Beaded Christmas Ornament Cover
Beading a Cover for your Holiday Ornaments
Christmas Ornament Cover
Have you ever tried to scan a round object with loose netting over it on a flatbed scanner? No? Well, let's just say it ain't easy! This ornament looks waaaaaaay better in real life, trust me! :-)
This ornament cover is meant to fit over the average sort of Christmas ornament that can be purchased virtually anywhere. I bought the ones I used at the grocery store last year. The idea is that if the ornament breaks (as they often do!), then you can simply remove the cover and fit it over another one. You can also change the whole look by changing the color of the ornament inside.
They shouldn't take more than 1½ to 2 hours and a third of a hank of beads to complete.
What You'll Need:
1/3 hank size 11 seed beads in a color of your choice. Silver or color-lined beads sparkle wonderfully, cut beads would look neat too. I used AB purple-lined clear.
6 tear drop shaped beads in a compatible color. I used Capri tear drops.
Size 0 Nymo beading thread.
Size 12 beading needle.
NOTE: The diagrams in this feature do not show every bead. You'll notice that the second step calls for 102 beads, if I had to put them all in I'd go insane! :-) So the diagrams only show as many beads as is necessary to show what needs to be done.
To begin, pick up 48 beads and tie them in a circle. Be sure to leave a long enough tail to weave back in later. Go through the next bead on the circle. Pick up 102 beads. Go up through the first of the beads you added, and through the back of the circle bead you originally left. This forms the first large loop.
Continue through the next 8 beads in the circle. Pick up 11 beads. Count 11 beads down the right side of the large loop you made previously, skip them, and go down through the next 4 beads. Pick up 87 more and go up through the first of the 11 beads you just added, and through the back of the circle bead you originally left. Repeat from the beginning of this paragraph 3 more times for a total of 5 large connected loops.
Now for the 6th and final loop. Your thread should be coming out of the front of the circle bead at the top of your fifth loop. Go through the next 8 circle beads. Pick up 11 beads and go down through the 12th - 15th beads from the top in the loop on the left. Pick up 72 beads and go up through the 15th - 12th beads from the top on the loop to the right. Pick up 10 more beads and go up through the first bead of the 11 you added earlier. Go through the back of the circle bead you originally left.
Now we will make the lop-sided vertical figure-eight shape that goes inside the large loop. Go back down through the top bead (which is shared by both sides of the loop) of the large loop and down through the next four beads on the left hand side. Pick up 63 beads. Go up through the 10th - 7th beads of the 63 you just added. Pick up 6 more beads and go up through the 5th - 1st beads on the right hand side of the large loop. Go through the back of the circle bead you originally left. Continue arround the circle to the top of the next large loop and repeat. Do this six times in all to add a figure eight loop to each large loop.
Now we will connect the large loops at the bottom and add the tear drop beads. Go down through the first 37 beads on the left hand side of the large loop that your thread is closest to. Pick up ten beads and one tear drop bead. Go up through the two seed beads just above the tear drop bead, don't pull it too tight or the tear dop will hang funny. Pick up 8 more beads and go up through the right side of the adjacent large loop beginning at the 37th bead from the top (I find it easier to count 21 beads from the point where the two large loops join). Repeat this step five more times, joining each large loop to the next.
This is what it looks like laid out flat with two of the tear drop beads added.
Drape the completed ornament cover over your ornament, grab the beads and make a few more to add some beaded adorment to your Holiday festivites.