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12 Designs of Christmas Day 10 - Victorian Tree Decoration

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12 Designs of Christmas Day 10 - Victorian Tree Decoration

Designed by: Wendy J Cooper

Difficulty: Intermediate

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On the 10th Design of Christmas my true love gave to me...A Victorian Tree Decoration! 

I'm into Victorian this Christmas which is great because there are so many styles and colour co-ordinations that can be adapted with today’s craft products.

Many variations of this decoration can be made using different coloured felt, tassels and beads. I chose purple felt and teals for this project as I feel they really work well together.

Ideally there would be no gaps where the beads meet at the triangle points, but I like rustic handcrafted, so I just let my hands 'go with the flow'.

As always, tag me @WendyJCooper in the Beads Direct and Friend Facebook group so I can see your versions of this lovely decoration.

Happy crafting

Wendy J

Items used:

2 x TOHO Size 11 Seed Beads – I used U6973

1 x Felt Square Beading Foundation - I used ST203

1 x Tassel – I used U3436 (145mm)

KO Beading Thread - TC311

Size 8 Seed Beads – I used 8ROC78265

1 x TOHO Size 6 Seed Beads – I used U1453

Scissors - U7884

You will also need pins, a needle, some stuffing and a little glue.

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Print out the pattern sheet HERE and cut out all of the circles. Pin these onto your felt and cut them all out.  Take 5 circles and put the others aside. Open a pack of seed beads (U6973)

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Pin 2 circles back to back folding down the paper along the line of the triangle. Make sure that both triangles inside the circles match up together.

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I used a single thread knotted at one end. Pushing the needle through from inside to outside using the fold of the paper as a guide. Add your first bead.

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Push the needle back to the other side and add a second bead before pushing back through the felt and in and out of the first bead. Add a third bead.

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Push the needle through so that it comes out just before the second bead. Push the needle through it and add the fourth bead before pushing the needle back to just before bead 3.

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Put the needle through bead 3 and add bead 5.

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Continue to repeat this method until you get to the end. If you have a length of thread left over keep it connected for another row.

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Your work should look like this on the back.

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Take another circle and pin it in the same way making sure that the tip of the triangle matches the two we have already sewn together. 

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Repeat the sewing process so your work looks like this.

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Add the other two circles again making sure to match the triangle tips up.

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Finally sew together the last edge to make a cap shape. Take another 5 circles and repeat again so that you have two 'caps'.

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Now we start on the 10 remaining circles. These are sewn together in a different pattern as we are creating a band and not a cap. Place the circles as in the picture. We are going  to sew circle 1 tip, circle 2 flat, circle 3 tip.

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We will sew (as before with beads) the first 2 circles together as indicated by the green pen marks in the picture. 

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Sew all 10 circles together making sure they are all in the sequence of tip flat tip flat tip flat tip flat tip

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The back of your work should look like this.

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Finally sew the last two edges together with beads to create a complete circle. Make sure you sew the correct 2 edges together here.

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Now we will sew one side of the band to one of the caps. Start by pinning the round edges together. These are the 'flat' edges on the band.   Repeat the same with the other side of the band and the second cap but do not sew the last 2 edges as we need an opening to stuff our bauble.

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After stuffing, pin and sew with beads the last two edges.

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Mark the top and bottom of your bauble with a pin. This is the part of each cap end where all the triangle tips meet.

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Take the tassel and using U1453 thread 10 beads onto the tassels hanging cord. If you have difficulty doing this by hand you can thread your needle with TC311 looping it through the tassel cord. Some of the beads will be hidden by the tassel cap but there is no need to add more.

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Cut the hanging cord and tie ends together 3 times

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Dab some glue over the knot and put aside to dry.

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Cut 120cm of thread. Double onto a needle so it is 60cm in length and to stop the beads falling off make a moveable bead knot towards the end. Thread about 18cm of 8ROC78265 beads.

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Then push the needle through them all again to create a complete loop.

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Remove the bead knot. Cut your thread where the needle is so you are left with 2 double ends.  Knot the ends a few times making sure you have pulled the ends of the loop of beads tight together.

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Thread 2 ends onto the needle and sew the bead loop to the top of your bauble. Repeat with the other two ends.

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When your happy with this, tie off and trim any ends.

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Take your tassel and cut off the cord ends.

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Take a length of thread and double up on the needle but do not tie a knot. We now thread the needle through the beads from the knot end towards the tassel cap and out of the 7th bead.  

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Bring the needle round and push through the 8th bead.

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And continue back through the 7 beads towards the knot. You should have 2 double lengths one of which has your needle on. Continue to use the thread on your needle to secure the knotted end to the bottom of the bauble. Cut the thread from the needle and re-thread with the other 2 threads and again sew. Knot and trim any ends.

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You have now finished your Victorian Tree Decoration.

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