This is my adaptation of a pattern found in Beaded Dream Catchers by
Mary Musgrove. It's based on a flower pattern that is usually used to
make earrings. I wondered if I could play around with it and make it
curve to fit a glass ball. After several tries I got it to work. Hope you
understand the instructions. The seed bead counts for the tops of the
petals are what I used. You may need to change the number if you use
czech seed beads. If you need clarification on any part of the directions
email me (Ginger Rakes-Fisher <firstname.lastname@example.org> and I will
try to help.
3" glass ball
JP 11 seed beads (about 10gms)
graduated sizes round beads (I used four sizes of
Round 1: String 12 seed beads, leaving at least a 6 inch tail) and go back
same direction through all the beads to make a circle. This will be the
of the ornament.
Round 2: String one seed bead, 1 rice bead, one seed bead, (this makes
SIDE) then string 7 seed beads (this is the TOP) , one seed bead, one rice
bead, one seed bead (for the other SIDE).. Go back through the first seed
in the circle to complete the loop and then through the next seed bead
circle. Make the side and top of another petal and go down through the
side of the first petal. (see diagram below) Go back through the the second
bead of the circle and the next bead. Keep doing this until you have 11
loops completed. For the 12th petal go UP through the closest side of petal
add 7 seed beads for the top, then do down through the side of petal 11.
through bead 12, and 1 in the circle , come up through a side of a petal,
through four seed beads of the top. You are now ready for the next round.
Round 3: Make one side (1 seed bead, one rice bead, one seed
bead), the top
consisting of 11 seed beads, and another side. Go through the fourth bead
the top of the next petal, and back up through the side. Add 11 seed beads,
side, and go through middle bead of top of next petal, back up through
of petal just strung. Continue around through 11 petals. String on 11 seed
beads, go down through the side of first petal. Work thread back down to
tail you left, tie off and bury ends. (I start a new thread every two rounds,
one breaks, you don't lose the whole thing.)
Round 4.: Do the next round exactly as above using 15 seeds
for the top of
Round 5: Do another round using 11 seeds for the top of petal.
Round 6: Use 7 seeds in this round. You will need to place this on your
ornament when you get about half of the petals done on this round.
Round 7: Use 5 seed beads for the top of the petal in this round. Be sure
tight as you work this round, so the thread doesn't show between beads.
8. Now using the size of round bead you prefer, go through the middle bead
the top of last round, add round bead, go through next middle bead of the
next petal, add a round bead, ---keep doing this until you come back to
round bead. Go through all the beads again and pull tight. Take thread
through beads to tail you left on previous round, tie off and bury thread
Now for the vertical bead embellishments.
Go through the side of a petal in round three so you are coming
down into the
space of round four. (leave a 3 to 6 inch tail) String on your graduated
beads, and go down through the petal side of round 5 directly below. .
through beads until you come up into the next space of round four, add
beads, go through side of petal in round 3. Continue until all of round
are filled. Work thread back to tail, tie off, and bury ends.
Hope you had fun!!!