Brickstitch Beaded Christmas Bauble

beaded Christmas decoration
How I made this beaded Christmas bauble cover

To start I made a row of 7mm bugle beads, I stitched round and round so they sat together side by side

next part is decreasing brick stitch with size 11 seed beads

the first row of brick stitch has 10 beads and then decreasing each row until the last row has 2 beads

then I added 10 rows of square stitch

then I repeated the brick stitch triangle on the other side of the bugle beads

added a dangle, I used a mix of seed beads and bugles and a glass drop bead

and another shorter dangle

I decided 5 dangles would be right for my bauble so I made 4 more, I sewed in and cut off the dangle end threads but not the other ends as I need them to join everything together.
On a smaller bauble 4 dangles might be enough or if you want them closer together on a larger bauble make more.

next using size 8 seed beads I made a two row circle that fitted around the top of my bauble

 I made this circle 30 beads long as I needed it to be divisible by 5 so I could evenly space the other pieces around it. 

the dangling pieces are now all sewn on, and threads are all sewn in and cut off

I placed the bauble on a little stand I made from kitchen towel roll holder, added a long piece of thread and sewed around with more beads.

to finish off I added a row of fancy swags with bead drops

Free tutorial - how to make beaded angels

Hints and tips - how to make beaded snowflakes

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