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Love Is All We Need – bead embroidery tutorial

Love Is All We Need – bead embroidery tutorial

Article from guest blogger and beader Zuzi Hake for Erika Sandor – The Storytelling Jeweller.

It has been one year since Erika presented heart-shaped art quality cabochons by L2Studio. I fell in love at first sight. I made several pieces as love has been always around in some form.



Once a little child manages to draw a circle, she continues with drawing a heart. At least my kids did. It is symbol that everyone understands.


What will you need to make this brooch/pendant?

Material list



  • 0.12 mm Fireline,
  • beading needle,
  • glue (I used E-6000 or F-6000),
  • bead mat,
  • sharp scissors,
  • cardboard paper. (I used hard paper from chocolate.)


Useful links and tutorials:

  • Rock my heart tutorial – I strongly recommend this to take your design further and get even more inspiration. You will learn how to include a bezeled rivoli and filigrees in your beadwork and Erika has another way how to manage the heart shape bezel so your beads fit perfectly. Also, it doesn’t always have to be a heart cabochon, L2Studio has beautiful oval, square, drop-shaped cabochons you can use instead!
  • Backstitch, Attaching Preciosa rhinestone cup chain and Beaded edge – bead embroidery tutorials by Erika.



Inspiring material you can include:

How to make your brooch?


  1. Glue your cabochon using E6000 to a piece of Ultra Suede that comfortably fits your hand. The size of the final beadwork isn’t too big.
    Tie a knot on your Fireline and stitch from back to front. Start in the center of heart shape. Add 2 pieces 11/0 Delica beads using backstitch (check Erika’s video tutorials on the Traveller pendant for guidance), going all around the cabochon in this way. Finish with an even number of Delica beads. This is important so you can continue with peyote stitch in the next steps.






2. Use peyote stitch, adding one 11/0 Delica bead to every second bead from the first row. When you finish this step, exit the first Delica bead as you see in the picture, so you can start a new row. I added 2 more rows of Delica beads in this way. The number of rows depends on the cabochon you have. They are handmade, sometimes their thickness or size may vary because of the clay/porcelain or glaze that was used.




3. Add one row of 15/0 round seed beads. When you finish your row, you can turn direction through Delica beads (your thread won’t be visible, check pictures below) and add 1 piece of 11/0 seed bead in the center of your heart cabochon. Connect the 11/0 seed bead with the 11/0 Delica bead above it by making a loop. The beads fit nicer in this way. Use thread path through beads to get to your foundation. Tie a knot.
I suggest checking Erika’s tutorial Rock my heart for seeing other options on bezeling this cabochon.






4. Add a row of 2 mm fire-polished beads using 2-bead backstitch. Pick new beads in pairs and then sew through them. The number of beads doesn’t need to be even at the end. When you finish your row, you may need to repeat the thread path through all newly added beads. It depends on your thread tension, stitches, beads you used. Tie a knot on the back of foundation and stitch to the front for next step 😉



5. Prepare your rhinestone cup chain. I usually start on the side, so the first and last crystal fit nicely and it’s also easier to manage the imperfections that may appear while sewing. Don’t cut the chain until you sew the last pieces of rhinestones.
Your thread goes from back to front, through 2 crystals, and down to the foundation. Crystals are connected with a flat metal chain, this is the component you need to attach. Tie a knot on the back again and cut your thread.
If needed, use F6000 with a precision tip to glue the first and last crystal to fix them on the foundation.
(Erika’s note: you can use a toothpick to apply the glue if you don’t have a version with a precision tip.)



6. Cut your beadwork and glue it on a piece of cardboard paper. Let it dry and cut it all around again, leaving only a 0.5 mm edge.


7. Adding brooch/pendant component, cutting and gluing the backing – this is how I do it. Place the component on your beadwork and make marks with a pen to see where you want to attach it, this will help you to glue it correctly. Then, do the same on backing Ultra Suede or leather – make marks with pen followed with 3 cuts into the backing – holes for holder and pin. Add glue to your beadwork and metal component and connect these two. Leave it dry and cut the extra Ultra Suede on the edges.





