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Fringed fairies and angels

Use brick stitch to create a beaded guardian
FringedFairiesandAngels

These whimsical winged creatures can be made as pins, necklace pendants, or tree decorations. The double layer of fringe makes them especially festive. 

Make these angels and fairies with brick stitch, starting with the center vertical row. Turn the pattern on its side and work the center row with ladder stitch. Then brick stitch one side, using increasing and decreasing to complete the shapes and the separate sections of the wing. Turn the piece over and zigzag back to the ladder. Then work the other half of the figure.

SUPPLIES

  • Nymo D beading thread
  • Beading needles, #12
  • Optional: 1 in. (2.5cm) pin back, 1 x 1 in. square Ultrasuede, E6000 glue

Fairy (purple figure) Chart 1

Japanese cylinder beads as follows:

  • 93 Silver-lined gold (DB042)
  • 103 White pearl (DB201)
  • 33 Opaque lilac (DB158)
  • 17 Black (DB010)
  • 204 Purple iris (DB004)
  • 2 Silver-lined dark purple (DB609)
  • 26 Matte transparent dark chocolate (DB865)
  • 1 Silver-lined red (DB602)
  • 6 Matte metallic gold (DB322)
  • 21 Ceylon light beige (DB204)
  • 200 Japanese seed beads, size 11/0, lilac
  • 36 6 x 2mm Czech pressed-glass rondelles, lilac
  • 18 6mm Pressed-glass bicones, violet 
  • 18 10 x 3mm Pressed-glass daggers, violet

Angel (blue figure) Chart 2

Japanese cylinder beads as follows:

  • 1 Silver-lined red (DB602)
  • 8 Lined rose pink (DB070)
  • 21 Opaque salmon (DB206)
  • 86 Pale yellow pearl (DB232)
  • 120 Silver-lined gold (DB042)
  • 204 Opaque sky blue luster (DB215)
  • 34 Luster cobalt (DB277)
  • 17 Black (DB010)
  • 38 Matte transparent dark topaz (DB853)
  • 200 Japanese seed beads, size 11/0, gold
  • 36 6 x 2mm Pressed-glass rondelles, light blue
  • 18 4mm Round glass beads, blue 
  • 18 10 x 3mm Pressed-glass daggers, dark blue

INSTRUCTIONS

Fringed Fairies and Angels chart 1
Chart 1

Making the fairy (CHART 1)

1. Using chart 1, above, stitch the center row with ladder stitch (FIGURES 1-3).

2. Stitch the next row to the right or left of the center with brick stitch (FIGURES 4-5). Continue working that side.

3. To make the scallops on the wings, finish one scallop, shaping as necessary. Sew back through the beadwork to begin the next scallop.

4. When the working thread grows short, zigzag back through the beadwork, changing direction several times before trimming the thread tail. Start a new thread the same way, weaving into the beadwork several rows back from where you wish to resume stitching.

Fringed Fairies and Angels chart 2
Chart 2

Making the angel (CHART 2)

1. Stitch the body and wings separately as in steps 1-4 of “Making the fairy.”

2. After completing both sections, position the wings behind the body as desired and stitch between the center rows of the body and wings to secure them together. End the thread as in step 4 above.

Double fringe

1. Sew through the beadwork so that your needle passes left to right through the left-hand edge bead on the next-to-last row (CHART 1 or 2, point a). This is where you’ll begin the top fringe row.

2. String the beads according to the chart, ending with a loop of beads (3 seed beads, a dagger bead, and 3 seed beads). Sew back into the lower rondelle, up the strand, and left to right through the bead from which the fringe starts. The fringe is centered under this bead. Continue through the next bead indicated on the chart. Repeat for the 9 top-row fringes.

3. Turn the figure over and add longer fringes (extend the seed bead section at the top of each fringe) below the beads on the bottom row of the figure.

4. End the thread as in step 4 of “Making the fairy.” 

Making a pin

Glue a pin back to the completed fairy or angel with E6000. When dry, cut an Ultrasuede piece to fit over the base of the pin back and glue it in place. This also stiffens and stabilizes the figure.

Fringed Fairies and Angels fig 1
Figure 1

Ladder stitch

FIGURE 1: A ladder of seed or bugle beads is most often used to begin brick stitch: Pick up 2 beads. Leave a 3-4-in. (8-10cm) tail and go through both beads again in the same direction. Pull the top bead down so the beads are side by side. The thread exits the bottom of bead #2. String bead #3 and go back through #2 from top to bottom. Come back up #3.

 
Fringed Fairies and Angels fig 2
Figure 2

FIGURE 2: String bead #4. Go through #3 from bottom to top and #4 from top to bottom. Add odd-numbered beads like #3 and even-numbered beads like #4.

Fringed Fairies and Angels fig 3
Figure 3

FIGURE 3: To stabilize the ladder, zigzag back through all the beads.

Fringed Fairies and Angels fig 4
Figure 4

Brick stitch

FIGURE 4: Begin each row so no thread shows on the edge: String 2 beads. Go under the thread between the 2nd and 3rd beads on the ladder from back to front. Pull tight. Go up the 2nd bead added, then down the first. Come back up the second bead.

Fringed Fairies and Angels fig 5
Figure 5

FIGURE 5: For the remaining stitches on each row, pick up 1 bead. Pass the needle under the next loop on the row below from back to front. Go back up the new bead. 

Fringed Fairies and Angels fig 6
Figure 6

Increasing brick stitch

FIGURE 6: To increase by one bead at the edge of a row, string 2 beads and stitch under the thread between the first and second bead on the row below. Finish the stitch as in figure 4.

Fringed Fairies and Angels fig 7
Figure 7

Decreasing brick stitch

FIGURE 7: To decrease at the edge of a row, zig-zag back through the beads in the completed row to exit the bead just outside and below the first bead on the new row. String 2 beads and sew under the thread between the second and third beads over. Complete the stitch as in figure 4.

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