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Snowflakes and snowmen ornament

View both sides of peyote stitch bands through a clear glass ornament
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From left to right: Figure 1, 2 and 3


Ornament 3 1⁄4 in. (8.3 cm)

  • 11/0 cylinder beads
    • 10 g color A (blue)
    • 6 g color B (white)
    • 3 g color C (ruby)
    • 24 color D (black)
    • 3 color E (orange)
  • nylon beading thread, size D
  • 10 in. (25 cm) craft wire (optional)
  • 4 ft. (1.2 m) 1⁄8–3⁄16-in. (3–5 mm) width satin ribbon
  • beading needles, #12
  • wire cutters (optional)
  • ceramic cup or mug
  • painter’s masking tape
  • 3 1⁄4-in. (8.3 cm) round clear-glass ornament
  • small metal or plastic snowflakes (optional)


Snowman and snowflake strips

1. On 3 yd. (2.7 m) of thread, attach a stop bead, and pick up eight color A cylinder beads, leaving an 8-in. (20 cm) tail.

2. Working in flat even-count peyote stitch, follow one of the patterns to make three snowflake strips (FIGURE 1), two snowman A strips (FIGURE 2), and one snowman B strip (FIGURE 3). Do not end the working threads or tails.

3. Adjust the length of each of the strips to fit your glass ornament if needed.

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Photo a

Ornament collar

1. On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of thread, attach a stop bead, leaving a 12-in. (30 cm) tail. Pick up a color B 11/0 cylinder bead, four As, and a B.

2. Working in flat even-count peyote stitch, make a band that is six beads wide and 84 rows long following the color pattern established in step 1. Test the fit to make sure the band fits snugly around the top of the ornament’s metal bezel. Adjust the length of the band as needed.

3. Remove the stop bead, and zip up the two ends to form a collar (PHOTO A). End the working thread and tail. Set aside.

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Photo b


1. Lay the peyote strips in the following order left to right: snowman strip A; snowflake strip with the large snowflake at the top; snowman strip B; snowflake strip with the small snowflake at the top (remove the stop bead from this strip); snowman strip A; and snowflake strip with the large snowflake at the top (PHOTO B). You will sew the strips to the collar in this order.

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Figure 4

2. Working one strip at a time with the tail from the end of the strip, use As to decrease each of the next two rows by one cylinder (FIGURE 4, a–b and b–c). Your final row should have two cylinders. Sew through the beadwork, and exit the last cylinder added.

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Figure 5
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Photo c

3. To sew each strip to the collar, sew through an edge cylinder in the collar, the two cylinders above, and back through the edge cylinder (FIGURE 5, a–b). Sew through the end cylinder just exited on the strip (b–c). Sew through the edge cylinder on the collar again, and sew through the collar beadwork to exit an edge cylinder aligned with the second end cylinder on the strip (c–d). Sew through the second end cylinder on the strip and back up through the edge cylinder on the collar (d–e). Reinforce the join by sewing through the collar and the strip beadwork. Do not end or trim the thread.

4. Repeat step 3 with the remaining strips, placing the strips four cylinders apart on the collar (PHOTO C). If you have adjusted the size of the collar to fit the ornament top, adjust the placement of the strips as needed.

5. After all the strips are attached, end the threads.

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Photo d

6. Place the collar and attached strips on top of the ornament. Tape the strips to the ornament at the top and bottom of the ornament so they lie straight (PHOTO D).

7. Turn the ornament bottom side up, and place in a cup or mug for support. One of the strips with a stop bead will have its tail exiting on a side opposite all the other strips. Remove the stop bead, and sew through the beadwork on this strip so the thread is exiting in the same direction as the other strips. Remove the stop beads from the remaining strips.


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Figure 6

8. Working with any strip, thread a needle on the tail, and pick up enough As to span the distance between the strips, (approximately 8–11) while maintaining the up-bead pattern across the gap. Sew through the edge cylinder in the end row of the adjacent strip (FIGURE 6, a–b). Do not end the thread.

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Photo e
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Photo f

9. Repeat step 8 for each strip (PHOTO E), adjusting the placement of the strips as needed so they are evenly spaced around the ornament.

10. Working with any strip, sew through the beadwork and an edge cylinder. You may also need to sew through the last A picked up in step 8 (b–c).

11. Using the cylinders connecting the strips as a base, stitch a row of flat peyote, and sew through the edge cylinder you exited in step 8 in the first strip (PHOTO F AND C–D). Do not end the thread.

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Photo g

12. Repeat steps 10–11 with the remaining segments connecting the strips.

13. Add 2 yd. (1.8 m) of thread to the bottom of the ornament. Work a round of peyote stitch across the segments and the ends of the strips.

14. Work three more rows of peyote, decreasing within each round to snug the beads to the curve of the ornament (FIGURE G). End all the threads.


1. Cut a 4-ft. (1.2 m) piece of ribbon, and tie a multi-loop bow. Secure the center of the bow to the top of the ornament with a 10-in. (25 cm) piece of wire or ribbon. Trim the excess wire or ribbon.

2. Clean the exposed glass sections of the ornament.

For added sparkle, you may choose to insert small metal or plastic snowflakes into the ornament before attaching the collar to the top of the ornament.
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