My strawberry pendant beading pattern is the result of a collaboration with L2 Studios in Slovakia. If you want to read the full story, you can find it in my blog. I just want to share with you a little part of it. The inspiration for the strawberry pendant came direct from the Cabochon. As soon as I saw it, I thought it looked like a strawberry. The texture and the colour seemed ‘right’, but the shape needed some modification.
So, that’s where I came in. Having used my seed beads to ‘capture’ the Cabochon, I then used geometric beading techniques to turn it into a strawberry shape. I added the bail and turned this into the strawberry leaves. If you wanted, you could bead a rope on which to hang this. Or, if you are short of time, just use some ribbon, a chain or a leather thong. If you are thinking about a rope, then you might want to consider my strawberries and cream theme!
Helpful Information for the Strawberry Pendant Pattern
The first thing you might be asking is where to get the Cabochon? That’s easy: you can find these in the L2 Studios shop on Etsy (red Sashiko Cabochon). The next question you could ask is, what is so special about these cabochons? Well, the answer is the incredible quality. I have beaded around a lot of different Cabochons in my time, but none as good as this. The design that goes into each one is fantastic. So, you end up with a little ridged edge that holds the beads in place. It is so easy to use. Even if this is new to you, I guarantee you will be able to create a neat finish. Each Cabochon is also ‘trademarked’ on the back, so if you are making jewellery to sell on, your customers will know you have used top quality components.
In addition, I used size 11 and size 8 seed beads from Miyuki. I deliberately chose the seed beads since they give a more organic look, which was perfect for the design. They are also cheaper than Delicas, so you can then afford to splash out on the Cabochon. I strongly suggest you stick to this brand. If you try using different beads, you may find the fit around the Cabochon isn’t as neat. If you want to know why this might be, then check out this blog.
You can expect to complete this design in a couple of hours. The majority is worked in circular Peyote. The instructions are very comprehensive, with diagrams to illustrate every step. But, if you do want some additional technique help, you can find free tutorials to download from this site.
So, celebrate the summer, celebrate luscious, healthy strawberries and enjoy some special beading!