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Ornament in bloom

Follow the natural shape of brick stitch to make a 3-D ornament featuring a floral pattern and looped fringe
Ornament in bloom key

This ornament is truly versatile. Work it up in your favorite colorway to reflect any holiday or season, or use a different  bead size to make a larger or smaller bauble.


Ornament 2 3⁄4 x 1 in. (7 x 2.5 cm)

  • 3 mm fire-polished bead
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica cylinder beads
  • 1–2 g in each of 8 colors:
    • color A (DB0428, metallic raspberry)
    • color B (DB0732, opaque cream)
    • color C (DB1769, sparkle aqua green-lined teal)
    • color D (DB1227, transparent olive luster)
    • color E (DB1342, silver-lined raspberry)
    • color F (DB0045, silver-lined orange)
    • color G (DB0062, lined light cranberry AB)
    • color H (DB0145, silver-lined yellow)
  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads (Czech, silver-lined pink)
  • 1 g 13/0 Charlottes in each of 2 colors:
  • color B (Czech, opaque cream)
  • color I (Czech, olive jade luster)
  • nylon beading thread, size D
  • beading needles, #12
  • polyester fiberfill


Ornament in bloom pattern

Triangular panels

1. On 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread, work in ladder stitch to make a ladder of 15 color A 11/0 cylinder beads, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. This is row 1 of the panel.

2. Working in brick stitch, follow the pattern using 11/0 cylinder beads in colors A–H to stitch the next 13 rows:

Row 2: A, C, four Bs, two Ds, four Bs, C, A
Row 3: A, B, D, two Bs, D, E, D, two Bs, D, B, A
Row 4: A, B, three Ds, two Es, three Ds, B, A
Row 5: A, three Bs, E, G, E, three Bs, A
Row 6: A, two Bs, E, two Gs, E, two Bs, A
Row 7: A, B, E, three Gs, E, B, A
Row 8: A, B, E, two Fs, E, B, A
Row 9: A, B, F, H, F, B, A
Row 10: A, B, two Hs, B, A
Row 11: A, three Bs, A
Row 12: A, two Bs, A
Row 13: A, C, A
Row 14: two As

End the tail but not the working thread. Set the panel aside.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make a total of six panels.

Ornament in bloom a
Photo a


1. Place two panels side by side. Using the working thread from one, sew through the corresponding edge bead on the other panel, and continue through the next edge bead (PHOTO A). Repeat this stitch to connect all the edge beads on this side. Do not end the working thread.

2. Repeat step 1 to attach a third panel, and then repeat again to connect the first panel to the third panel.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the remaining three panels to make a second 3-D triangle.

Ornament in bloom b
Photo b

4. With a remaining thread from one of the 3-D triangles, sew through the beadwork to exit an A at the tip. Pick up a 3 mm fire-polished bead and nine color B 13/0 Charlottes. Sew back through the 3 mm and tip A adjacent to the one your thread exited at the start of this step (PHOTO B). Sew up through the following tip A, and retrace the thread path through the 3 mm and Charlottes, sewing through tip As that you have not sewn through yet. Retrace the thread path once more, making sure all the tip As are attached to the 3 mm. End the thread.

Ornament in bloom c
Photo c
Ornament in bloom d
Photo d

5. To make the fringe, add thread to the other 3-D triangle, and exit a tip A. Pick up 20 B Charlottes, three color I 13/0 Charlottes, seven 11/0 seed beads, three I Charlottes, and 20 B Charlottes. Sew through a tip A adjacent to the one your thread exited at the start of this step, and continue through the following tip A (PHOTO C). Repeat this stitch twice.

6. Work as in step 5 to make a fringe beginning and ending with 15 B Charlottes (PHOTO D). Repeat twice.

Ornament in bloom e
Photo e
Ornament in bloom f
Photo f

7. Work as in step 5 to make a fringe with five B Charlottes, three I Charlottes, five 11/0 seed beads, three I Charlottes, and five B Charlottes (PHOTO E). Repeat twice. 

8. Sew down through the top three B Charlottes of the first fringe loop made in the previous step. Pick up three B Charlottes, and sew up through the top three B Charlottes of the adjacent fringe loop (PHOTO F). Sew through the adjacent tip A in the triangle, and continue through the following tip A. Repeat this step around to connect the top layer of fringe loops. End the thread.

9. Fill each 3-D triangle with a small amount of fiberfill. Align the ladder rows of the triangles, and using any remaining thread, zigzag through the corresponding As on the two triangles to connect them. End any remaining threads.


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