Beaded egg-stravagance

Bedeck a simple wooden form to make a lush spring ornament
Beaded Eggstravagance

I call these “Faber-gist” because I was going for look of a Faberge egg and while it’s not quite there, you get the gist. Actually, I was really going for a simple design that you could whip up in no time for a last minute egg stuffer. I adapted these from the “Twin Spin” project in my latest book, Quick & Easy Stitched Jewelry.

SUPPLIES

blue earrings 1 3⁄4 in. (4.4 cm)

  • 16 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuos (metallic light green suede)
  • 30 4 mm bicones (Swarovski, Caribbean blue opal)
  • 16 11/0 seed beads or 11/0 cylinder beads (Miyuki Delica DB0753, opaque dark red)
  • 2 3–7 mm 24-gauge jump rings
  • 1 pair of earring wires
  • #10 or #12 beading needle
  • thread in a color that blends with the SuperDuo color
  • thread conditioner
  • 2 pairs of chainnose pliers

purple earring colors

  • 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuos (Vega on chalk)
  • 4 mm bicones (Swarovski, purple velvet)
  • 11/0 seed beads or 11/0 cylinder beads (Miyuki 4202, Duracoat galvanized gold)

green earring colors

  • 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuos (turquoise green)
  • 4 mm bicones (Swarovski, chrysolite opal AB2X)
  • 11/0 seed beads or 11/0 cylinder beads (Miyuki 4202, Duracoat galvanized gold)
INSTRUCTIONS
Beaded Eggstravagance key

My daughter and I love dyeing eggs around Easter time, and I always feel it’s a shame they don’t last longer. So I made these crystal-and-pearl-studded eggs that I can display year after year.

SUPPLIES

Cream-and-pastel beaded egg cover

  • 2 1⁄2 x 1 3⁄4-in. (6.4 x 4.4 cm) wooden egg form (www.rabbithollowcreations.com)
  • 4 mm bicone crystals (Preciosa)
    • 44 color A (amethyst AB2X)
    • 32 color B (fuchsia AB2X)
    • 48 color C (light rose AB2X)
  • 3 mm bicone crystals (Preciosa)
    • 40 color A (amethyst AB2X)
    • 32 color B (fuchsia AB2X)
    • 12 color C (light rose AB2X)
  • 3 mm crystal pearls (Swarovski)
    • 12 color D (light green)
    • 96 color E (cream rose)
  • 3 g 11/0 seed beads (Czech, pearl ivory; www.beadfx.com)
  • acrylic craft or spray paint 
  • paintbrush (optional)
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12

Coppery beaded egg colors

  • 4 mm and 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski)
    • color A (Indian red)
    • color B (crystal astral pink)
    • color C (crystal brandy)
  • 3 mm crystal pearls (Swarovski) 
    • color D (light gold)
    • color E (copper)
  • 11/0 seed beads (Czech, silk light copper)

INSTRUCTIONS

Before you start beading, paint your egg form according to the paint manufacturer’s instructions. Allow the egg to dry completely.

Beaded Eggstravagance f1
Figure 1
Flower components

1. 
On 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread, pick up eight 11/0 seed beads, and tie them into a ring with a square knot, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Sew through the first 11/0 again. 

2. Pick up a color D 3 mm pearl, skip three 11/0s in the ring, and sew through the following 11/0. Sew back through the pearl and the 11/0 your thread exited at the start of this step (FIGURE 1).
Beaded Eggstravagance f2
Figure 2
3. Pick up seven 11/0s, and sew through the 11/0 your thread exited at the start of this step and the next 11/0 in the ring (FIGURE 2, a–b). This forms the first petal.

4. Pick up five 11/0s, and sew through the first two 11/0s picked up in the previous petal, the 11/0 your thread exited in the ring, and the following 11/0 in the ring (b–c).

