Holly Baubles Beading Pattern

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For this project you will need a 60mm bauble, size 8, 11 and 15 seed beads, Tile beads, Arcos and Minos and your choice of beading thread. You will use Peyote, Herringbone, Brick Stitch and Netting. Suitable for confident beaders.

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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.

2 reviews for Holly Baubles Beading Pattern

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    kmearles (verified owner)

    The pattern is well-written with excellent descriptions, diagrams and photos to guide the beader. I was drawn to the creative use and placement of the tiles and arcos beads and the leaves at the bottom. The leaves could be incorporated into other designs as well. I particularly liked the photos from three angles to show the top, front and middle of the ornament.

    • Katie Dean

      Thank you so much! I always try to incorporate as much detail as I can in order to help when all you have to go on is a piece of paper! So I’m really pleased that you found the pattern worked and thrilled that you like my design. I look forward to seeing how you use the holly leaves in other projects!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Corinne Howe (verified owner)

    I must admit, I found this pattern rather a challenge! I would definitely recommend it for advanced beaders otherwise you’re going to need quite a bit of help. The challenges that presented themselves to me was fitting the beadwork to the bauble. I bead rather tightly so I found that I needed a slightly smaller bauble – around 55mm – for the beadwork to fit, and it made a very nice snug fit. I agree with Katie in the notes that the 5th row of tiles could be omitted but I worked the pattern exactly as recommended and would probably only work 4 or even 3 rows next time. This means that you could budget for fewer tile beads. I can definitely see all kinds of ‘play’ possibilities, e.g. adding some crystals into the strips of connecting beadwork, or even working the arcos again around the lower section with a smaller tile section around the middle. The Holly leaves just round it off nicely and I added some crystals here instead of just round beads. Altogether, it makes a very attractive and different Christmas bauble!

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