Christmas is nearing! Are you done with your Christmas decorations? Here’s a quick project for making DIY beaded stars.
The Starry Stars is created by Glenda Mac Naughton aka Dax Bead Art. Glenda is self-taught bead artist who uses shape, pattern and colour to create bead art designs that delight in difference and keep diversity alive in what we look at, what we wear, what we know and who we can be. She is captivated by the lines of flight that playing with beads allows me and by the deep connections to beaders past and present, near and far that it offers. Her patterns and tutorials are my way of keeping those connections alive and growing new ones. Several of her patterns and tutorials tell stories about things that matter to her. Read more…
- 20 Size 15/0 beads
- 55 Size 8/0 beads
- 5 Bicone beads (5-6mm faceted)
- *Approx. 2cm point to point
Make a foundation row (Row 1) for the star as follows.
Pick up five (5) bi-cone beads. Slide them down to the end of the thread leaving a 6-inch (15 cm) tail. Hold onto this tail tightly to avoid beads falling off.
Pass the needle and thread back through the bi-cone beads to secure the circle (this will be in a clockwise direction).
Stitch Row 2 of the star (working clockwise) Pick up one (1) size 8/0 bead. Miss a bead. Go through the next bead with needle and thread.
Continue in this way until five (5) beads are placed.
Step up into the next bead to begin the next round – blue arrow.
Stitch Row 3 of the star.
Pick up three (3) size 8/0 beads (one white, one green and one white = three). Miss a red bi-cone. Go through the next bead with needle and thread.
Continue in this way until you have placed 5 groups of 3 size 8/0 seed beads.
Step up into the next clockwise bead to begin Row 4.
Position needle and thread to Stitch Row 4 of the star. Put needle and thread through the next clockwise size 8/0 seed bead to position them for Row 4.
Stitch Row 4. Pick up three (3) size 8/0 beads (two white and one green in Figure 7) and one (1) size 15/0 seed bead.
Pass the needle and thread back through the last size 8/0 bead (green in Figure 8) missing the size 15/0 bead.
Pick up two (2) size 8/0 seed beads. Pass the needle and thread through the next three (3) size 8/0 beads in Row 3.
Review Figure 10 to check that you have placed the first group of Row 4 beads correctly.
Continue in this way until you have placed five (5) groups of size 8/0 and 15/0 beads. You should have 5 star points when you have completed this step.
Position needle and thread to Stitch Row 5 of the star. This is a reinforcement row. Position needle and thread to exit a size 8/0 bead in Row 2.
Stitch Row 5 working clockwise. Pick up one (1) size 15/0 bead, one (1) size 8/0 bead, one (1) size 15/0 bead. Miss one (1) size 8/0 bead. Pass the needle and thread back through the next size 8/0 bead (white in Figure 13). Review Figure 13 to check that you have placed the first group of Row 4 beads correctly.
Continue in this way until five (5) groups of reinforcing beads are placed.
Position needle and thread to Stitch Row 6 of the star. This is another reinforcement row.
Position needle and thread to exit a bi-cone bead in Row 1.
Stitch Row 6 working clockwise. Pick up one (1) size 15/0 bead. Pass the needle and thread back through the next bi-cone bead. Continue in this way until five (5) size 15/0 reinforcing beads are placed between the bi-cone beads. Now, you have your beaded star.
Now, let’s take it up a notch and add more embellishment on the beaded star. Download the PDF copy and create versions 2, 3 and 4
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