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Netted snowflakes

Let it snow a blizzard of these beautiful ornaments

There’s no place like home for the holidays, so turn your surroundings into a winter wonderland with beaded snowflakes. Even if you’re new to netting with beads, you can make one snowflake in about three hours. Altering the basic pattern is easy and allows every snowflake to be unique. Soon, you’ll be beading up a storm!

SUPPLIES

  • Japanese seed beads, size 11/0
    • 3g color A 
    • 2g color B
    • 1g color C
  • 10 4mm drop beads to match color C (optional)
  • Nymo B conditioned with beeswax, SoNo thread, or Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12 
  • floor wax and waxed paper (optional)

Editor’s note: Many types of thread work well for this project. Fireline and SoNo produce stiffer snowflakes than Nymo, but if you plan to dip the flakes in floor polish, the initial stiffness doesn't matter.

INSTRUCTIONS

Netted snowflakes f1
Figure 1
Netted snowflakes f2
Figure 2
Netted snowflakes f3
Figure 3
Netted snowflakes f4
Figure 4
Basic snowflake
 
1. Thread a needle with 7 ft. (2.1m) of Fireline, SoNo, or conditioned Nymo. 
 
Row 1: String 30 color A beads and tie them into a tight circle with a square knot, leaving a 3-in. (7.6cm) tail. Sew through the first bead after the knot (FIGURE 1, a-b).
 
Row 2: Pick up an A, B, and A, then go through the fourth bead from the knot (b-c). Repeat until you have picked up a total of ten groups of three beads and are back at b. Sew through the first A and B on row 2 (end at d).
 
Row 3: Pick up a B, two As, a C, two As, and a B, then go through the next B on row 2 (d-e).  Repeat until you’re back at d, then sew through the first six beads on this row (end at f).
 
Row 4: Pick up a B, then sew through two As on row 3 (f-g). Pick up a C, B, and C, then sew through the next two as on row 3 (g-h). Repeat until you’re back at f, then sew through the next five beads (end at i).
 
Row 5: Pick up two Bs, five As, a C, five As, and two Bs, then sew through the next B on row 4 (i-j). Repeat until you’re back at i, then sew through the next seven beads (end at k).
 
Row 6:  Pick up three Cs, skip the C on row 5, then sew through the next six beads (k-l). Pick up a B and go through six beads on row 5 (l-m). Repeat until you’re back at k, then sew through the first two beads on row 6 (end at n).
 
Row 7: Pick up six As, three Bs, a C, three Bs, and six As, then sew through the next C on row 6 (n-o). Repeat until you’re back at n, then sew through the next nine beads (end at p).
 
Row 8: Pick up three Cs, skip the C on row 7, then sew through eight beads on row 7 (p-q). Pick up a B and sew through eight beads on row 7 (q-r). Repeat until you’re back at p, then tie a half-hitch knot (end at s). Sew through the next four beads on row 7 and tie another half-hitch knot (s-t). Sew through the next four beads, then cut the tails (t-u).
 
2. Add more rows or alter the basic snowflake for more ornamentation (FIGURES 2-4). You may also substitute drop beads for Cs along the outer edges and add a hanging loop made with 12-16 seed beads.
 
3. Dip the snowflake in a bowl of floor wax and let it dry on waxed paper. Repeat if a stiffer finish is desired.
 
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