Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Artist PlayDate: A Sensational Tutorial & Incredible Giveaway From a Fabulous Artist Who Proves Time and Again That True Beauty Is In The Details

Jodi, creator of the shop Jodi Horgan, is a talented, warm, dedicated, creative artist who specializes in creating handmade beaded art to wear. When you visit her store, you cannot help but to be dazzled by the striking colors or sheer sense of joy in her work.

There is much to love about Jodi but my favorite thing is the way she handles details. From the loving way she looks after and enjoys her family (she attends to every detail of their lives with such care) to the intricate designs that make her work magnificent, Jodi proves time and again that life is to be celebrated and that celebration begins by giving special attention to the little things.

Today, this phenomenal artist shares a tutorial that will make you want to sit down and make your own pendant as well as a stellar giveaway you won't believe!!

Bead Embroidered Bullseye Pendant Tutorial

- beading foundation - Lacy’s Stiff Stuff or stiffened felt (approximately 2” x 2” square)
- beading needles (size 12 sharps)
- beading mat (useful, but not necessary)
- E6000 glue
- Nymo thread or Fireline
- thin cardboard (like cereal boxes)
- ultrasuede or leather
- seed beads (various sizes, I used size 11’s and 8’s for this project)
- cabochon or other flat back bead or stone
- leather cord or ribbon
- sharp scissors

1. Glue your cabochon or flat back bead or stone to the middle of the beading foundation. Wait at least 20 minutes for the glue to set. E6000 has a strong odor so make sure you are in a well ventilated room.

2. While you are waiting for the glue to dry, you can begin to decide the order in which you will sew the beads.

3. Cut a comfortable length of beading thread. Thread the needle and knot one end. I use about a yard of thread. If you are new to sewing or beading, don’t use too much because it just gets tangled. Using a Simple Beaded Back Stitch, begin stitching the first row of beads.

Simple Beaded Back Stitch

Press the needle up from the bottom of the beading foundation next to the cabochon and pull thread up until the knot meets the foundation.

Pick up two seed beads with your needle. Slide the beads down the thread and place them against the cabochon. Insert your needle into the foundation right after the second bead and pull the thread down. Make sure that your beads are sitting right next to each other and that there is no space between the beads and the cabochon.

Now bring your needle back up in front of the first bead. Slide the needle through both beads.

Pick up two more beads. Slide the third and fourth beads up against the first two beads. Insert the needle into the foundation after the fourth bead and pull thread down securing the beads in place.

Insert the needle back up through foundation between the first and second bead.

Slide the needle through the second, third, and fourth beads and pull thread tight.

Once again, pick up two more seed beads. Insert the needle after the sixth bead and pull thread tight.

Bring the needle back up between the third and fourth bead and slide the needle through the fourth, fifth, and sixth bead and pull the thread tight.

Continue doing Simple Beaded Back Stitch the rest of the way around the cabochon.

When you get all the way around the cabochon, you may or may not pick up two beads. Don’t force two beads into the opening if they won’t fit. The beads should sit comfortably next to each other and next to the cabochon. As you can see from my example I added only one bead.

Pick up the necessary beads and slide needle through the very first bead. Then push the needle down between the first and second bead. Push your needle back up behind the last bead you picked up. Slide the needle through the last bead and the first bead and pull the thread down tight. You’re now ready to start the second round of beads.

Push your needle up through the foundation outside the first row of seed beads. Make sure that is not right next to the first row. Allow a beads worth of space so that the next row of seed beads will fit comfortable against the first row.

Following the same Simple Beaded Back Stitch, continue to add as many seed bead rows as you choose. You can switch between size 11 and size 8 seed beads to give the beadwork some texture.

At some point, you will need to start a new thread. As you reach the end of the thread, bring the needle and thread to the back side of the beadwork. Sew a few small stitches on the back side of the beadwork and then trim the thread. Be careful not to cut any of the stitches on the backside.

4. Once you have finished beading, sew a few small stitches on the back side of the bead work and trim the thread. You are now ready to trim off the extra beading foundation. Using a sharp pair of scissors, trim the extra foundation away from the beadwork. You’ll want to leave approximately 1/8” to a 1/4” of foundation on the outside edge. It is a good idea to check the back side of your beadwork when you are cutting away the foundation. You don’t want to cut any of the stitches on the outside row, otherwise your beads may come loose and fall off.

5. Once you’ve trimmed the bead work, place it on top of the cardboard and draw a line around the outside edge. Cut the piece of card board on the inside edge of your line making the card board approximately a 1/4” smaller than the piece of bead work. Set the piece of card board to the side.

