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Chevron trim ornament

Trim the tree with this lovely ornament decked out in a gown of chevron chain
Chevron trim ornament
You can alternate the colors of the 4 mm bicone crystals in the fringe, as I did in this ornament, but choose a pattern that will accommodate the number of fringes (11 here).
Chevron trim ornament key

Seed beads, bugles, and bicone crystals in a festive color palette glitter and shine over a glass globe.  

SUPPLIES

Ornament cover for a 2 3⁄8-in. (6 cm) diameter globe ornament

  • 2 3⁄8-in. (6 cm) diameter glass globe ornament
  • 4 mm bicone crystals
    • 77 color D (Swarovski, peridot satin)
    • 11 color E (Swarovski, ruby)
  • 5 g 3 mm bugle beads (Dyna-Mites, silver-lined gold; firemountaingems.com)
  • 10 g 11/0 seed beads in each of 3 colors:
    • A (Miyuki 577, dyed butter cream silver lined)
    • B (Miyuki 703, matte mauve mocha)
    • C (Miyuki 468, metallic malachite green iris)
  • 10 g 15/0 seed beads (Toho 332, cranberry gold luster)
  • nylon beading thread, size D
  • beading needles, #12

INSTRUCTIONS

Chevron trim ornament f1
Figure 1

Chevron chain band

1. On a comfortable length of thread, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Pick up three color A 11/0 seed beads, three color B 11/0 seed beads, three As, a color D 4 mm bicone crystal, three As, and three Bs, and sew back through the first three As picked up at the start of this step (FIGURE 1, a–b).

2. Pick up a D, three As, and three Bs, and sew back through the last three As added in the previous stitch (b–c).

3. Repeat step 2 to make a band one stitch short of the length needed to fit loosely around the ornament, ending and adding thread as needed. For a 23⁄8-in. (6 cm) diameter globe, I worked a band with a total of 32 Ds along each edge before working the join.

Chevron trim ornament f2
Figure 2

4. Join the ends of the band: Remove the stop bead from the 6-in. (15 cm) tail. With the working thread, pick up a D, and sew through the corresponding three As at the bottom of the first stitch (FIGURE 2, a–b). Pick up three Bs, and sew through the corresponding three As at the top of the last stitch (b–c). Pick up a D, and sew through the three As at the top of the first stitch, three Bs, three As, and the first D added at the start of this step (c–d). 

5. Sew through the beadwork to exit the second D added in this step (d–e).Pick up a color C 11/0 seed bead, and sew through the next D along the edge. Repeat this stitch around the edge of the band. Sew through the beadwork to exit a D on the opposite edge of the band, and repeat this step around this edge. End the threads.

6. Add thread to the bottom edge of the band. Work a second round of chevron chain off the band as follows: With the thread exiting a D, pick up a 15/0 seed bead, three As, a 15/0, a 3 mm bugle bead, a 15/0, three As, three Bs, three As, a 15/0, a bugle bead, and a 15/0, and sew back through the first three As picked up at the start of this step. Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the next D.

7. Pick up a 15/0, three As, a 15/0, a bugle bead, and a 15/0, and sew through the corresponding three As added in the previous stitch. Pick up three Bs, three As, a 15/0, a bugle bead, and a 15/0, and sew back through the first three As added at the start of this step. Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the next D.

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Figure 3

8. Repeat step 7 around the band, stopping short of the joining stitch.

9. Position the band on the globe with the first row of chevron chain closest to the top of the globe. Join the ends of the second round: Pick up a 15/0, three As, a 15/0, a bugle bead, and a 15/0, and sew through the corresponding three As added in the last stitch. Pick up three Bs, and sew through the corresponding three As in the first stitch. Pick up a 15/0, a bugle, and a 15/0, and sew back through the first three As added at the start of this step. Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the next D. End the thread.

Fringe

1. Add 24 in. (61 cm) of thread to the bottom edge of the band. With the thread exiting a center B in a loop along the lower edge of the band (FIGURE 3, point a), pick up an A, seven 15/0s, an A, a 15/0, a bugle bead, a 15/0, a bugle bead, a 15/0, an A, seven 15/0s, an A, a D, an A, and three 15/0s. Skip the last three 15/0s, and sew back through the A, the D, the A, seven 15/0s, and the next A (a–b). Pick up a 15/0, a bugle bead, a 15/0, a bugle bead, a 15/0, an A, seven 15/0s, and an A. Skip the next eight Bs along the lower edge of the band, and sew through the center B in the following loop (b–c). Repeat this step around the band, and end the working thread and tail.

 
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Figure 4

2. Add 18 in. (46 cm) of thread to the band, and exit the end A in a column of As along the lower edge of the band centered between two arms of a fringe with the needle pointing down toward the fringe (FIGURE 4, point a).

3. Pick up an A, 10 15/0s, a color E 4 mm bicone crystal, 10 15/0s, and an A. Skip the next two columns of As in the band, and sew up through the following column of As (a–b). 

4. Follow the thread path of the second round of chevron chain, and sew through the beadwork to exit the same column of As your thread exited at the start of this step and the last A added in the previous loop (b–c). 

5. Work as in steps 3 and 4 to complete the round, but omit the first A in each loop. End the thread.

Chevron trim ornament f5
Figure 5

Collar

1. Add 18 in. (46 cm) of thread to the band, and exit a C along the top edge (FIGURE 5, point a). Pick up a C, eight 15/0s, and a C. Skip the next D, C, and D, and sew through the following C, D, and C (a–b). Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and step up through the first C and the first five 15/0s added in this round (b–c). 

2. Pick up seven 15/0s, a C, and seven 15/0s, and sew through the fourth and fifth 15/0s in the next loop of the previous round (c–d). Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and end the thread.

Top ring

1. On 18 in. (46 cm) of thread, pick up a repeating pattern of two Cs and two As for a total of 44 beads, and tie them into a ring with a square knot, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Sew through all the beads in the ring again, and place the ring on the neck of the globe.

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Figure 6
2. With the thread exiting between two Cs in the ring, pick up an A, five 15/0s, an A, and five 15/0s, and sew through a center C in the last round of the collar (FIGURE 6, a–b). Pick up five 15/0s, and sew back through the second A added in this step (b–c) and the next five 15/0s and A, and the following C, two As, and C in the ring (c–d). Repeat this step to complete the round, and end the working thread and tail.
Tip!
Editor’s note: You can change the length of the band to accommodate a different diameter ornament, but the number of chevron chain units in the first row of the band must be divisible by three in order for the fringe to be symmetrical.

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