About the Holly Baubles
The Holly Baubles design evolved as I was trying to create a new bauble for my Christmas tree (in case you haven’t guessed, I have a red and gold theme!). I had been using Tile beads for another bracelet design and liked the way they sat in Peyote stitch, so I thought this would make a great statement around the centre of a bauble. I gradually added beaded embellishment, using some of my favourite new beads: Arcos and Minos. Finally I completed the design with a holly sprig and this gave it the ‘Holly Baubles’ name.
The Holly Baubles project is made in several stages and it uses a total of four different beading techniques. Each of the techniques is used in a basic format, but the pattern does assume that you are familiar with them. If you need to download free tutorials to give you a reminder or get some more information, then follow these links for: brick stitch, Tubular and Circular Peyote, Netting, Herringbone. As I was completing the project, I realised there were a couple of design modifications that I could have made, so the Holly Baubles pattern also includes notes on these, giving you some ideas to try.
The Holly Baubles design is one of two new bauble patterns I created in 2016. You can find the other, the Red and Gold Bauble, here. I like to try and come up with some new Christmas decorations every year. 2016 proved to be a bumper year: if you read my blog, you can find out all about a challenge that I entered to make a new Christmas decoration for every month of the year. Spread out over the course of twelve months, this worked pretty well, so if you fancy taking the challenge, you can find all my Christmas beading projects here.