6. Next, you’ll want cut a piece of ultrasuede or leather about 1/2” larger than the beadwork.

7. Now start gluing the pieces together using the sandwich technique. Spread glue on the back of the beadwork, place card board on top of glue. Allow the glue to dry. Next spread glue on the back of the card board and center the card board/beadwork piece on top of the piece of ultrasuede or leather. Allow to dry.

8. Next trim the ultrasuede to approximately 1/4” away from the beadwork.

9. Now it’s time to sew the edge of the beadwork. You’ll be doing a Brick Stitch Edge to finish the piece.

Brick Stitch Edging

Start with a new piece of thread. Make sure your thread is long enough so that you won’t have to start a new thread while doing the Brick Stitch Edging or adding the bail. I’d estimate about 1 to 1 1/2 yards of beading thread. Thread the needle and knot one end. You’ll want to start the brick stitch edging where you want your bail to start. Basically, start at the top. Insert the needle from the underside of the foundation bringing the needle up next the last row of beads. This will hide the knot between the foundation and the ultrasuede.

Pull the knot up tight against the foundation. Pick up two size 10 seed beads and slide them down the thread and up against the beadwork. Insert the needle after the second bead and pull the needle and thread through both the foundation and the ultrasuede.

Bring your needle up and through the second bead. The thread will be on the outside edge. This time you want the seed beads to lay on their backs (the opening should be facing up).

Pick up one seed bead, slide it down the thread and insert the needle through the foundation and ultrasuede. Bring the needle back up through the seed bead making sure that bead opening is facing up.

Continue sewing one bead at a time all the way around the beadwork.

When you attach the last bead, the needle should be exiting the last bead you added. Bring the needle down through the first bead.

10. Now, you’ll be adding beads to make a bail for your pendant. Make sure that your thread is exiting where you want to have the bail. Pick up ten size 11 seed beads and slide them down the thread. Insert the needle through the opposite side of the seed bead on the edging.

Pull the thread through making a circle of seed beads against the edge. Insert the needle back through the ten seed beads and coming through the same seed bead on the edging. Pull the thread tight.

Insert the needle through the next edge bead and pull thread through. Pick up another ten size 11 seed beads, push needle through the edge seed bead making another circle of beads. Sew through the ten seed beads again. Repeat this process until you have three circles of seed beads for the bail.

Weave your needle and thread through a couple of edge seed beads so that it is exiting out the back of the pendant. Pull the thread tight. Now carefully insert your needle up through the ultrasuede into the edge of the last row of seed beads.

Pull the thread up tight against the bead work. Push the needle through about eight or ten seed beads on the last row of seed beads.

Pull the thread tight. Insert the needle down through the foundation and ultrasuede.

Pull the thread tight and snip the thread as close to the ultrasuede you can without cutting ultrasuede.

10. FINALLY, cut a piece of leather or ribbon and slide it through the bail. Your pendant is complete. Congratulations and enjoy!

AND NOW, drumroll please......our incredible Giveaway!!

Today, we have a very special giveaway! Jodi is giving away the gorgeous Bead Embroidered Bullseye Pendant featured in this tutorial!!

To enter:

1. Please visit Jodi's shop at and then in the comments section of this post tell me what item you love most.

2. Be sure to leave your name and email address so that I can contact the winner!

This giveaway begins today, Wednesday, June 24th and ends at midnight on Monday, June 29th. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, June 30th!

Need more Beaded Art to Wear? Please check out Jodi's shop -

and her fantastic blog

Thank you, Jodi for this sensational tutorial and giveaway! You are a true inspiration. Please keep creating, creating and creating some more!


Amanda Fall - PersistentGreen said...

Wow--I've always been amazed by the intricate detail in Jodi's work, so it was a real treat to see this pendant completed step by step. The time and patience required blow me away. :)

My favorite item in her shop would have to be her blue teardrop earrings...but there are so many others I love, too. :)

Thanks, Jodi, and thank you to Natasha as well!

Jenjen @GottaLoveMom said...

I love Jodi's beadwork! I'm a fan. There are 2 things that I love:

1) The Pink Zinnia Ring

2) The Starry Night Ring

She's very talented and her work's intricately done. What great hand-eye coordination!

Phoenyx Ravenswing said...


As usual, what I like is just about everything! :-D

To narrow it down tho', at the moment, her pyrite earrings & her Stepping Stones cuff are catching my eye the most. :-)

Yes, indeed, thank'ee's muchly for sharing this step-by-step! :-)

Quick question for you Jodi - what do you do about cleaning the pieces, since they are fabric-backed? I was wondering about the cardboard-as-stiffener choice for that reason, as well as just being curious about the logistics of cleaning pieces that will rub on skin, sometimes skin that is sweaty or dusty.

