Saturday, December 3

Beaded Baubles...

I haven't done much sewing this week..all I've done is quilt and finish off the two Warm Wishes quilts...

So I thought this might be a good time to post my beaded bauble Tut again...can you believe it's only a few weeks...or counting in days it's only 22 days here to Christmas!
I made quite a few of these last year for myself and friends and they were a big hit.

Here's a link to some lovely ladies near Staffordshire England that saw my tut and had a group bauble beading day...pop on over and get inspired by their gorgeous beaded baubles

This is a very simple one to follow....
They are so easy to make, once you start you'll want to make them in all different colours...it's a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon....
They just drape over the bauble, therefore can be changed and placed on different coloured baubles for different effects..

There must be lots of ideas for the beaded baubles, but here I will try to explain how I do mine.
Once you get the basic idea, you can change the layout and the beads to suit yourself.
For this bauble ...
You will need :
Christmas tree bauble.
Size 11 gold seed beads.
Gold Bugle beads
Size 11 green accent seed beads.
Gold flower beads.
Gold teardrop beads.
Beading thread.
Size 10 Milliner's (straw) needle...or beading needle

Thread the needle with a long thread..I cut mine about three metres, it's better than ending off and starting a new piece of thread on all the time, but be very careful when pulling thread through so that it doesn't knot up..

Row 1: String 36 of the gold seed beads, take them down the thread leaving a 3 inch tail, then tie the thread securely together to form a circle... run the short end of thread back through the circle of beads and cut off.

Row 2: Thread on three gold beads, miss two beads in the circle, then take the needle and thread through the next bead and pick up three more beads...Continue in this way to the end of the circle forming 12 loops.

Row 3: Take the needle through to the second bead of row 2 and pick up two gold, one green and two gold beads (5 beads ), and then take needle and thread through to the next second of the three beads from the previous row...continue in this way until you have completed the circle of row 3.
At the end of each row, I like to do a locking knot to keep beads in place and stop them from coming loose as I work the next round.
Pull thread taught and Make a loop with thread in between the last two beads slip needle through loop and carefully pull to secure.


Row 4:
Take the needle through to the third (green) bead of row 3 and pick up three gold, one green and three gold beads (7 beads ), and then take needle and thread through to the next third of the five beads from the previous row...continue in this way until you have completed the circle of row 4.
Do a locking knot

Row 5:Take the needle through to the fourth (green) bead of row 4 and pick up four gold, one green and four gold beads (9 beads ), and then take needle and thread through to the next fourth of the seven beads from the previous row...continue in this way until you have completed the circle of row 5.
Locking knot.

Row 6:Take the needle through to the fifth (green) bead of row 5 and pick up one gold bead, one gold bugle bead, one gold bead, one green bead, one gold bead, than another gold bugle bead and one gold bead...refer to picture above.
Take these through the green bead of the previous row and continue in the way until you have completed row 6.
Locking knot

Row 7: Take the needle through to the (green) bead of row 6 and pick up one gold bead, one gold bugle bead, one gold bead, one green bead, one gold bead, than another gold bugle bead and one gold bead...refer to picture above.
Take these through the green bead of the previous row and continue in the way until you have completed row 7.
Locking knot

Row 8 & 9: Same as row 6 & 7.

Row 10:
Take the needle through to the (green) bead of row 8 and pick up eleven gold seed beads,

NOTE: ( you can put a green bead in the middle of these 11 if you like, it does make it easier to see the middle bead then).

Take thread through to the next green bead of previous row, and continue around the circle until completed.
Do a double locking knot

Drops: Take thread to centre of the eleven beads ( sixth bead) from previous row and string on six gold beads, one flower bead, six gold beads, one flower bead, six gold beads, one gold teardrop bead, then one gold bead....bypass this last gold bead and take thread up through the teardrop and the rest of this group of beads to form the drop, then take the thread through the the remaining five beads over to the next green bead of previous row and continue making drops the same length or alternate the lengths like I have, if you like....refer to picture.
To end off, just take thread along through some beads and do a locking knot, then take thread through some more beads, do a locking knot and run thread through more beads and cut off.

I hope you can understand my tutorial... you still have time to make some beaded baubles before                  Christmas.. enjoy....have fun! ....♥

6 comments:

  1. Oh, Julia -- how exciting for you to inspire a group of ladies in England. A group beading day with your tutorial sounds like great fun.
    Your instructions tempt me to try one, but I need to find a beading buddy or two so we can help each other with a new project. The finished beaded baubles are beauteous!

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  2. Gorgeous Julia - but I don't think I have the patience! They sure would look pretty on the tree.

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  3. Hey Julia, Staffordshire is the County in which I was born. I am from the very north of it though and those lovely ladies are almost to the south of it. How fabulous that you have inspired them to get together and make the baubles. The world is such a small place because of the internet.

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  4. They look very impressive Julia!!! Great that you have inspired women across the world to get into making these! They are gorgeous!!!

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  5. Wow, that is so clever & looks so pretty too. xx

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  6. Hi, Julia. Nice tutorial. YOur beaded balls are so elegant. Just very lovely.
    best, nadia

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