HOW TO MAKE BEADED EARRINGS
MATERIALS ■ Size 11 seed beads in green, dark blue, white and pale yellow ■ Beading thread in size 0 or 00
■ Size 10 beading needle ■ Beading mat or fuzzy cloth (optional)
■ Two earring ear wires
last one again, ending with the thread coming up out of the second column.
Now you’ll use the basic stitch
all the way until the end of the row: thread two beads, pass the needle
under the thread of the subsequent row and back up through the two beads just added. Pull tight very carefully.
Continue adding rows as per
Steps 4-7 until you create one with only three columns.
To make the loop for the ear
wire, repeat the stitch in Steps 4 and 5, but instead of using four beads, use six. The top section is now complete.
Run the thread down the side
of the earrings and out the bottom.
Now you’ll work the beaded
strands for the fringing. Add 21 beads to the thread, in the order shown above and in the diagram on page 91. Leaving out the last one as an anchor, run the needle back up through them, continuing up through the first row of beads originally stitched as a base.
Go down the next row of the
base and repeat the process until
all the fringe is completed. There are 11 strands. Once the last strand is finished, run the thread up the side of the earring as per Step 8. This stabilises the piece and lends it strength. Tie off the thread twice between any two beads in a simple knot. Snip the tail off invisibly.
Repeat Steps 1-12 to create the
second earring. Add the ear wires to the loops at the top to finish, flipping one of the earrings over so the design is mirrored if desired.
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