This beaded cover pattern is for a small size glass tree ornament. It uses a beaded lace stitch this is a modified version of vertical netting.
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Gather Your Beads and Beading Supplies
You'll need the following round Japanese seed beads, in the colors of your choice, to make one ornament cover:
- About 1.6 grams of size 11/0 beads in color A
- About 1.5 grams of size 11/0 beads in color B
- 36 size 8/0 beads in color C
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Grab an Ornament
You'll also need a small glass Christmas tree ornament with a horizontal middle diameter of about 1 7⁄16 inches. (If your ornament is slightly larger than this, you can experiment with adding additional size 11/0 beads to the pattern to eliminate areas where too much thread may otherwise show through.)
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String the Top Ring of Beads
Cut an arms' span of beading thread and thread the needle for single-strand beadweaving.
String six sets of the following motif of beads: 6A, 1B.
Slide the beads down to about eight inches from the end of the thread. Bring the ends of this little strand of beads together and tie a square knot in the thread.
Pass the needle through the next six beads in the ring, exiting through a B bead, and pull the thread taut.
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String the Beads for the First Side Loop
String the following beads:
1A, 3B, 1A, 1B, 1C, 1A, 1C, 1B, 1A, 3B, 1A, 1B, 1C, 1A, 1C, 1B, 1A, 3B, 1A, 1B, 1A, 3B, 1A, 1B, 1C, 1A, 1C, 1B, 1A, 3B, 1A, 1B, 1C, 1A, 1C, 1B, 1A, 3B, 1A.Continue to 5 of 17 below.
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Connect This Loop With the Previous Loop
Pass the needle up through the first set of 1C, 1A, 1C in the previous loop.Continue to 9 of 17 below.
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Complete the Last Loop
String 1B, 1A, 3B, 1A, 1B, 1C, 1A, 1C, 1B, 1A, 3B, 1A, 1B, 1A, 3B, 1A, 1B, 1C, 1A, 1C, 1B, 1A, 3B, 1A, and 1B.
Pass up through the first set of 1C, 1A, 1C in the second-from-last side loop.
String 1B, 1A, 3B, and 1A, and pass through the B in the top ring that your thread originally exited, going in the same direction. Pull the thread taut to complete the final side loop.
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Reposition the Thread
Navigate back down through the first side of the last side loop by sewing through the beads, going in the same direction that you initially strung them. Pass the needle through until you reach the B that sits between two As at the bottom center of the loop. Exit that bead, and pull the thread gently taught.Continue to 13 of 17 below.
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Complete the Bottom Ring
Continue this process to connect the bottoms of all six side loops with little strands of 9B. Pull the thread tight to cinch up the tension.
Hold up your ornament by its top, and check to see how the beadwork fits. The bottom ring of beads that you just completed should be snug against the ornament. This will be the case with most size 11/0 Japanese seed beads; however, occasionally you may come across some 11/0 beads that are slightly larger than most. With those, your bottom ring will be too loose. If it is, remove the entire bottom ring of beads, pulling out one segment at a time, and try again using segments of fewer beads. For example, you may get a perfect fit by stitching sets of 8B (instead of 9B), or even sets of 7B.Continue to 17 of 17 below.
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Weave-In and End the Thread Tails
Weave-in your working thread by passing through several beads at a time, making several half-hitch knots over the existing thread along the way. Be sure to keep the thread pulled tight to preserve the tension in the bottom ring of beads. When the thread feels secure, trim it off close to the beadwork.
Thread the needle on the tail of thread that you left on the top ring of beads when you started the project. Use the same technique to weave it in, and trim it off close to the beadwork.
The ornament cover is now complete. Now that you have the hang of the technique, try it in different colors with other ornaments in your collection.
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