8. Connect all 3 layers (foundation, cardboard paper, backing) by making an edge with a simple Delica row. It starts with 2 beads, you stitch back through the second bead and continue adding single Delica bead per stitch until the very end. Connect last bead you added with the very first bead, with single stitch without adding beads. (See Traveller series for more details about edges.)


9. Adding decoration from Miyuki slender bugle beads – exit a Delica bead, pick up a bugle bead and a 15/0 seed bead. Bead back to bugle bead and Delica. Decorate the edge in this way until the last Delica bead. I really hope you like what you see on your bead mat 🙂





10. Adding one more row of decorating beads. This makes the final, pointy-popping look. I used more beads to add size and also contrast with the color and finish. Exit Delica bead and pick 2 Delicas, slender bugle bead, 15/0 seed bead and stitch back through slender bugle, 2 Delicas, and Delica from the edge. Add these beads to the front and back interchangeably all around to create an even stronger 3D effect. Don’t forget to control your thread tension, so the bugle beads stand strong. This part needs a bit more patience and time, but it’s definitely worth making. Finish your beadwork with a knot and cut the thread.


Congratulations! Your brooch is finished!





Enjoy your new brooch and share it with us in Storytelling Beading Club!


Comments (19)

  1. Zuzi, thank you so much for this amazing tutorial. I am working on it already and I absolutely love it! It is so much fun to make and your instructions are super clear! So much appreciate all the work and time you put into inspiring and guiding us! 🙂

    Anita Schackmann
    Mar 18, 2021 Reply
  2. Thank you very much for one more wonderful tutorial and the inspiration!

    Katalin Dudas
    Feb 26, 2021 Reply
    • Thank you Kata, likewise! <3

      Zuzi Hake
      Mar 1, 2021 Reply
  3. You are amazing, such an inspiration for us!

    Feb 26, 2021 Reply
    • Thank you so much Vania! I’m happy to bead with you all 🙂

      Zuzi Hake
      Mar 1, 2021 Reply
  4. Thank you so much for this tutorial.It is beautiful and will have to wait to
    order the heart until I sell something. Zuzi I can’t wait to get the heart but
    will be exciting when I do.

    Feb 26, 2021 Reply
    • Thank you so much Deb! I totally understand and I look forward to your jewel once it’s finished 🙂

      Zuzi Hake
      Mar 1, 2021 Reply
  5. Zuzi, you are a treasure. Thanks for this gorgeous design!

    Diane Sawczyn
    Feb 25, 2021 Reply
    • Thank you Diane, now I’m really blushing 😉

      Zuzi Hake
      Mar 1, 2021 Reply
  6. Thank you for a beautiful Tutorial! What a charming design.

    Chelsea Johnson
    Feb 25, 2021 Reply
    • You’re very welcome Chelsea, enjoy! 🙂

      Zuzi Hake
      Mar 1, 2021 Reply
  7. Thank you so much. It’s such a beautiful brooch.

    Eva Hartmann
    Feb 25, 2021 Reply
    • Thank you Eva, I’m very happy you like it! Please, get inspired and show us your brooch when you finish it 🙂

      Zuzi Hake
      Mar 1, 2021 Reply
  8. Thank you for the pattern

    Feb 25, 2021 Reply
    • You’re welcome Kathy, enjoy!

      Zuzi Hake
      Mar 1, 2021 Reply
  9. Zuzi je to skvost 💕 ✨ výborný, zrozumiteľný návod … uz len sa odhodlať 🤗 Ďakujem 😘

    Ludmila Turzova
    Feb 25, 2021 Reply
    • Dakujem Ti Ludka 🙂 som si ista, ze by to usila raz-dva, naozaj to nie je narocne. Ako pises, uz len sa odhodlat.

      Zuzi Hake
      Mar 1, 2021 Reply
  10. Zuzi- thank you so much for this easy to understand tutorial. It’s a beautiful work of art.

    Kimberly Martin
    Feb 25, 2021 Reply
    • Thank you Kim, I’m flattered! Enjoy!

      Zuzi Hake
      Mar 1, 2021 Reply

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