How I made this beaded Christmas bauble cover
To start I made a row of bugle beads, I stitched round and round so they sat together side by side
next part is decreasing brick stitch with size 11 seed beads
the first row of brick stitch has 10 beads and then decreasing each row until the last row has 2 beads
then I added 10 rows of square stitch
then I repeated the brick stitch triangle on the other side of the bugle beads
added a dangle
and another shorter dangle
(the drop beads are from my stash but any larger bead can be used at the ends of the dangles)
I decided 5 dangles would be right for my bauble so I made 4 more, I sewed in and cut off the dangle end threads but not the other ends as I need them to join everything together.
On a smaller bauble 4 dangles might be enough or if you want them closer together on a larger bauble make more.
next using size 8 seed beads I made a two row circle that fitted around the top of my bauble
I made this circle 30 beads long as I needed it to be divisible by 5 so I could evenly space the other pieces around it.
the dangling pieces are now all sewn on, and threads are all sewn in and cut off
I placed the bauble on a little stand I made from kitchen towel roll holder, added a long piece of thread and sewed around with more beads.
to finish off I added a row of fancy swags with bead drops
Experienced beaders can probably work out how to design and make these themselves from these guidelines but if you need more help
see my Christmas workshops page to book a lesson.
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