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Easter Lily earrings

Easter lily earrings key

Stitch up a sweet pair of petite lily blossoms for Easter. Make them in a palette of other hues to extend blooming time all year round.

SUPPLIES

Pair of earrings 3⁄4 in. (1.9 cm)

  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads (Toho 761, matte opaque milk crystal)
  • 2 g 15/0 seed beads, color A (Miyuki 402, opaque white)
  • 1 g 15/0 seed beads in each of 2 colors
    • color B (Miyuki 431, opaque jade luster) 
    • color C (Toho 712, metallic gold)
  • 1 pair of ear wires
  • Fireline, 6 lb. test (crystal)
  • beading needles, #11 or #12
  • 2 pairs of chainnose, flatnose, and/or bentnose pliers

BASICS

INSTRUCTIONS

Easter lily earrings 1
Figure 1
Easter lily earrings 2
Figure 2
Easter lily earrings 3
Figure 3
Easter lily earrings 4
Figure 4
Easter lily earrings 5
Figure 5

1. On 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread and leaving a 10-in. (25 cm) tail, pick up 12 color A 15/0 seed beads, and sew through the first two beads again to form a ring (FIGURE 1, a–b). These beads will shift to form the first two rounds as the third round is added. 

2. Work in tubular peyote, picking up one bead per stitch as follows.

Round 3: Pick up an A, skip the next A in the ring, and sew through the following A (b–c). Repeat this stitch five more times, and step up through the first A added in this round (c–d). Snug up the beads so the beadwork cups and begins to form a tube.

Rounds 4–9: Using As, work six stitches per round.

Rounds 10–11: Using 11/0 seed beads, work six stitches per round.

3. For round 12, pick up two 11/0s and sew through the next A in the previous round (FIGURE 2, a–b). Repeat this stitch five times, and step up through the first 11/0 added in this round (b–c).

4. For round 13, pick up five As, sew down through the next 11/0 added in round 12, and continue through the adjacent 11/0 in round 11 and the first 11/0 in the next pair added in round 12 (FIGURE 3, a–b). Repeat this stitch five more times for a total of six petals (b–c). Retrace the thread path through the beads in this step to add a little more structure. End the working thread.

5. Thread a needle on the tail. Pick up an A, and sew through the next up-bead in round 1 (FIGURE 4, a–b). Sew down through the center of the tube, pick up eight color B 15/0 seed beads, and three color C 15/0 seed beads (b–c). Skip the three Cs, and sew back through the Bs, the center of the tube, and the next up-bead in round 1 (c–d). Pull snug. This creates the first anther in the center of the flower. Repeat these stitches once more to add a second anther (d–e). Pick up an A, sew through the next two up-beads, and step up through the first A added in this round (e–f).  

6. Working off of the three beads added in the previous step, work two rounds of tubular peyote with As, stepping up through the first bead added in each round after the round is complete. You will be adding three As in each round. 

7. To make a hanging loop, pick up seven Bs, and sew through the next up-bead in the final round (FIGURE 5, a–b). Pick up a B, skip the last B added, and sew back through the next five Bs (b–c). Pick up a B, and sew through the A your thread exited at the start of this step (c–d). Retrace the thread path through the loop at least once, and end the thread.

8. Open the loop of an earwire, and attach the loop of Bs created in the previous step. Close the loop.

9. Make a second earring.

easter lily charms
For an alternate design, try using a different color bead.
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