This beaded cover pattern is for a small size glass tree ornament. It uses a beaded lace stitch this is a modified version of vertical netting.
Please click on any image in this tutorial for a full-size view.
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Gather Your Beads and Beading Supplies
You'll need the following round Japanese seed beads, in the colors of your choice, to make one ornament cover:
- About 1.6 grams of size 11/0 beads in color A
- About 1.5 grams of size 11/0 beads in color B
- 36 size 8/0 beads in color C
This is a basic project that requires your personal kit of essential beadweaving supplies. I recommend 6-pound FireLine beading thread and a size 10 beading needle. To cut the FireLine, you can use side wire cutters or Xuron Beading Thread Cutters.
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Grab an Ornament
You'll also need a small glass Christmas tree ornament with a horizontal middle diameter of about 1 7⁄16 inches. (If your ornament is slightly larger than this, you can experiment with adding additional size 11/0 beads to the pattern to eliminate areas where too much thread may otherwise show through.)
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String the Top Ring of Beads
Cut an arms' span of beading thread and thread the needle for single-strand beadweaving.
String six sets of the following motif of beads: 6A, 1B.
Slide the beads down to about eight inches from the end of the thread. Bring the ends of this little strand of beads together and tie a square knot in the thread.
Pass the needle through the next six beads in the ring, exiting through a B bead, and pull the thread taut.
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String the Beads for the First Side Loop
String the following beads:
1A, 3B, 1A, 1B, 1C, 1A, 1C, 1B, 1A, 3B, 1A, 1B, 1C, 1A, 1C, 1B, 1A, 3B, 1A, 1B, 1A, 3B, 1A, 1B, 1C, 1A, 1C, 1B, 1A, 3B, 1A, 1B, 1C, 1A, 1C, 1B, 1A, 3B, 1A.Continue to 5 of 17 below.
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Complete the First Side Loop
Pass the needle through the same B that the thread exited at the end of Step 3, going in the same direction. Pull the thread taut to complete the loop. (Please remember that you can click on the image for a full-size view.)
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Reposition the Thread for the Next Loop
Going in the same direction, pass the needle through the next six beads, bringing the thread out through the next B in the top ring. Pull the thread taut again.
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String the Beads for the Next Side Loop
String the following beads:
1A, 3B, 1A, 1B, 1C, 1A, 1C, 1B, 1A, 3B, 1A, 1B, 1C, 1A, 1C, 1B, 1A, 3B, 1A, 1B, 1A, 3B, 1A, 1B, 1C, 1A, 1C, 1B, 1A, 3B, 1A, 1B.
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Connect This Loop With the Previous Loop
Pass the needle up through the first set of 1C, 1A, 1C in the previous loop.Continue to 9 of 17 below.
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Complete This Loop
String 1B, 1A, 3B, and 1A.
Pass through the same B bead that your thread exited in Step 6. Pull the thread taut.
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Make the Next Four Side Loops and Begin the Last Loop
Repeat Steps 6-9 to make three more connected side loops around the top ring.
To begin the last (sixth) side loop, pick up 1A, 3B, 1A, and 1B. Then pass down through the last set of 1C, 1A, 1C in the very first loop.
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Complete the Last Loop
String 1B, 1A, 3B, 1A, 1B, 1C, 1A, 1C, 1B, 1A, 3B, 1A, 1B, 1A, 3B, 1A, 1B, 1C, 1A, 1C, 1B, 1A, 3B, 1A, and 1B.
Pass up through the first set of 1C, 1A, 1C in the second-from-last side loop.
String 1B, 1A, 3B, and 1A, and pass through the B in the top ring that your thread originally exited, going in the same direction. Pull the thread taut to complete the final side loop.
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Reposition the Thread
Navigate back down through the first side of the last side loop by sewing through the beads, going in the same direction that you initially strung them. Pass the needle through until you reach the B that sits between two As at the bottom center of the loop. Exit that bead, and pull the thread gently taught.Continue to 13 of 17 below.
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Start Attaching the Cover to the Ornament
Slip the top ring on your beadwork over the top of the holiday ornament, and allow the side loops to drape down against the sides.
While holding the beadwork on with your fingers, string 9A.
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Stitch Into the Next Side Loop
Pass the needle through the single B that is situated between two A beads at the bottom center of the next side loop.
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Connect the Next Pair of Side Loops
Repeat Steps 13-14 to stitch on another strand of 9B.
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Complete the Bottom Ring
Continue this process to connect the bottoms of all six side loops with little strands of 9B. Pull the thread tight to cinch up the tension.
Hold up your ornament by its top, and check to see how the beadwork fits. The bottom ring of beads that you just completed should be snug against the ornament. This will be the case with most size 11/0 Japanese seed beads; however, occasionally you may come across some 11/0 beads that are slightly larger than most. With those, your bottom ring will be too... loose. If it is, remove the entire bottom ring of beads, pulling out one segment at a time, and try again using segments of fewer beads. For example, you may get a perfect fit by stitching sets of 8B (instead of 9B), or even sets of 7B.Continue to 17 of 17 below.
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Weave-In and End the Thread Tails
Weave-in your working thread by passing through several beads at time, making several half-hitch knots over the existing thread along the way. Be sure to keep the thread pulled tight to preserve the tension in the bottom ring of beads. When the thread feels secure, trim it off close to the beadwork.
Thread the needle on the tail of thread that you left on the top ring of beads when you started the project. Use the same technique to weave it in, and trim it off close to the beadwork.
The ornament... cover is now complete. Now that you have the hang of the technique, try it in different colors with other ornaments in your collection.
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