|A Bit of Beaded Bunting|
|Easy to Make Brick Stitch Earrings|
Making beaded jewelry pieces that are reminiscent of other things in life is one of my favorite things. Beaded earrings are fun and these are fast and really easy to make. Get out your red white and blue beads for these!
One of my favorite decorations for the Fourth of July has always been the beautifully draped bunting. You don't see it as much anymore except at ballparks. I an remember seeing it being sewn and used to decorate the sides of parade cars, and over fences.
There is nothing incredibly difficult about these little earrings, you probably have most of the supplies in your stash, and most people know how to do brick stitch. But they are charming, and they make up fast, so you can probably have them ready to wear on the Fourth! Here's what you need:
72 - Size 8/0 Seed Beads - Red
58 - Size 8/0 Seed Beads - White
38 - Size 8/0 Seed beads - Blue
2 - 5 mm Hematite Stars
Nymo Size "D"
2 Pcs. French Coil - 10 mm Silver
Set of Ear wires - Silver
1. Starting the row with Red, make a Brick Stitch ladder.
2. Continue the next five rows in while, blue, red, white and finishing with blue. Be sure to reduce by one bead each row, so that you have 7 beads in the first row, 6 in the second, etc., until you end with 2 blue in the last row.
3. With the thread coming out of the top of the last blue bead you added, thread the French Coil onto the needle, and pass down through the other blue bead at the top.
4. With the French Coil making a U shaped loop at the top, tie off the thread, or secure by weaving back through the beads. Cut the thread.
5. Pass the thread through the first red bead on the first row, and tie the end to the edge of the thread to secure. Use a tiny drop of clear nail polish to hold.
6. Place 25 red beads onto the thread and pass the needle back up through the last red bead at the other end of the row.
7. Pass the needle down through the second red bead in the row, and add 20 white beads. Pass the thread back up through the second red bead at the other end of the row.
8. Pass the needle down through the third red bead in the row, and add 12 blue beads. Pass the needle back up through the third red bead at the other end of the row.
9. Pass the needle down through the red bead at the center of the row. Add a white bead, a star bed and another white bead. Pass the thread back through the star, making a loop around the last white bead strung. Pass up through the first white bead, and the red center bead. Do not pull too tight or the star will sit crooked. Just barely snug the thread up, then tie or weave through the beads to secure. See photo
These are pretty cute, in my opinion. You could do them in different colors, of course, and then they would look like fireworks!! Okay, upside down fireworks, but what the heck! They're still cute, no matter what!
I hope you all have a very safe and happy Fourth!! Enjoy the day, the good food, family, friends, fun and fireworks!