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Beaded Easter egg


by Janice Yankee

Netted seed bead chains stir my imagination and make me materials

see beads everywhere, even in my dreams. Perhaps I am in- • 1 Tube each 110 seed beads, 3 colors
• Nymo D or Silamide to match main
spired by the net’s flexibility or the variety of patterns that can bead color
be created using this stitch. • Beading needles, #10 or 12
• Beeswax or Thread Heaven
• Wooden egg 13⁄4 x 21⁄2 in. (4.4 x 6.4cm),
The idea for these eggs came to me after I made a netted painted or varnished
amulet bag. I saw how netted strips could be added to • Acrylic paint or spray polyurethane
each other and decided to try making a beaded version of
a Fabergé egg using the technique. To display the eggs at
Easter, I put them in an antique glass basket as a centerpiece.
They can also be hung from ribbons as Christmas decorations.
I even know a few egg collectors who enjoy them year round.

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Start by making a strip of netted chain NARROW NETTED STRIP
1b 1f
joined into a ring. Attach three addi- 1. Place a stop bead about 6 in. from
tional strips of netting and bead a the tail end of a 5-ft. length of waxed
medallion for the top. Slip the netting thread as before. Make the narrow strip
over a painted or varnished egg and of netting that cinches in the wide
complete the beadwork by adding strips as follows: stop bead 1c
another medallion at the bottom. a. Pick up 1 A, 1 B, 1 A, and 2 Bs. Go 1a
through any C bead on the edge of a 1d
WIDE NETTED STRIPS wide strip to connect this netting to it.
1. Place a stop bead about 6 in. (15cm) Turn and go through the next bead FIGURE 1
from the tail of a 5-ft. (1.5m) length of (FIGURE 4A).
waxed thread. Make the first strip of b. Pick up 1 B, 1 A, and 1 B. Go 24th 1st
point point
netting as follows: through the bead closest to the stop
a. Pick up 4 color A beads, 3 Bs, and bead (figure 4b).
1 C. Skip the C bead to turn the work c. Pick up 2 Bs and 1 C. Turn and go
and go back through the next bead through the next bead (FIGURE 4C).
(FIGURE 1A). d. Pick up 1 B, 1 A, and 1 B. Go 2b
b. Pick up 2 Bs and 3 As. Go through through the center bead (connector knot
the bead closest to the stop bead bead) of the previous 3-bead sequence 2c
c. Pick up 3 Bs and 1 C. Turn (skip e. Pick up 2 Bs. Go through the next 2d
the C) and go through the next bead C on the wide strip. Turn and go
(FIGURE 1C). through the next bead (FIGURE 4E). FIGURE 2
d. Pick up 2 Bs and 3 As. Go through f. Pick up 1 B, 1 A, and 1 B. Go
the center bead (connector bead) of the through the center bead of the previous
previous 5-bead sequence (FIGURE 1D). 3-bead sequence (FIGURE 4F).
e. Pick up 3 Bs and 1 C. Turn and go 2. Repeat this pattern until you’ve con-
through the next bead (FIGURE 1E). nected this strip to the last C bead on
f. Pick up 2 Bs and 3 As. Go through the wide strip.
the center bead of the previous 5-bead 3. Complete the circle as follows:
sequence (FIGURE 1F). a. Pick up 1 B and go through the
2. Repeat from 1c to 1f until the chain connector bead at the beginning of the
has 24 points on one side and 23 on the chain (FIGURE 5A).
other. After making the 24th point, turn b. Pick up1 B and go through the
the work and follow the directions connector at the end of the chain
below to join the netting into a circle. (FIGURE 5B).
a. Pick up 2 Bs and go through the c. Pick up 2 Bs and 1 C. Turn and go
connector bead at the beginning of the through the next bead (FIGURE 5C).
chain (FIGURE 2A). d. Pick up 1 B, remove the stop bead, 4d
b. Pick up 2 As and go through the and tie a square knot (FIGURE 5D). 4a 4c
connector bead at the end of the chain 4. Hide the ends as before.
(FIGURE 2B). 4e
c. Pick up 3 Bs and 1 C. Turn and go TOP MEDALLION 4b 4f
through the next bead (FIGURE 2C). Arrange the bead colors in the medal-
d. Pick up 2 Bs, remove the stop lion as you like. The color sequence
bead, and tie the two thread ends given in the following directions is only
together using a square knot (How-Tos). one of many possible variations.
3. Take the thread through several 1. Start with about 3 ft. (.9m) of waxed
beads to hide the ends before cutting. thread. Make the medallion as follows:
4. To make the second and third strips a. Pick up 12 beads, alternating
of netting, follow the pattern in steps 1 between Bs and Cs, and move them to 5d knot
and 2 with this exception. Connect the about 8 in. (20cm) from the end of the
second strip to the first and the third to thread. Tie a square knot to form a ring
the second by picking up a C bead from and go through the next bead (figure
the edge of a finished strip. Replace the 6a). 24th 5a 1st
point point
instruction in step 1c, above, as follows: b. Pick up 3 As. Skip one bead in the
Pick up 3 Bs and go through a C on the ring and go through the next bead.
finished strip. Turn and go through the Repeat until you’ve made 6 points. Go
next bead (FIGURE 3). through the first 2 beads along the first

