Stitch Pro: Stitch a Pair of Beaded Snowflake Earrings–Free Pattern!

The snow is falling as I look out the window today. I can smell the turkey roasting, and the pumpkin and apple pies I made last night are lined up on the counter, reminding me that meals are usually better when dessert comes first. I'm excited to spend this Thanksgiving with family and close friends, sharing my abundant bounty with those I love. In the spirit of the season of giving (and in the spirit of that white stuff that's coming down and that I will soon be shoveling), I've designed a snowflake component that I'd like to share with you!

Here's how they are done:

Round 1: Use 3' of thread to string 6 seed beads, leaving a short tail. Tie a square knot with the working and tail threads to form a tight circle, then pass through the beads again, exiting through the first bead strung.

Round 2: String 1 bead and pass through the next bead of Round 1; repeat six times. Step up through the first bead added in this round.

Round 3: String 2 beads and pass through the next bead of Round 2: repeat six times. Step up through the first bead added in this round.

Round 4: String 2 beads, pass through the next bead of Round 3, the nearest Round 2 bead, and up through the following Round 3 bead; repeat six times. Step up through the first bead added in this round.

Round 5: String 5 beads and pass back through the first 2 beads just added to form a fringe, then pass through the following Round 4 bead and weave through beads to exit up through the next Round 4 bead; repeat six times.

For an earring: Add a jump ring to one of the picots added in Round 5; add an ear wire to the jump ring. Note: I used my chain-nose pliers to firmly turn the orientation of my ear wire loop so my snowflake would hang properly.

Since I'm a low-key jewelry-wearer, I like these snowflakes as low-key holiday wear, but if you really like to deck the halls, make a bunch of them to hang from a chain bracelet or necklace. Or REALLY deck the halls by making lots, stitching them together, and using the garland to decorate your tree!

Eager for more easy holiday projects? We've got all kind of great new goodies right now that I know you'll love! First, check out 12 Days of Holiday Beadwork, a pattern collection from the makers of Beadwork magazine–it's filled with great ideas for holiday-inspired jewelry and decorations. Next, you won't want to miss out on Heather Powers' upcoming web seminar, Needle Felted Bead Embroidered Ornament, where you'll learn to make beautiful ornaments using wool and beads. Finally, if you're into cross-craft like me, you'll want to be sure to pick up the premier issue of DIY Holiday, the new Interweave publication that is filled with holiday products you can knit, sew, bead, fold, and glue!

A very happy Thanksgiving to my American friends…and happy beading to all!

Jean Cox (Campbell)

Content Strategist, Interweave Bead Group


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