by Helen (England)
These beaded Christmas ornaments to make are really simple, and can be adapted to use any design you like...
The idea for these began when I learned how to do beaded tapestry from Eliza McClelland at a craft fair in January. Since then I have become obsessed with beads â€“ and my boyfriend has watched me turn into a magpie!
You will need:
You can make up your own patterns or you can download these ones that I made:
The process for beading these ornaments is lot like doing cross-stitch, in case you have any experience with that. Start by threading your needle onto a longish bit of thread. If it is really long it can tangle, but on the plus side youâ€™ll need to change threads less frequently. Knot the two ends of the thread together so that the needle canâ€™t be pulled off the thread.
Now put your needle into the canvas where youâ€™d like to start beading and bring it up through a hole that is one hole up and one hole across from where you started.
Pull the thread almost all the way through the canvas so that you end up with a little loop
Put the needle through the loop and then pull the thread tight â€“ you should end up with your thread attached securely on your canvas.
Push the needle through to the other side so that now the knot is on the back of the canvas.
Youâ€™re going to do half-cross-stitches now, and youâ€™ll put one bead onto your needle for each stitch. To do this, thread a bead onto your needle. Then put your needle into the canvas one hole up and one hole across from where you started. Bring the needle out one hole across from where you put it in ready to start the next stitch. You can do this all in the one motion of the needle, like in the picture below:
Keep adding more beads in the same fashion:
When you run out of thread, push the needle through to the back of the canvas. Then slide it under one of the stitches and tie the thread in a tight knot.
Keep adding rows until you've completed your 19x19 bead square. Then keep going and make more squares. You'll need six in total. Keep a spacing of at least 1" between squares
Cut the squares out, leaving a 1/2" border around each.
Carefully fold down the canvas on each side of every square - this will help you make a neat edges where two squares join.
Thread a length of the wool with the darning needle and make a largish knot on the back. Push the darning needle through the canvas from the wrong side to the right side at the corner of one of the squares.
Now push it into the corner of another square, and sew the two squares together with a simple running stitch. So basically you poke the needle down through hole 1, up through hole 2, down through hole 3, etc
When you get to the edge of the square you can use the same length of thread to join the next square on. When you get to the end of a piece of wool you can tie it off on the inside of the cube.
Keep going until you have just three seams left â€“ these should all lead into the same corner of the cube. Sew up each seam with a separate piece of wool, starting away from the common corner and finishing up there â€“ donâ€™t tie off the wool but leave it quite long.
You should now have three pieces of wool all coming out of the same corner of the cube â€“ braid these together and then tie them into a loop to make the hanging loop. Carefully trim off the ends.
Here are the finished baubles:
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