point to begin the next row (FIGURE skip a C on the netting, and go through between points can vary slightly.)
6B). the next C (FIGURE 7B). c. Go through the beads along the
c. Pick up 5 Bs. Go through the second c. Repeat until you’re back at the ring again to reinforce them. When you
(center) bead of the next point. stop bead. reach the stop bead, remove it and tie
Repeat around the ring. Go through the 3. Before you knot the thread, slip the the threads, but don’t cut them.
first 3 beads of the first 5-bead point to beadwork over the egg to make sure 2. Make the bottom medallion, follow-
begin the next row (FIGURE 6C). the beads you just added lie flat. If not, ing the directions for the top. You may
d. Pick up 7 Bs. Go through the center remove the stop bead and carefully pull have to adjust the number of rows
bead of the next point. Repeat around the thread out. Replace the stop bead (usually by omitting one) to fit the
the circle. and try again, adjusting the bead space.
e. Go through the first 3 beads (not counts until the medallion fits smooth- 3. Attach the medallion to every fourth
to the center) of the first 7-bead point ly over the egg’s top. point along the netted strip. If your
(FIGURE 6D). Pick up 3 As. Skip one 4. Once the medallion is attached and medallion is too small to fit the open-
bead and go through the next 7 beads. you’re satisfied with the way it looks, ing, but not small enough to require
Repeat around the circle (FIGURE 6E). run the thread through the beads again another row of beads, try this alterna-
Make a half-hitch knot (How-Tos) to tie and add beads in the remaining spaces. tive: Run the thread through one or
off the thread, go through several beads Remove the stop bead, knot the more beads on the netting edge and
to hide the end, and cut it. threads, and hide the ends. have it come out of the bead right
2. To attach the medallion to the nar- before a point bead. Pick up 1 bead, go
row netted strip, start with about 3 ft. BOTTOM MEDALLION through the middle bead of the medal-
of waxed thread and tie on a stop bead. 1. Place a stop bead 6 in. from the end lion’s last row, and pick up another
Go through any C bead on the edge of of 3 ft. of waxed thread. Close up the bead (FIGURE 8). Repeat at every fourth
the netting. netting with a medallion as follows: point along the netting. When the
a. Pick up 2 Cs and go through the a. Go through any C-bead point on medallion is attached successfully, knot
next C on the netting. Repeat one time the bottom edge of the netting. Pick up the thread and hide the ends.
(FIGURE 7A). If 2 beads seem too 2 Cs and go through the next C. 4. Optional: Add beads to fill in the
crowded,try using 2 skinny beads here. b. Continue until you’re back at the gaps between C beads where the netted
One bead is usually not enough. stop bead. This should cinch in the bot- strips are joined. The upper and lower
b. Pick up 3 Cs and go through any tom so it fits snugly against the egg. If rows usually take 2 beads between Cs;
point on the edge of the medallion. (If the beads don’t sit correctly or if too the center row usually takes 3.
the point of the medallion seems too much thread shows, try increasing or
far from the netting, try 2 beads on decreasing the number of beads added
each side of the point.) Pick up 3 Cs, between points. (The number of beads

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