I don’t have any finished embellished work to show you, but I wanted to share some thoughts and some of the playing around I am doing. Maybe it will give you some jumping off ideas.
Below are two beaded brooches I made a long time ago. The centerpieces are buttons. A string of beads has been couched around each button. Once the string of beads has been couched in place, you can go back through the strand of beads with your needle and beading thread several more times to secure it. From there more beads can be added that are not stitched to the ground cloth. The brooches were stitched onto ultra-suede, but a similar technique could be used on fabric.