How to make beaded flowers! TOHO beaded flowers tutorial
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Designed by: Monika Wojdyla
I love flower motives. Skirts, dresses, blouses and, of course, jewellery. The closer to spring and summer, the more flowers I’ve got inside me. Sometimes, I think I’m somewhat too old, but I quickly get back on the right track. After all, flowers aren’t reserved for any specific age range – flowers are for everyone! Flowers make our world more beautiful so we should surround ourselves with flowers in any form. And that’s why I am going to show you how to make beaded flowers. We’re going to make beautiful lightweight earrings. So, if you have a moment to yourselves, I encourage you to stitch with me ☺ .
- size 11/0 TOHO beads
- 4 mm Fire Polish beads (you can replace them with 4 or 5mm round beads – it’s all up to your imagination)
- several green beads – I used 8mm jadeite balls
- 3cm headpins
- a chain with big links – I used 3.2mm rolo
- beading thread
- beading needles
- diagonal and long nose pliers
- coffee and a piece of cake – I don’t start my work without them ☺
Enough talk! Let’s stitch!
String 6 beads.
Use the working and tail threads to tie a knot. Tie it loosely. Don’t pull your thread.
Before you start making a new row, pass through the nearest bead so that the thread comes out of the first bead.
Next, add a new bead between each two beads of the first row.
In this step, your thread comes out of the first bead of the first row, string a bead and pass through the second bead of the first row. Continue to the end of the row. Step up through the first bead added in this row.
This is how our work should look like.
Make sure, your working thread comes out of the first bead of the second row.
String two TOHO beads and pass through the second bead (the sticking out one) of this row.
Add two beads between each gap of the second row. Arms start to appear. As you reach the 6th arm, step up to the next row. Now you can pass through the 6 beads of the first row with your tail thread and cut it – it’s no longer needed.
As you make the 6th arm, pass through the sticking out bead of the second row (marked with a dot) and the bead of the third row so you are on the top of the arm of our “star”.
String two beads and pass through the nearest bead.
You can see that our work starts to look like a star. Our thread comes out of the “Y” bead so pass through (from below) the “X” bead (without adding beads). The thread comes out of the top of the next arm.
String two beads and pass through (from the top) the nearest bead. Add two beads in each arm of our star like this.
As you complete all six arms of our flower remember you need to step up to the new row, to the top of the arm. To do that, instead of passing through one bead, pass through two beads (marked with “X”). Do that every time after having added the beads until the last arm.
The thread comes out of the top of the arm. Now, we make a new row.
String two beads and pass through the nearest bead.
Pass through (from below) the bead of the second arm. Now you need to pull the thread tightly so that the star turns into a bluebell.
Add two beads.
Pass through (from below) the bead of the next arm. Add two beads to the top and continue the whole process till the 6th arm. To step up to the next row, pass through (from below) the two beads of the first arm. We need to make 6 rows that way. Pull the thread tightly to create a bluebell.
As you have six rows, pass through the top of the first arm – now we are going to give a shape to our bluebell.
So, as we did previously, add two beads passing through the nearest bead.
This time, while passing to the next arm string 1 bead and then pass through (from below) the bead.
The needle comes out of the top of the nearest arm, string two beads and pass through the next bead.
String 1 bead and pass through (from below) the next arm.
Add two beads and continue until the 6th arm.
6 arms done. There is a missing bead between the 6thand the 1starms.
String 1 bead and pass through (from below) the two beads of the first arm.
Now, we’ve got a beautiful shape of a bluebell.
Time to "polish” the bluebell. The thread comes out of the top of the first arm, so string 1 bead and pass through the nearest bead.
We need to get to the second arm. Pass through the “on the way” beads – as shown in the picture.
Add 1 bead at the top and continue until the whole flower is done.
As the flower is done, pass the thread down and up through several beads, and down again. Cut the thread.
Now you know how to make beaded flowers. Time to add earrings.
Cut 6 links of the chain. Open the earring and attach the chain. Close the earring.
Thread in 3 Fire Polish beads (or other beads but not smaller than 4mm) into the head pin.
Trim the excess wire of the headpin. Use your long nose pliers and bend the headpin to make a loop. Attach the headpin on the last chain link.
You can attach the second flower on the third link from the top, and another one on the first link.
I think, something is missing here. Something green. So I add two 8mm jadeite balls. I add 1 directly to the earring, and the second one right behind the second flower.
How to make beaded flowers? Now you know perfectly well. We can’t wait to see your versions of the flower earrings, necklaces, keyrings. Or maybe you will surprise us and find another way to use the bluebells.
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