Mark a dot for the position of the centre of the circlet. Start your thread in this spot, then bring the needle up in the same spot. Pick up a large central bead and slide it down to the surface.
Pick up a smaller bead on the same thread to act as a stopper.
Take the needle back through the central bead, then draw the thread through so the stopper sits securely on the central bead.
Bring the needle up a small bead’s width away at the 6 o’clock position (directly below the bead).
Pick up enough beads to encircle the central bead.
Take the needle back down at the point where you came through. Draw the thread through.
Couch the encircling thread (see ‘Couching with a single needle (beadwork)’ for more information), at the 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock positions to finish. For larger circles, you may wish to couch further points.
For smaller circlets, mark a dot for the position of the centre of the circlet. Start your thread just to the side of this spot. Pick up your central bead and take the needle back through the spot.
Bring the needle up at the 6 o’clock position and thread on enough petite beads to encircle the central bead. Take the needle back down at the 6 o’clock position.
Couch the encircling thread at the 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock positions to finish.
Structure of stitch
Circlets cane be worked in different sizes, as part of larger designs - flower centres or berries, for example - or as stand-alone shapes. They can enclose any shape - it need not be circular - such as an oval or teardrop shaped jewel, or a pretty shell or stone.
Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.378