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“Frozen” ornament

This Disney-themed bauble features an adjustable closure to accommodate different sizes of glass globe ornaments
Frozen ornament
Frozen ornament key

SUPPLIES

Adjustable ornament band 1 1⁄4 x 8 in. (3.2 x 20 cm)

  • 2 5⁄8-in. (6.7 cm) glass globe ornament (www.rabbithollowcreations.com)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica cylinder beads
    • 8 g light blue (DB0057, aqua-lined crystal AB)
    • 3 g white (DB0351, matte white)
    • 1 g brown (DB0115, dark topaz gold luster)
    • 1 g black (DB0310, matte black)
    • 1 g gray (DB0251, opaque smoke gray luster)
    • 1 g orange (DB1563, opaque mandarin luster)
    • 1 g green (DB1787, white-lined green AB)
    • 2 g dark blue/purple (DB0696, semi-matte silver-lined dark blue violet)
    • 1 g pink (DB2038, luminous plum crazy)
  • 15/0 seed beads
    • 2 g color A (Miyuki 420, white pearl Ceylon)
    • 3 g color B (T15-P470, permanent galvanized silver; www.whimbeads.com)
    • 1 g color C (Toho 773, Montana blue-lined crystal AB)
  • 18 in. (46 cm) ribbon, 3 mm wide
  • Fireline 6 lb. test or nylon beading thread
  • beading needles, #11
  • double-sided tape
  • Fray Check liquid seam sealant

INSTRUCTIONS

Do you want to build a snowman peyote pattern
Do you want to build a snowman? Pattern
Brick stitch band

1. On a comfortable length of thread and leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail, work the bottom row of the pattern from left to right in ladder stitch using the appropriate color 11/0 cylinder beads. Zigzag back through the ladder so your working thread is exiting the first bead opposite the tail.

2. Work the rest of the pattern in brick stitch. Note the following:

  • For the first stitch of each row, make sure to sew under the second-to-last thread bridge in the previous row, creating a decrease.
  • Work two stitches off the same thread bridge at the end of each row, creating an increase.
  • The paired increase and decrease at the ends of the rows will create a pattern of up-beads and down-beads along the edges of the band, as in peyote stitch.
  • Use a loose tension so your beadwork will be able to curve easily around the ornament.
  • End and add thread as needed, and end the working thread and tail when you complete the pattern.
 
Frozen ornament a
Photo a
Rope edgings
1. Add a comfortable length of thread to one end of the band, and exit the end up-bead with your needle pointing away from the beadwork (PHOTO A). The back of the band should be facing up.
Frozen ornament b
Photo b
Frozen ornament c
Photo c
Rope edgings
2. Pick up seven color A 15/0 seed beads. Skip the next down-bead, up-bead, and down-bead, and sew through the following up-bead with your needle pointing toward the start of this stitch (PHOTO B). This forms a loop. Continue through the previous down-bead and up-bead (PHOTO C).
Frozen ornament d
Photo d

3. Pick up seven color B 15/0 seed beads. Skip the next down-bead, up-bead, and down-bead, and sew through the following up-bead with your needle pointing toward the start of this stitch. This forms a new loop on top of the previous loop (PHOTO D). Continue through the previous down-bead and up-bead.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the length of the band, alternating As and Bs and stitching on the back to ensure that every new loop forms on top of the previous loop. The last few loops may not lie as closely to the band as the others. To correct this: Turn your work to the front again. Position a loop as you would like it to hit the beadwork, and exit a cylinder in the band near that loop. Sew over the thread between two beads in the loop, and sew back through the cylinder in the band. Repeat for any other loops that need securing. End the thread.

5. Repeat steps 1–4 along the other edge of the band, starting at the same end of the band as before so that the rope edgings are mirror images of each other.

Frozen ornament e
Photo e
Closure

1. Look at the four corners of the band. Two corners begin with an up-bead, and two corners begin with a down-bead. Add 12 in. (30 cm) of thread to the band, and exit one of the corner up-beads with your needle pointing away from the beadwork.

2. Pick up nine color C 15/0 seed beads, skip three cylinders along the end of the band, and sew down through the fourth cylinder. Sew up through the next cylinder, down through the following cylinder, and up through the next cylinder.

3. Repeat step 2 to add a second loop of Cs. Repeat once more, but pick up 10 Cs, sew down through the corner down-bead, and end the thread. In PHOTO E, the back of the band is shown so the 10-bead loop, nine-bead loops, up-beads, and down-beads are more visible.

Frozen ornament f
Photo f
Frozen ornament g
Photo g

4. Add three loops to the other end of the band as in steps 1–3.

5. Use double-sided tape to secure the band around the center of the ornament.

6. Cut 18 in. (46 cm) of ribbon, and center the ribbon through the top two loops as shown (PHOTO F). Lace the ribbon through the remaining loops, and tie a bow (PHOTO G). Trim the ribbon if desired, and apply Fray Check to the ends.

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