Cross-Weave Technique


Happy Holiday Tree Make a cute holiday pin, ornament, or pendant. Select a handful of crystals and go to work! Designed by Diane Schroer MATERIALS one tree 13/8 x 13/4 in. (3.5 x 4.4 em) 8 mm star or other accent bead 4 mm bicone crystals 49 color A 8 color B 7-8 assorted 4 mm accent beads 3-25 size 11 Q or 15Q seed beads monofilament cord, .010 (i.e. Supplemax or Illusion Cord) pin-back finding (optional) E6000 adhesive (optional) Future Floor Wax (optional) G-S Hypo Cement 2 permanent markers, black and red step by step

  • [1] Cut llh yd. (1.4 m) of monofilament cord, and, using permanent markers, color one tip black and the other tip red. Center a color A 4 mm bicone crystal on the cord.
  • [2] With the black end, pick up two As. With the red end, pick up one A, and cross through the second A picked up with the black end (figure, a-b and aa-bb).
  • [3] Working in cross-weave, repeat step 2 twice (b-e and bb-ce). With the red end, go back through two beads as shown (ee-dd).
  • [4] Continuing with the red end, pick up five color B 4 mm bicone crystals. Go through the second B picked up (dd-ee). Pick up three Bs, go back through the B you just went through (ee-ff), and continue through four Bs and two As as shown (ff-gg).
  • [5] With the black end, pick up three As. Cross the red end through the third A just picked up (c-d and gg-hh).
  • [6] With the red end, pick up four As, and go through the first one again in the same direction (hh-ii).
  • [7] Pick up two As, and go through the next A on the previous row (ii-jj). With the black end, cross through the second A just picked up (d-e).
  • [8] Repeat step 7, reversing the black and red ends (e-f and jj-kk).
  • [9] With the red end, pick up two As, and go through the next A on the previous row (kk-II). Pick up four As, and go through the first one again (II-mm). Pick up an A and go through four As as shown (mm-nn). With the black end, go through two As so your cord ends are exiting opposite sides of the same bead (f-g).
  • [10] With the red end, pick up three As, and go through the next A on the previous row (nn-oo). Pick up two As (oo-pp).
  • [11] With the black end, go through two As as shown (g-h). Pick up four As, and go through the first one in the same direction (h-i). Pick up two As, and go through the next A on the previous row (i-j).
  • [12] With the red end, cross through the second A just picked up (pp-qq). Pick up five As, go through the second one in the same direction, and continue through three As as shown (qq-rr).
  • [13] With the black end, go through two As G-k).
  • [14] With the red end, pick up three As (rr-ss).
  • [15] With the black end, go through the third A just picked up. Pick up two As, go through the next A in the previous row and the A you just exited (k-I). Pick up two 11 Q or 15Q seed beads, the 8 mm star bead, and 11 to 13 seed beads. Sew back through the 8 mm, two seed beads, and A you just exited (I-m).
  • [16] Use the tails to add colorful “bulbs” as desired using one or both of the following methods.

Exiting an A, pick up a 4 mm accent bead. Pass the cord through the next bead that’s parallel to the one you’re exiting, going in the same direction (photo a). Exiting an A, pick up a 4 mm accent bead and a 15Q seed bead. Go back through the 4 mm, and continue through an adjacent A (photo b).

  • [17] Secure the tails witha few half-hitch knots (Online Basics) between beads, dot them with G-S Hypo Cement, and trim. 0

DESIGNER’S NOTES: If you want to stiffen the beadwork, dip it in or brush it with Future Floor Wax. To make a pin, add only one seed bead above the star, and sew back through the star before continuing. Stiffen the tree with floor wax, and glue a pin-back finding to the back of the beadwork using E6000 adhesive.

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