Realistic Fuchsia Beaded Earrings
Use Seed Beads and Peyote Stitch to Bead these Realistic Earrings
The previous free bead pattern of what are called "Fuschia Earrings" are pretty cool beaded earrings, but, unfortunately, don't look a whole lot like actual Fuchsias. This pair of much more realistic Fuchsia Beaded Earrings are made with gorgeous fuchsia and purple Delica beads. Take a look at what the earrings look like in red & white, plus a larger image of the purple ones.
Fuchsia Fact: Did you know that fuchsias are sometimes referred to as Our Lady's Ear Drops?
What You'll Need:
1 package metallic fuchsia Delicas
1 package silver-lined purple Delicas
A small amount of transparent dark blue-green seed beads (you can use green Delicas if you want)
2 black iris tear drops
2 french hooks
1 spool purple Nymo size 0 (use black if you can't find purple)
Size 12 beading needle
I suggest you double your thread for this project. To begin, string on 8 purple beads and tie them in a circle. Go through the first of them and pick up 20 fuchsia beads. Go through the opposite side of the first fuchsia bead and through the back of the purple bead that your thread is coming out of. Continue through the next purple bead and repeat the previous steps. Do this for each bead in the ring, in the end you should have 8 long fuchsia loops hanging from your original purple circle. Think of these loops as fringe, don't pull them so tight that they stick out. From here on out all of the beads we use will be purple except at the very end where we will use a few green ones.
Now with your thread coming out of one of the beads in the original circle, pick up one purple bead and go through the back of the bead directly opposite on the other side of the circle. Go back through the bead you added and through the back of the bead you originally left. Go through the center bead once more and pick up 16 beads and one tear drop. Skip the tear drop and go back up through all 16 beads and the bead your thread is coming out of. This forms the pistil of the flower. Now we will start our first petal. Re-enter the circle. Go through the next bead in the circle and pick up 11 beads. Skip the last one and go up through the second to the last.
Pick up 9 beads and go through the back of the next bead in the original circle, and down through the top bead of the 9 you just added.
Pick up 3 beads and go down through the fifth bead from the top in the group of 11 you added two steps earlier. Continue down through the next three beads in the line.
Pick up three beads and go down through the fourth (counting the top one which is shared by both sides) bead on the right hand side of the petal. Continue down through the next three beads.
Pick up 1 bead and go through the middle bead of the three you just added. Pick up 1 more and go down through the fourth bead from the top on the left hand side of the petal. This should form an X shape in the middle of the petal. Continue threading through the rest of the beads on the left side of the petal and up through the right side of the petal. Come out through the fifth bead from the top. Pick up four beads and go through the next bead in the original circle. Go down through the top bead of the four you just added. Now you are ready to begin your next petal. It is constructed in the same way except that you start with ten beads instead of eleven because the first one is already there. Similarly, when finishing the fourth petal, use only three beads and go up through the first bead of the group of four you added when you began your first petal.
Once you have finished all four petals, weave your way back to the original circle once again. We will use tubular peyote stitch to form the "stem" part of the flower. (It's not really the stem but the fused portion of the petals.) Pick up a bead, skip over a bead in the circle and go through the next one. Do this three more times until you have added a bead over every other bead in the original circle. Then go up through the first of the beads you added. Now fill in the spaces by adding a bead in between each of the beads you added in the previous step. There should be one bead on top of each of the beads in the original circle. Continue adding rows of beads in this fashion until every other column is five beads high and the rest are four beads high.
Now switch to green beads and go around the circle adding beads 3 times. When you finish the third row of green go through the four beads added in that row once more without adding beads and pull the thread tight. This closes up the hole at the top of the stem. Now pick up 4 green beads and your earring hook. Go through the bead opposite of the bead your thread is coming out of and back through the four beads you added and the hook. Go in the back of the bead you originally left. Make this circuit a couple more times to strengthen it and then weave your thread back into the flower to secure it. Ta da! You've got yourself a fuchsia!