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It took me three tries to figure out the best way to make this flower component, but once I figured it out - it's so easy that I'm going to make a garden full of these beaded flowers. The project was inspired by the cheery yellow aurora borealis finish crystal bead in the center.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Materials to Make a Beaded Flower Component
I made this component twice with Nymo thread (size D) and once with Fireline 6 lb crystal. I prefer the fireline because the resulting component was just a little tighter and stiffer.
The center bead is a 6mm faceted opaque yellow crystal with AB 2X finish, I used white 6mm x 8mm faceted glass drops for the petals and antique gold 11/0 delica beads to surround the crystal and at the ends of the drop beads.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Starting the Circular Brick Stitch
Fundamentally, this component is a single round of circular brick stitch, and rather than adding a picot for decoration, it is similar to adding a fringe - where the fringe consists of only one drop bead.
I recommend you review this step by step if you are not familiar with how to do circular brick stitch.
To start, surround the center bead with thread loops. I like to go around the bead twice because I think it makes my stitches more secure.
For the first stitch, string one delica, one drop bead... starting with the longer, slender side and a second delica bead.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Skip the Delica and Stitch Down Through the Drop Bead
Skip the delica and stitch back through the drop bead. This is similar to how to make straight fringe - you skip the last bead in a segment because it is a turn around bead.
Pull the thread tight and make sure the beads rest tightly together with no gaps. I find the easiest way to do this is to grasp the beadwork by the turn bead and pull on the working thread to tighten.
Normally, the first brick stitch in circular brick stitch uses two beads next to the center bead. That is still the case with... this design - you are only halfway through the first stitch at this point.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Add a Second Delica to Complete the First Circular Brick Stitch
Pick up one delica bead, stitch under the thread surrounding the center bead and back up the delica as you normally would in circular brick stitch. Pull thread to secure.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Completing the First Stitch of the Daisy Flower Component
Now you are finished with your first brick stitch. For the next stitch, pick up one drop bead (skinny end first) and a delica bead.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Adding a Second Petal to the Beaded Flower Component
To add the second petal, stitch back down through the drop bead, skipping the delica turn around bead. Pick up one more delica and stitch under the thread surrounding the center bead and then back up through the delica as you normally do in circular brick stitch. Your second stitch is complete.
Repeat this process of picking up a drop bead and delica, stitching back down through the drop bead, pulling the beads close to the prior beads, picking up one more delica, stitching under the thread... and back up through the delica to complete the brick stitch.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Deciding When to Add One More Bead
One of the hardest parts of circular brick stitch is deciding whether or not to add one more bead to a round. Sometimes, it will look like one more can fit, but if you add it, the project can be just a little to tight and buckle.
In this case, I have room for one more petal bead.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Completing the Circle of the First Round of Brick Stitch
After the petal is added, you still need to join the row of delica beads surrounding the center. Stitch down the first bead you added, under the thread surrounding the center bead and back up through the same bead to complete the round - and complete your flower component!
To tie off the threads, I stitched down the last bead and through the center hole to bring the thread to the other side where I had left a 6 inch tail. Stitch through one delica on the other side, remove the needle and put it... on the tail.
Stitch through the delica next to what was your working thread. Tie a small surgeon's knot to secure and trim threads. Stitch back down through a delica and the center to conceal the knots.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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How to Use Your Beaded Daisy Flower Components in Jewelry
I plan to make several more daisy flower components - and then decide if I will make some into pendants, earrings or stitch several together to make a bracelet. These components are very quick to make and can be joined by adding jump rings in the hole in the turn around beads at the end of the petals or by stitch the petal ends together.