Bead a SuperDuo Christmas Tree

Molly Benson, proprietor of The Bead Shop in Manchester, U.K., recently reached out to the Beading Daily staff with a holiday gift to us all: This simple SuperDuo Christmas tree design! You’ll want to try this quick and easy beadwork design to make a pair of earrings, a package decoration, or as a small ornament for your tree.

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It’s easily done with circular peyote stitch and is a wonderful project for using up leftover beads. Supplies you’ll need (per tree):

Size 11 seed beads (A)
12 SuperDuos (B)
1 dagger bead (C)
3 crystal 4mm bicones (D)
6lb Fireline braided beading thread

Round 1: Use 3′ of thread to string {1A and 1B} three times, leaving a 4″ tail. Pass through the beads again. Tie a knot with the tail and working thread and exit through the nearest A. Pass through the outer hole of the nearest B.

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Round 2: String 1B, 1A, 1C, 1A, and 1B; pass through the outer hole of the next B of Round 1. String 1B, 1A, 1D, 1A, and 1B and pass through the outer hole of the next B of Round 1; repeat.  Repeat the entire thread path of this round, but exit through the outer hole of the last B added.

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Round 3: String 1B; pass through the outer hole of the next B of Round 2 and through the following 1A/1C/1A/1B (outer hole). String 1B; pass through the outer hole of the next B and the next 1A/1D/1A/1B (outer hole). String 1B; pass through the outer hole of the next B and the following 1A/1D/1A/1B (outer hole). Weave through beads to exit from the outer hole of the B opposite the D.

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Top: String 3A, 1D, and 1A (or the loop of a leverback earring finding); pass back through the D just strung. String 3A; pass through the outer hole of the B just exited. Repeat the thread path to reinforce; secure the thread and trim.

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Pretty easy, right? And within about and hour, I made a pair of earrings that I could probably wear all wear long. Thank you, Molly, for sharing this great idea!

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What kind of color combination will you use for this design? We’d love to hear about your results on BeadingDaily.com.

Looking for more great patterns like this or the cute beaded pinecones shown below? We’ve got oodles! And, to celebrate Day 9 of our 12 Days of Deals, you’ll find 40% off of all patterns and projects in the Interweave store.

Happy beading!

Jean

Jean Cox, Beading Editorial Director

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