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Netted Christmas Ball

Materials:

Small round glass ornament.

Seed beads, size 11/o or 10/o in gold and green

Beading thread

Beading needle

Beadwork:

Step 1) Thread your needle on a comfortable length of thread and string one seed bead, sliding it down until you have an 8 inch tail. Stitch back through the bead again and pull tight to create a stop-bead.

Step 2) Pick up the following pattern of seed beads:

1 green, 5 gold, 1 green, 6 gold, 1 green, 7 gold, 1 green, 6 gold, 1 green, 5 gold, 1 green, 4 gold, 2 green

Slide the beads down to the stop bead.

Step 3) Stitch back through the green bead second from the end, and pull tight. If you have trouble getting the beads to snug up, you can also push the stop bead up to tighten the beadwork.

Step 4) Pick up the following beads: 4 gold, 1 green, 4 gold. Skip the first green bead from the previous row, and stitch down through the next green bead. You should now have a diamond-like shape at the top of the bead strand.

Step 5) Pick up 6 gold beads, 1 green, and 7 gold. Stitch down through the adjacent green bead in the previous row.

Step 6) Pick up 6 gold beads, 1 green, and 5 gold. Stitch down through the first green bead added in the previous row.

Step 7) You will now need to perform a turn to start the next row. Pick up 4 gold beads, and 2 green. Stitch up through the first green bead again and pull tight.

Step 8) Pick up 4 gold beads, 1 green, and 5 gold. Stitch through the adjacent green bead in the previous row.

For this row and each following row, you can keep track of your stitches by making sure to sew through the green beads that have only one strand of beads passing through them.

Step 9) Continue adding rows using the netting technique, using the pattern of 4-5-6-7-6-5-4. Periodically check the length of your beadwork against the ornament, until you have a panel of netting that is about ¼ inch short of covering the entire sphere. You will need to stop at the top of the beadwork - the opposite side as the stop bead.

Step 10) Wrap your beadwork around the ornament, and pick up 4 gold beads. Stitch through the top green bead from the first row. This will begin connecting the first and last rows together.

Step 11) Continue zipping up the netting, crossing back and forth between the gap and using the 4-5-6-7-6-5-4 pattern. Retrace the thread path once to tighten and secure the beadwork.

Step 12) Weave the working thread and tail thread into the beadwork, tying a few knots between beads. Trim the threads.

Variations:

To create a more snug beaded covering, you can cinch up the top and bottom of the netting by adding a few beads between each point.

Try adding fringe and tassels to the bottom of the ornament. You can also embellish the netting with other beads, such as stars or teardrops.