- WoolFelt (National Nonwovens): White; Red
- White Stabilizer #30 (Pellon)
- Seed Beads (TOHO): 11/0: White Rainbow; 8/0: White Opaque Luster
- White Opaque Rainbow Bugle Beads (TOHO), 1-1/2"
- Pearl Medium #16 Braid (Kreinik), 10" length
- Poly-fill (Fairfield Processing)
- Needles: sewing; embroidery; beading, #10
- Matching sewing thread
- Straight pins
- Silamide (YLI), size A: White; Red
- 1. Beads are not always uniform in size. Follow pattern and adjust snowflake lines, if needed. No two snowflakes are alike so once the snowflake is beaded it will not show. Remove any basting threads that show when beading is completed.
- 1. Print out pattern. Cut out two red felt circles, and set one aside. Cut a circle from crinoline and #30 stabilizer, and set crinoline aside. Center snowflake pattern under stabilizer circle and use pencil or pen to trace pattern onto circle by placing straight lines down center of beads. Use ruler to keep lines straight.
- 2. Use white sewing thread to baste together one piece of Red felt right side up, the crinoline and stabilizer traced side out.
- 3. Working from backside, baste pattern onto front side of Red felt using white sewing thread. Check front side to be sure basting threads are showing on felt. Quick Tip: To begin beading, use a two yard length of Silamide in the beading needle, join the two ends together and knot. (Note: Use two strands for all beading.) To end the thread, tie off the thread on the backside. To end the picot fringe thread, slip the needle/thread back through several beads following the beading path and come out through a bead that rests next to the felt on the backside. Take a couple of tiny stitches next to the beads on the backside. Run the needle inside the ornament and bring the needle up a distance away toward the middle of the backside of the ornament. Pull the needle/thread up putting tension on the thread, clip and let thread slide back into felt.
- 4. Use White Silamide and 11/0 White Rainbow seed beads and 1-1/2" bugle bead to bead the snowflake. Place these beads as indicated on pattern. Work long straight lines first using bead row stitch (Fig. 1). Start in center working outward on the long straight lines. When all these lines are beaded, work the circle close to the center. Work each section between the long lines individually working around the lower circle. Sew on the right and left bugles in each section using a single bead stitch (Fig. 2), then sew seed bead between bugles. Working from left side, go back through all three beads. Move to the next section on this circle and repeat these steps. When this circle is completed, work the other circle in the same way, except place top group of three beads (seed, bugle and seed) going straight out toward the outer edge. Go back through the left and right slanted bugles/seed beads catching the bottom seed bead of the group of beads in each section. Be sure to pull thread firmly. The three seed beads in this section will be close together. Refer to photo and pattern. Beads vary in size so each section may not fit the same. (see photos)
- 5. Fold 10" length of Pearl braid in half, knot ends together for ornament hanger. Use a double strand of White Silamide to secure the hanger to the stabilizer/crinoline in center on backside. Line up hanger with one of the long beaded lines of the snowflake.
- 6. Place red circle shapes wrong side together, use a whipstitch and red sewing thread join the two pieces. Start on the right side working around the ornament. Before closing the ornament place a small amount of stuffing inside to give the ornament a soft rounded look.
- 7. Use 8/0 White Opaque Luster beads for the picot edging (Fig. 3) around the outside edge of the ornament. To begin, secure the knot inside the ornament and use three small stitches on top of each other in the edge of the felt. As you work the clusters of the edging, keep beads snug on the Silamide. If needed, adjust the picot beads easing them into place, as you work around the ornament. (see photos)
by Linda Wyszynski