap in between the spike and the pencil. Place the compass needle onto the centre of the felt piece and rotate it to create a full circle that is 4-inches in diameter. Carefully cut out the circle using the scissors. This felt circle will form the backbone of your beaded rosette.
Thread the needle and create a knot on one end by tying the thread around itself several times. Insert the needle through the underneath of the circular felt piece and pull all the way through until the knot touches the felt.
Thread four seed beads onto the needle and push them all the way down until they touch the felt. Arrange the beads in a circular pattern. Insert the needle back through the felt and pull until all the beads are secure. Insert the needle back through the felt so that it is next to the last bead you threaded through. Repeat these steps until the entire piece of felt is covered with seed beads.
Insert the needle through the felt. Tie a knot on the underside of the felt and trim off any excess thread.
Tips and warnings
- Use vibrant turquoise, yellow, red, black and white seed beads, to create an authentic Native American style pendant piece.
- Do not put your beaded rosette in the washing machine; It can be gently cleaned by dabbing it with a damp cloth.
- Keep small beads away from small children.
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