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Beaded crosses

Make a matching set of earrings and a pretty pendant using brick stitch
Beaded crosses key

SUPPLIES

Earrings 1 1⁄16 x 7⁄8 in. (2.7 x 2.2 cm)

  • 2 4 mm fire-polished beads (pale blue)
  • 11/0 seed beads (Preciosa)
    • 1 g color A (silver-lined gold)
    • 1 g color B (black)
    • 1 g color C (matte transparent blue)
  • Fireline, 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12
  • 1 pair of earring findings
  • 2 pairs of chainnose, flatnose, and/or bentnose pliers

Pendant 1 5⁄8 x 1 3⁄8 in. (4.1 x 3.5 cm)

  • 1 6 mm fire-polished bead (pale blue)
  • 11/0 seed beads (Preciosa)
  • 1 g color A (silver-lined gold)
  • 1 g color B (black)
  • 1 g color C (matte transparent blue)

Necklace 21 1⁄2 in. (54.6 cm)

  • 11/0 seed beads (Preciosa)
    • 6 g color A (silver-lined gold)
    • 2 g color B (black)
    • 1 g color C (matte transparent blue)
  • 1 clasp

INSTRUCTIONS

Beaded crosses Figure 1
Figure 1
Beaded crosses Figure 2
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Beaded crosses Figure 3
Figure 3
Beaded crosses Figure 4
Figure 4
Beaded crosses Figure 5
Figure 5
Beaded crosses Figure 6
Figure 6
Beaded crosses Figure 7
Figure 7

Earrings

1. On 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread, pick up a 4 mm fire-polished bead. Leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail, sew through the 4 mm again, creating a thread bridge along one side of the bead (FIGURE 1, a–b). Repeat this stitch, tying a square knot with the working thread and tail before sewing through the 4 mm, to add a second thread bridge (b–c). Pull the knot into the 4 mm, and end the tail.

2. Working in brick stitch, pick up two color A 11/0 seed beads, sew under the thread bridge, and continue back through the last A picked up (FIGURE 2, a–b). 

3. Pick up an A, sew under the thread bridge, and continue back through the A just picked up (b–c). Repeat this stitch five times for a total of eight As encircling the 4 mm (c–d). 

4. Sew through the first A picked up in the ring, under the thread bridge, and continue through the second A added (d–e). These two beads will be row 1 for the top section of the cross. 

5. Work in brick stitch for row 2 of the top section as follows: Pick up an A and a color B 11/0 seed bead, sew under the thread bridge between the two beads in row 1, and sew back up through the B just added (FIGURE 3, a–b). Pick up an A, sew under the thread bridge in row 1, and sew back up through the A just added (b–c).

6. Work row 3 of the top section as follows, noting the different terms for each kind of stitch:

Increase start stitch: Pick up an A and a B, sew under the last thread bridge in the previous row, and sew back up through the B just added (c–d).

Regular stitch: Pick up a B, sew under the next thread bridge in the previous row, and sew back up through the B just added (d–e).

Increase end stitch: Pick up an A, sew under the same thread bridge as in the previous stitch, and sew back up through the A just added (e–f).

7. Continue to work in rows as follows:

Row 4: Increase start stitch using an A and a B; one regular stitch using a color C 11/0 seed bead; one regular stitch using a B; increase end stitch using an A (FIGURE 4, a–b).

Row 5: Decrease start stitch: Pick up an A and a B, sew under the second-to-last thread bridge in the previous row, and sew back up through the B just added. Sew through both beads to align them (not shown in the figure for clarity), and exit the B. Work one regular stitch using a B and one stitch using an A (b–c).

8. Sew through the next two Bs in the last row (FIGURE 5, a–b). Pick up five As, and sew back through the first A just picked up and under the adjacent thread bridge, centering the loop between the two Bs. Sew back through the five As again to reinforce the loop (b–c). Sew through the beadwork to exit the next A in the ring to be in position to start the left section of the cross (c–d). This A and the adjacent A in the ring will be row 1 of the left section.

9. Repeat steps 5–7 to add the left section (d–e). 

10. To make a point at the tip of this section, sew under the thread bridge between the two center Bs in the last row (e–f). Pick up an A, and sew under the same thread bridge (f–g) and back through the

A. Sew under the same thread bridge, and then continue through the beadwork to exit the next A in the ring to be in position to start the bottom section of the cross (g–h). This A and the adjacent A in the ring will be row 1 of the bottom section.

11. Work the bottom section as follows:

Row 2: Work as in step 5 (h–i). 

Row 3: Work a decrease stitch with two As (i–j).

Rows 4–8: Repeat steps 5–7 (j–k) and then repeat step 10 (k–l), exiting the next A in the ring to be in position to add the right section of the cross.

12. Repeat steps 5–7 and 10 to add the right section, and end the thread. 

13. Open the loop on the earring findings, and attach it to the top loop of As.

14. Make a second earring.

Pendant

Work as in “Earrings” with the following changes:

  • In step 1, pick up a 6 mm fire-polished bead instead of a 4 mm. 
  • In step 3, add 10 As in the ring instead of eight.
  • When adding the sides of the pendant, you will be attaching them to three side beads in the ring instead of two (FIGURE 6). 
  • Work the remainder of the pendant following the pattern in figure 6, but do not create a loop of As at the top — add a point as in step 10 instead.
  • Do not end the thread — instead, sew through the beadwork to exit the top point A of the cross, and set the working thread aside. 

Daisy chain necklace

1. On a comfortable length of thread, pick up four As, leaving an 8-in. (20 cm)tail. Sew through all the beads again, and position them in pairs to sit with the holes parallel to each other (FIGURE 7, a–b).

2. Pick up eight As, and sew through the A adjacent to the A your thread exited at the start of this step to form a ring (b–c). 

3. Pick up a B, a C, and a B, skip four As in the ring, and sew through the next A, going in the same direction (c–d). This completed daisy chain unit has three As on each side and two As at each end.

4. Pick up two As, and sew through the two adjacent end As and the two As picked up in this step (d–e). The two new As are the starting end As of the next daisy chain unit.

5. Repeat steps 2–4 (e–f) until you reach the desired length, ending with an odd number of units. You will switch between working clockwise and counter-clockwise with each unit. End and add thread as needed. 

6. Pick up two As, the loop of a clasp, and two As, and sew through the last two As your thread exited at the start of the step. Retrace the thread path, and end the working thread. Repeat this step using the tail.

7. To join the pendant to the necklace, find the center unit on the neck chain. With the working thread from the pendant, sew through the middle A on one side of the unit. Sew back through the tip A of the pendant, retrace the thread path several times, and end the threads.

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