Friday, August 19, 2011

FREE: Beaded Washer with Scallop Stitched Edging Tutorial

Hello on this fine middle of the night/morning! Blogging in the AM. Look at me being productive! I wanted to share my latest design:

I made this last night while trying to tell myself that I can make new designs with old ideas. (Trying not to beat a dead horse here). It turned out vastly better than expected! I almost always forget that scallop stitch provides such a pretty edging. I learned it years ago and have since applied it to my work only a handful of times. *shame on you Tamara* Never fear! I will promise to use it more in the future. This is the reverse of my newly created beaded washer pendant:

If you would like to purchase this little beauty, then please visit my Etsy store. I just finished listing it (among updating almost everything on my web pages).

However, if you would like to learn how to create the turquoise washer, read on:

Beaded Washer with Scallop Stitched Edging Tutorial


· Size 11° seed beads in two colors

· Size 8° seed beads

· Fireline

· Needle

· Scissors

· Washer (any size)

Step 1: Attaching the thread to a washer.

Make a loop with the tail of your thread using an overhand knot (Fig. 1).

Fig. 1

Make a lark’s head knot around a washer by passing the needle through the washer and then through the loop (Fig. 2). Pull tight.

Fig. 2

Step 2: First Round

String two Delicas. Pass the thread under the washer and back through the second Delica (Fig. 3).

Fig. 3

Using this brick stitch technique, continue adding one bead at a time until the washer is stitched with an even number of beads. Pass down through the first bead, under the washer, and back through the first bead. The first round is complete (Fig. 4

Fig. 4

Step 3: Scallop Stitched Edging

3A: String 5A and pass down through the third base bead. (Fig. 5) Pass up through the second base bead.

Fig. 5

3B: String 2B, an 8°, and 2B. Pass down through the fourth base bead. (Fig. 6)Pass up through the third base bead and the last A from the previous unit.

Fig. 6

*String 4A and pass down through the fifth base bead. (Fig. 7) Pass up through the fourth base bead and the last B in the previous unit.

Fig. 7

String 1B, an 8°, and 2B. Pass down through the sixth base bead. (Fig. 8) Pass up through the fifth base bead and the last A of the previous unit.*

Fig. 8
Repeat from * until you pass down through the last base bead.

Pass up through the next to last base bead and the last B from the previous unit.

String 3A and pass down through both the first A from step 3A and the first base bead. Pass up through the last base bead.

String 1B, an 8°, and 1B. Pass down through both the first B from step 3B and the second base bead. Weave the thread through your work and trim.

*Note: remember to pass the needle under each seed bead unit as you pass up through the two seed beads.

You should end up with a washer that looks like this:

If you have any questions, please let me know. Keep in mind that I am writing this during a time that any reasonable human being should be asleep.

And yes, those are my fingers. Somehow, I've always had a hard time believing that one can have pretty fingernails AND work with their hands. (That is unless of course you are paid to do so). Personal opinion I guess. The up side is that I quit biting my fingernails in February!!!


  1. What a pretty edging, thank you for sharing the tutorial.

  2. Tamara, I've been noticing that edging a lot lately, and wondered how to do it. Thank you!

    Btw, I've always thought that about my hands too. Pretty would be nice, but not if it means being careful with my hands!

  3. Pretty, but you lost me during the tutorial. I've never beaded before, lol.

  4. Thanks you Therese and KipperCat! Julie, I think I should have included another photo near the end, but I lost track of time while beading. I'll work on making the instructions clearer.

    I'll take beat up looking hands any day. That way you don't have to worry about messing them up!

  5. I don't think it has anything to do with pics or not, lol. I'm NOT by any standard a beader. I can sew them on my cross stitch projects, and that's it!!! So your tutorial is in Greek to me!! I like to look at the finished product though!!!

  6. Well then, I shall have more finished products for you to look at then. Any suggestions?

    I'm thinking of a sketches vs. finished pieces blog post or series.

  7. Thank you for the tutorial...I would loved to seen the necklace you put the pendant on. If you made your own would love to see it. I would love to have the tutorial for the second picture up there. From what I can tell it is basically the same pattern except for the center. Very curious here.

  8. Beautiful tutorial, thank your generousity!
    -Eva Maria

  9. Hello Dana! I am going to make a full tutorial for the project. The second picture is the reverse side of the front. I will notify everyone when it will be available for sale.

    Thank you Eva.