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Happy holidays tree

Make a cute holiday pin, ornament, or pendant. Select a handful of crystals and go to work!

SUPPLIES

One tree 1 3⁄8 x 1 3⁄4 in. (3.5 x 4.4 cm)

  • 8 mm star or other accent bead
  • 4 mm bicone crystals
    • 49 color A
    • 8 color B
  • 7–8 assorted 4 mm accent beads
  • 3–25 size 11/0 or 15/0 seed beads
  • monofilament cord,.010 (i.e. Supplemax or Illusion Cord)
  • pin-back finding (optional)
  • E6000 adhesive (optional)
  • Future Floor Wax (optional)
  • G-S Hypo Cement
  • 2 permanent markers, black and red

 INSTRUCTIONS

Happy holidays tree pattern
Figure

1. Cut 1 1⁄2 yd. (1.4 m) of monofilament cord, and, using permanent markers, color one tip black and the other tip red. Center a color A 4 mm bicone crystal on the cord. 

2. With the black end, pick up two As. With the red end, pick up one A, and cross through the second A picked up with the black end (FIGURE, a–b and aa–bb).

3. Working in cross-weave, repeat step 2 twice (b–c and bb–cc). With the red end, go back through two beads as shown (cc–dd).. 

4. Continuing with the red end, pick up five color B 4 mm bicone crystals. Go through the second B picked up (dd–ee). Pick up three Bs, go back through the B you just went through (ee–ff), and continue through four Bs and two As as shown (ff–gg).

5. With the black end, pick up three As. Cross the red end through the third A just picked up (c–d and gg–hh).

6. With the red end, pick up four As, and go through the first one again in the same direction (hh–ii).

7. Pick up two As, and go through the next A on the previous row (ii–jj). With the black end, cross through the second A just picked up (d–e).

8. Repeat step 7, reversing the black and red ends (e–f and jj–kk).

9. With the red end, pick up two As, and go through the next A on the previous row (kk–ll). Pick up four As, and go through the first one again (ll–mm). Pick up an A and go through four As as shown (mm–nn). With the black end, go through two As so your cord ends are exiting opposite sides of the same bead (f–g).

10. With the red end, pick up three As, and go through the next A on the previous row (nn–oo). Pick up two As (oo–pp). 

11. With the black end, go through two As as shown (g–h). Pick up four As, and go through the first one in the same direction (h–i). Pick up two As, and go through the next A on the previous row (i–j).

12. With the red end, cross through the second A just picked up (pp–qq). Pick up five As, go through the second one in the same direction, and continue through three As as shown (qq–rr).

Happy holidays tree a
Photo a
Happy holidays tree b
Photo b

13. With the black end, go through two As (j–k). 

14. With the red end, pick up three As (rr–ss). 

15. With the black end, go through the third A just picked up. Pick up two As, go through the next A in the previous row and the A you just exited (k–l). Pick up two 11/0 or 15/0 seed beads, the 8 mm star bead, and 11 to 13 seed beads. Sew back through the 8 mm, two seed beads, and A you just exited (l–m).

16. Use the tails to add colorful “bulbs” as desired using one or both of the following methods.

Exiting an A, pick up a 4 mm accent bead. Pass the cord through the next bead that’s parallel to the one you’re exiting, going in the same direction (PHOTO A).

Exiting an A, pick up a 4 mm accent bead and a 15/0 seed bead. Go back through the 4 mm, and continue through an adjacent A (PHOTO B).

17. Secure the tails with a few half-hitch knots between beads, dot them with G-S Hypo Cement, and trim.

Tip!

Designer’s notes:

  • If you want to stiffen the beadwork, dip it in or brush it with Future Floor Wax. 
  • To make a pin, add only one seed bead above the star, and sew back through the star before continuing. Stiffen the tree with floor wax, and glue a pin-back finding to the back of the beadwork using E6000 adhesive.
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