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To make each flower, you will need the following materials:
- 2 grams of size 11 Japanese seed beads in two colors: Main color (A) and accent color (B)
- 1 gram of size 11 hex-cut bead (C)
- Braided beading thread in 6lb test or Nymo D
- Size 12 beading needle
On a comfortable length of thread (no longer than 5') and leaving a 3" tail, string a stop bead. Pick up 1 B, 9 A, and 3 B. Skip the last B added and pass needle and thread through the next B.Continue to 2 of 14 below.
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Pick Up the Next Set of BeadsPick up 1 B, 9 A, and 1 B.Continue to 3 of 14 below.
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Work the Next PicotPick up 9 A and 3 B. Skip the last B added and pass through the next B. Pick up 1 B.Continue to 4 of 14 below.
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Continue Stringing and Stitching the PicotsContinue in this manner until you have 6 picots made. End by stringing 1 B and 9 A.Continue to 5 of 14 below.
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Start Stitching the Netted BaseRemove the stop bead.
Pass needle and thread through the first B strung and the next 6 A.Continue to 6 of 14 below.
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Make the Seventh PicotTo make the seventh picot and start working the netting to gather the base together, pick up 3 A and 3 B. Skip the last B and pass through the next B. String 1 B and 3 A.Continue to 7 of 14 below.
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Weave Back Into the BasePass needle and thread down through the six beads nearest the next center B bead. Pass through the center B bead and pull snugly.Continue to 8 of 14 below.
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Stitch the Next PetalPick up 1 B and pass through the next B bead in the ring. Pass needle and thread up through the next 6 A beads before the next picot.Continue to 9 of 14 below.
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Finish Stitching the BaseContinue to work as outlined in Steps 6 - 8 to gather the petals together. Remember to add a B bead into the base before stitching the following petal.Continue to 10 of 14 below.
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Begin Adding the Second Layer to the BaseWeave needle and thread through the base so that you are exiting one of the center B beads.
Pick up 6 C and 3 B. Skip the last B and pass needle and thread through the next B.Continue to 11 of 14 below.
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Continue Second LayerPick up 1 B and 6 C. Skip the next B bead in the center of the flower and pass needle and thread through the next center B bead.Continue to 12 of 14 below.
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Stitch 5 More Petals in the Second LayerContinue adding petals of the second layer using C and B beads until you have a total of 6 new petals.
After adding the last petal, weave needle and thread so that you are exiting from the third C bead of the first petal made.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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Gather the Second Layer of Petals TogetherTo gather the second layer of petals together, pick up 3 B. Skip the last B and pass needle and thread through the next B. Pick up 1 B. Pass needle and thread down through the bottom 3 C beads of the next petal.Continue to 14 of 14 below.
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The Finished FlowerAfter you have added a total of 6 picots in between the 6 petals of the second layer, weave thread into the beadwork, knot and add a drop of glue if desired, weave the thread into the beadwork a little more and trim close to the beadwork. Weave in the tail that is coming out of the center circle of B beads as well.
Ideas for Using Russian Flowers
- These flowers make wonderful brooches and pins. You can work them up in a variety of colors using a variety of seed beads - try using triangle beads... instead of hex-cut beads for the second layer of embellishment.
- Use one as the centerpiece for a fabulous corsage-like bracelet.
- Dangle three or four from a netted necklace.
- Make a statement pendant by combining three or four peyote-stitched Russian style leaves in a cluster underneath a flower and hang from a beaded or satin rope.
- Work two in size 15 beads and make a stunning pair of earrings.
- Stitch a Swarovski crystal or gemstone bead as an accent into the center ring.