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Sweet expressions beaded bead

These beaded beads are fun and quick to stitch up, thanks in part to a few lightweight and colorful paper beads.
Sweet expressions beaded bead key

SUPPLIES

Purple beaded bead 1 1⁄4 x 5⁄8 in. (3.2 x 1.6 cm)

  • 5 Sweet Expressions paper barrel beads (purple mosaic)
  • bicone crystals
  • 10 4 mm (Preciosa, matte violet)
  • 10 3 mm (Swarovski, turquoise AB2X)
  • 10 3 mm round fire-polished beads (orchid aqua polychrome)
  • 20 11/0 seed beads (Miyuki 4218, Duracoat dusty orchid)
  • 2 g 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 4201, Duracoat galvanized silver)
  • Fireline, 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #11 or #12

Green beaded bead

  • Sweet Expressions paper barrel beads (peridot green)
  • bicone crystals
  • 4 mm (olivine AB2X)
  • 3 mm (Jonquil satin)
  • 3 mm round fire-polished beads (green brown)
  • 11/0 seed beads (Toho PF470, permanent galvanized matte silver)
  • 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 318J, light olive gold luster)

Materials are available at Bead Haven Las Vegas, www.beadhaven.com, unless otherwise noted.

INSTRUCTIONS
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Figure 1
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Figure 2
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Figure 3
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Figure 4
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Figure 5

Crossweave

1.
Thread a needle on each end of 2 yd. (1.8 m) of thread. With one needle, pick up a 3 mm fire-polished bead, a barrel bead, a fire-polished bead, and a barrel. Cross the other needle through the last barrel added, and center the beads on the thread. With both needles, retrace the thread path, exiting at FIGURE 1, points a and aa.

2. With each needle, pick up a fire-polished bead. With one needle, pick up a barrel, and cross the other needle through it (a–b and aa–bb). With each needle, retrace the thread path (not shown in the figure for clarity). Repeat this step twice (b–c and bb–cc).

3. With each needle, pick up a fire-polished bead, and sew through the first barrel added to form a ring (c–d and cc–dd). With each needle, retrace the thread path (not shown in the figure for clarity), and continue through the next fire-polished bead (d–e and dd–ee).

4. With one needle, pick up a 3 mm bicone crystal, and sew through the next fire-polished bead (FIGURE 2, a–b). Repeat this stitch four times to complete the round, and sew through the first 3 mm crystal added (b–c). Repeat this step with the other thread.

5. With one needle, pick up two 15/0 seed beads, an 11/0 seed bead, and two 15/0s, and sew through the next 3 mm crystal to form a picot (c–d). Position these beads to the outside edge of the fire-polished beads. Repeat this stitch four times to complete the round, and sew through the next fire-polished bead (d–e). Repeat this step with the other thread. The next five rounds will be positioned to the inside of the previous rounds of beads. 

6. With one needle, pick up three 15/0s, and sew through the next fire-polished bead to form a picot (FIGURE 3, a–b). Repeat this stitch four times to complete the round, and sew the through first two 15/0s added (b–c). Repeat this step with the other thread.

7. With one needle, pick up a 4 mm bicone crystal, and sew through the center 15/0 in the next picot in the previous round (c–d). Repeat this stitch four times to complete the round, and sew through the first 4 mm added (d–e). Repeat this step with the other thread.

8. With one needle, pick up a 15/0, and sew through the next 4 mm (e–f). Repeat this stitch four times to complete the round, and sew the through first 15/0 added (f–g). Repeat this step with the other thread.

9. With one needle, pick up two 15/0s, an 11/0, and two 15/0s, and sew through the next 15/0 in the previous round (FIGURE 4, a–b). Repeat this stitch four times to complete the round, and sew through the first two 15/0s and 11/0 added in this step (b–c). Repeat this step with the other thread.

10. With one needle, pick up a 15/0, and sew through the next 11/0 (c–d). Repeat this stitch four times to complete the round (d–e), and retrace the thread path to tighten the beadwork. Sew through the beadwork to exit the 11/0 in a picot added in step 5 that sits on the outside edge of the beaded bead nearest the barrel beads (FIGURE 5, point a). Repeat this step with the other thread, making sure to exit the corresponding 11/0 on the other end, and exiting in the same direction (point aa).

11. With one needle, pick up 10 15/0s, and sew through the corresponding 11/0.  With the other needle, cross through the 15/0s just added, and sew through the 11/0 from the start of the step (a–b and aa–bb). 

NOTE: Because 15/0s may vary slightly in size, you may need to adjust the number of 15/0s so they fit snugly between the 11/0s on each end.

Repeat these stitches to add 15/0s on the other side of the same 11/0s (b–c and bb–cc). With each needle, sew through the next two 15/0s, 3 mm crystal, two 15/0s, and 11/0 (c–d and cc–dd). Repeat this step four times to complete the round, and end the threads.

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