You can then turn these beaded buttons into useful brooches for yourself and/or your friends – who wouldn’t love one?
This is a delightful little workshop from Fran in which she shows us how to make the simplest of button brooches which starts off with some laid work round the button and then a 3-bead edging. Fran also shows us how to start the project with your needle ready threaded and also how to finish – such important little steps.
According to Fran these little projects can be made in under an hour; and she has several books available in the shop covering other simple and more challenging items, as well as another workshop on Fran’s little bags.
Want to make a start straight away? why not purchase the pattern: download the pattern.
If you are interested in the rather unusual resin beads Fran uses, these are made by a company trading as McAnaraks; they are made by Fran Harkes and Steve Cormack in a workshop near Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland. Fran does the arty bits and Steve does the technical stuff. These handmade resin buttons are colourful,funky and vivid and of interest to button collectors and you can get more information on their own website at
Fran has a passion for beading and she loves sharing that excitement with her students
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