Beaded Christmas Ornaments to Make

by Helen (England)

beaded christmas ornaments to make

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 - and my boyfriend has watched me turn into a magpie!

Materials
Beaded Christmas Ornaments to Make

You will need:

  • A piece of 12 count (12 holes per inch) tapestry canvas. Try and get the double thread variety if you can.
  • Some seed beads - size 9, 10 and 11 will all work fine.
  • White thread.
  • An embroidery needle (it needs to be fine enough to pass through the center of the bead)
  • DK (worsted weight) wool
  • Darning needle
  • Scissors
For the cube you will need 6 beaded squares. I have made mine 19x19 beads (about 4 cm or 1.5" on each side) but you can make yours bigger or smaller. If you make the cube much bigger then you might need to put some stuffing into it to help it keep its shape.

Beading
Beaded Christmas Ornaments to Make

You can make up your own patterns or you can download these ones that I made:

beaded christmas ornament patterns Click here to download beaded Christmas ornament patterns

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 you'll need to change threads less frequently. Knot the two ends of the thread together so that the needle can't be pulled off the thread.

beaded christmas ornaments to make - threading needle


Now put your needle into the canvas where you'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.

beaded christmas ornaments to make - first pass with needle


Pull the thread almost all the way through the canvas so that you end up with a little loop

beaded christmas ornaments to make - tie on


Put the needle through the loop and then pull the thread tight - you should end up with your thread attached securely on your canvas.

beaded christmas ornaments to make - tie on


Push the needle through to the other side so that now the knot is on the back of the canvas.

beaded christmas ornaments to make - tie on


You're going to do half-cross-stitches now, and you'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:

beaded christmas ornaments to make - first bead


Keep adding more beads in the same fashion:

beaded christmas ornaments to make - first row


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.

beaded christmas ornaments to make - finishing row


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

beaded christmas ornaments to make - six finished squares

Assembly into cubes
Beaded Christmas Ornaments to Make

Cut the squares out, leaving a 1/2" border around each.

beaded christmas ornaments to make - finished square


Carefully fold down the canvas on each side of every square - this will help you make a neat edges where two squares join.

beaded christmas ornaments to make - fold edge


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.

beaded christmas ornaments to make - sewing cubes together


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

beaded christmas ornaments to make - sewing cubes together


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 - 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 - don'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 - braid these together and then tie them into a loop to make the hanging loop. Carefully trim off the ends.

Finished!
Beaded Christmas Ornaments to Make

Here are the finished baubles:

beaded christmas ornaments to make - finished, hanging side by side

beaded christmas ornaments to make - crosses design

beaded christmas ornaments to make - orange and green design

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