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Egg-stravagance

My daughter and I love dying 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.
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MATERIALS
cream-and-pastel beaded egg cover

  • 2½ x 1¾-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)

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FIGURE 1
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FIGURE 2

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).

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).

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FIGURE 3
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FIGURE 4

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).

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).

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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.

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FIGURE 6

11. Repeat steps 1–10 to make a total of four color A flower components.

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.

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FIGURE 7

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

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.

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FIGURE 8

5. To close up the top of the cover, work as in step 3, but pick up only one 11/0 per stitch.

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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