Thnx again! :-)
BB & GF! :-)

PS - Captcha = glint. How very appropriate for such a post. :-D -B! :bird

jodi said...


Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my passion with everyone. I really appreciate all the support and encouragement you provided.


kcennis said...

Beautiful- and now I finally know how she does it. I love her creations!

cynthia said...

Thanks for the tutorial. Great photos and explanations make it seem possible to make a creation like you, Jodi, but the time and detail required to actually complete a piece is still a bit daunting.

I love the Night of Stars necklace. Love the colors, the shape of the necklace and the design of the beads within it, plus the shooting stars.
- Cynthia (

Melody Marie Murray said...

That's a lovely, clear tutorial! Nicely done.

Pencio said...

Merci beaucoup pour ce tuto !

Dawn N said...

Great tutorial. I've been hesitant to try beading the cabochons I have but I think I'll try after reading this.

My favorite piece in Jodi's shop is- Pyrite Bead Embroidered Earrings

Phoenyx Ravenswing said...


Email addy = phoenyxravenswing at gmail dot com.

BB & GF! :-)

Felicia Kramer said...

Wonderful tutorial! I'm a big fan already, and appreciated seeing how it's done. I can see how it would be really addicting. I love the Skipping Stone cuff. Gorgeous.

Kerrie Slade said...

What a fabulously clear tutorial and generous giveaway - great work Jodi and nice feature Natasha!

My favourite piece in Jodi's Etsy store would have to be the incredible 'Night of Stars'.

Kerrie :0)

jodi said...


To answer you question about cleaning - Ultrasuede is pretty durable that's why it is my preferred backing. You can clean it gently with a damp cloth. However, I treat my pieces like any other precious jewelry. Keep it in a jewelry bag so that it doesn't bang up against other pieces of jewelry. Don't submerge the piece in anything. Although I will mention that I did once forget to take off a pair of earrings before I got in the shower. Afterwards I just set them on the counter on a towel and within a day they were dry. This pair did not have cardboard backing.

Another thing is that I tend to use dark colors of ultrasuede for backing pieces so that there won't be discoloration from day to day wear.

Hope this helps.


gloria said...

This is so hard! I love the Abalone Drop Earrings #17577828.
These are gorgeous and the tutorial is great.
I am hemlockhollow and my email is:
Jodi does wonderful work!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Natasha
I am truly amazed by the tutorial and Jodi's talent. I know that she has always been artistic. Her beading has become her art and what art she has created!! Her blog and this tutorial have given, even me more insight into her creative side.
By the way, I am not in the running for the giveaway.
I am Jodi's Mom (Betsy)

Natasha said...

First, I want to welcome everyone and say thank you for coming to celebrate Jodi's work and enter this phenomenal giveaway....Jodi, thank YOU for sharing...what an inspiration you are ...truly!

And to Jodi's Mom, Betsy...welcome, welcome, welcome! What a beautiful message you left for your daughter! You are a beautiful Mom just as she is :) You raised an inspiring, talented, amazing daughter so kudos to you :) Her talent leaves us all in awe...this is such a great's amazing to see how she does it..she is truly a gift :)

Phoenyx Ravenswing said...


Thnx for the info, Jodi! :-)

Yes, that answers the question nicely. Dark colors & careful light washing as needed - makes complete sense. :-)

Thank you for your help! :-)
BB & GF! :-)

meherio68 said...

Great tutorial!
It makes it look so simple and easy— but I know this takes time and patience!

BrnEyedGal said...

Im loving the **Victorian Drop Earrings** So pretty....

That was such a cute tutorial, thanks!
ddavidpatrick at gmail dot com

Anne said...

Jodi's work is so fabulous and the tutorial makes it look easy. Wonderful job with it, Jodi!

I love the intricacy and detail of the creation and the boldness of the look.

I'm always saving my pennies for one of her cuffs - this time the black & white one. (Now if I could just put a moratorium on anyone buying it until I'm ready!)

Rose Works Jewelry said...

Fantastic tutorial!

AnnaBelleArts said...

That was beautifully done!

Ginja Girl Designs said...

So hard to pick a favorite! I love the butterfly much detail and a touch of whimsy. They are fantastic!
The tutorial is great,very detailed and easy to follow. The pendant is Gorgeous!! Mary

throuthehaze said...

i love the Purple Pearl Bullseye Pendant
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

bellajoya said...

I love each one of her pieces, but my favorite is the Hint of Spring Pendant. I love the idea of doing bead embroidery without a cabochon, it seems more organic.

Carol said...

Night of Stars is my favorite!
This is THE best picture tutorial I have ever seen for a bead embroidered cab. Thanks for posting it.

xashee's corner said...

WOW! Thank you for sharing such a GREAT tutorial!! Have a MARVELOUS day! :)