5. Repeat step 4 five times, and then sew through the two adjacent 11/0s from the first petal (c–d). Pick up three 11/0s, and sew through the two corresponding 11/0s in the previous petal and the 11/0 in the ring (d–e).
Beaded Eggstravagance f3
Figure 3
6. Pick up a color A 4 mm bicone crystal, and sew through the 11/0 at the tip of the petal (FIGURE 3, a–b). Sew back through the 4 mm, and continue through the 11/0 in the ring and the next 11/0 (b–c). Repeat these stitches to add an A 4 mm to each petal (c–d), and sew through the beadwork to exit a tip 11/0 (d–e).
Beaded Eggstravagance f4
Figure 4
7. Pick up an 11/0, a color E 3 mm pearl, and an 11/0, and sew through the 11/0 at the tip of the next petal (FIGURE 4, a–b). Repeat this stitch around the flower component, and sew through the first 11/0 added in this step (b–c).
Beaded Eggstravagance f5
Figure 5
8. Pick up four 11/0s, skip the pearl, and sew through the following 11/0. Skip the next 11/0, and sew through the 11/0 that precedes the next pearl (FIGURE 5, a–b). Repeat this stitch four times (b–c), and continue through the next pearl (c–d). 

9. Pick up a color A 3 mm bicone crystal, an 11/0, and an A 3 mm, and sew through the pearl and the next 11/0. Skip the next 11/0, and sew through the 11/0 that precedes the following pearl (d–e). This is a connection point.

10. Work one stitch as in step 8, and then repeat step 9 to form a second connection point (e–f). End the working thread and tail.

11. Repeat steps 1–10 to make a total of four color A flower components.
Beaded Eggstravagance f6
Figure 6

12. Repeat steps 1–10 to make four color C flower components with the following changes:

  • Substitute color C 4 mm bicones for the A 4 mms
  • Substitute color B 3 mm bicones for the A 3 mms
  • Before setting the components aside, on each component: Sew through the beadwork to exit between the second and third 11/0s surrounding the pearl between the two connection points (FIGURE 6, point a). Pick up an 11/0, a C 4 mm, an 11/0, a C 3 mm, and an 11/0 (a–b). Sew back through the 3 mm, 11/0, 4 mm, and 11/0, and into the component (b–c). End the threads. 

13. Repeat steps 1–7 to begin a color B flower component by substituting color B 4 mm bicones for the A 4 mms.

Beaded Eggstravagance f7
Figure 7
14. Embellish the adjacent pearl with 11/0s as in step 8, and continue through the next pearl (FIGURE 7, a–b). Pick up an A 3 mm, sew through the 11/0 between two 3 mms at the tip of a color A component, pick up an A 3 mm, and sew through the pearl again (b–c).

15. Repeat step 14, attaching another A component (c–d).

16. Repeat steps 14 and 15, but substitute B 3 mms for the A 3 mms and attach two color C components (d–e). End the threads.

17. Repeat steps 13–16 three times to connect all the flower components.

Finishing

1. Add 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread to a color A component, exiting the middle two 11/0s at the bottom center of the component (FIGURE 7, point f). 

2. Pick up an 11/0, an A 4 mm, an 11/0, an A 3 mm, an 11/0, an A 4 mm, an 11/0, an A 3 mm, an 11/0, an A 4 mm, and an 11/0, and sew through the middle two 11/0s in the next A component (f–g). Repeat this stitch to join all four A components with swags of crystals. Step up to exit the middle A 4 mm in the first swag.

3. Pick up two 11/0s, and sew through the middle A 4 mm in the next swag. Repeat this stitch to complete the round, pulling the center 4 mms and 11/0s into a tight ring. End the thread.

4. Add 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread to a color C component, exiting the middle two 11/0s at the top center of the component. Repeat step 2, but substitute C 4 mms and 3 mms for the As. Insert your egg form into the beadwork.

5. To close up the top of the cover, work as in step 3, but pick up only one 11/0 per stitch.
Beaded Eggstravagance f8
Figure 8
6. Sew through a color C component to exit between two side petals (FIGURE 8, point a). Pick up a color E pearl, and sew through the middle five 11/0s between the two petals and the new pearl (a–b). Pick up three E pearls, and sew through the previous pearl and the first two just picked up (b–c). Sew through the middle five 11/0s between the two side petals on the adjacent color C component and the pearl your thread just exited (c–d). Repeat this step to connect all the color C components. End the thread.

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