Beaded Ornament Tutorials

I did these tutorials a while ago for a group I’m in on Ebay and thought I’d share them here.

Beaded ornaments

First, you need an ornament. If you want, you can remove the color by soaking in bleach or ammonia (do not combine these!). Some gentle scrubbing may be needed. If there is color on the inside of the ornament, add some salt to the liquid and shake gently til it all comes off. Rinse thoroughly and let dry.

Next you need beads. I use seed beads (size 11 mostly), bugle beads and then whatever larger beads I can find. I try to keep the larger beads under 15mm. I mostly use the cheap seed and bugle beads available at Wallyworld or chain craft stores. I prefer silver lined seed beads for the sparkle.

You also need beading thread, beading needles (size 12 is a nice size), sissors, and clear glue for sealing knots (I use Fray Check for fabric).

There are 2 types of netting. I call one drop netting and the other diamond netting. I haven’t a clue what they’re really called lol. Let’s start with drop netting. Diamond netting will be a different tutorial.

String enough seed beads (main color) to fit around the neck of your ornament. Keep it in multiples of 5. You may want to make every fifth bead a 2nd color (accent color) to make it easier to find later.

Tie into a circle and pass through enough beads so that you are coming out of an accent color bead (the blue ones in the pic). String 11 seed beads (or 5 main color, 1 accent color, 5 main color) and pass through the next accent color bead. Repeat all the way around the circle. On the last one also pass thru the first 6 beads of the first 11 beads you added.

Do the next row with 15 seed beads (7 main color, 1 accent, 7 main). On the last one also pass thru the first 8 beads of this row .

Continue with these amount of beads for each row:

Row 3 – 19 seed beads (9 main color, 1 accent, 9 main)
Row 4 – 23 seed beads (11 main color, 1 accent, 11 main)
Row 5 – 23 seed beads (11 main color, 1 accent, 11 main)
Row 6 – 19 seed beads (9 main color, 1 accent, 9 main)
Row 7 – 15 seed beads (7 main color, 1 accent, 7 main)

Now pass through all the accent beads of the last row without adding any new beads. Go through them several times and pull tight.

Your ornament should look similar to this:

I normally add fringe. Fringe is the fun part! You can use one or more types of fringe on the same ornament. You could possibly use them all. I’m a firm believer that there’s no such thing as too much fringe. These instructions are not set in stone. Add more or less beads. Start higher or lower on the ornament. Do the same fringe on several rows or the ornament. These fringe instructions are basic so you can add nearly anything you want to them.

There are more types of fringe than I’ve listed here. To be honest, I really make it up as I go along.

When you’ve finished your ornament weave back through the beads to the top and tie off your thread. Add a drop of glue to the knot (and any others you may have added along the way) and let dry. Snip off excess thread and you’re done.

Fringe style #1
Weave back up the ornament til you are coming out of an accent bead on row 5.

String 1 seed bead , bugle beads, 1 seed bead. The number of bugles depends on the size. The whole line of beads should be 2 – 2 ½ inches long. Add a larger bead (or 2 or 3) and 1 seed bead. Pass back through all the beads except the last seed bead. Pass through the original accent bead from the opposite side that you started from.

Add another fringe, with 1 or 2 less bugles than the first. Add another fringe with 1 or 2 less bugles than the second one. You can add more, always 1 or 2 less bugles than the last but I usually stop with 3.

Weave over to the next accent bead in the row and repeat the fringe.

Fringe style #2

Weave back up the ornament til you are coming out of an accent bead on row 5.

String 1 seed, 1-2 bugles (depends on size), 1 seed, 1 (or 2 or 3) larger bead, 1 seed, 1-2 bugles, 1 seed and pass through the next accent bead in the row. Repeat.

Fringe style #2a
Pass through the first fringe until you are coming out of the last larger bead (tho this style works best with just one larger bead). String about 1 inch or so of seed or bugle beads (remember the seed beads at the beginning and end of the bugle beads,), 1 larger bead, 1 seed. Pass back through all but the last seed bead and back through the original larger bead(s) from the same side you came out.

Repeat on the other side.

String a shorter fringe on the first side, a few beads shorter than the first. Repeat on the other side. Weave over to the middle beads of the next fringe and repeat.

Be careful of your thread tension. The fringe should swing freely.

Fringe style #3

String 4-6 inches of seed or bugle beads. I try to keep this an even number. Go back through the opposite of the accent bead you came out of, creating a loop. Repeat for all the accent beads.

Flip ornament over and string 3 seed beads, add enough seed or bugle beads to just reach the bottom of the loops, add a larger bead (or 2 or 3), 1 seed bead. Pass back thru all but the last seed bead and the first 3 seed beads. String 3 more seed beads and pass through the accent bead opposite the accent bead you started from.



Fringe style #4

Weave back up the ornament til you are coming out of an accent bead on row 5.

String 34 seed beads and pass through the 2nd accent bead from the one you started with. The beads should droop slightly between the accent beads.

Repeat all the way around. You should return to the bead you started from.

Weave to the accent bead you skipped and repeat the above but weave under the first row of fringe before going through the next accent bead. I often do this in a second color.


Tips:

If you need to add more thread, try to get the knot as close to the last bead as possible.

You can work on or off the ornament until you get to a point where you are decreasing (adding less beads each row), then you must work on the ornament.

You may need to adjust the bead count depending on the size ornament or the size of beads you are working on/with.

Variations:

Instead of decreasing, do several more rows like row 5 and leave the bottom open.

Use a larger seed bead or small crystals for the accent bead.

Use bugle beads instead of seed beads
note: Always begin and end with a seed bead. Bugles are sharp and can cut the thread.
Bead count would be: Row 1 – 1 seed, 1 bugle, 1 seed, 1 bugle, 1 seed
 Row 2 – 1 seed, 2 bugles, 1 seed, 2 bugles, 1 seed
 Row 3 – 1 seed, 3 bugles, 1 seed, 3 bugles, 1 seed
Continue as needed.

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Published in: on October 29, 2007 at 10:13 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. I just love this and made it and it turn out so pretty. Just like to know do you have more on these Beaded Ornament Tutorials

  2. These are my only tutorials for beaded ornaments. I usually make up my designs as I go along or work from Laura Jansen’s Beadecked Ornaments books.

    Dystini


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