Every year I try to come up with some new ideas for Christmas beading projects. For 2015 I decided to go sparkly!
This shooting star ornament uses delicate blue crystal and clear beads. I used a Swarovski Rivoli to create the centre of the shooting star. The design evolved from two different beads. I fell in love with some twisted bugle beads in a beautiful pale blue and I wanted to find a way to incorporate spike beads. So, I ended up using the spike beads to create the arms on the star. The bugle beads made a magical tail for my shooting star. Then, I completed the design with a little bridge between the top two arms. This made it easy to attach a ribbon for hanging the star up as a decoration. The star is two-sided, so it will look the same from both sides as it hangs on a Christmas tree.
You are going to be working in basic Right Angle Weave and Peyote stitch to encase your Rivolis. Then, attach the spike beads using Peyote stitch. Use a simple beaded fringe to make the tail for the shooting star.
None of the techniques are complex, but this is a little fiddly in places, so I would recommend this pattern for intermediate level. If you have a bit of experience already and want to push yourself, then you can download free technique sheets to help you with the basics. I wrote the pattern with clear step-by-step instructions and diagrams. So it should be perfectly possible to follow even if you are still improving your skills and growing in confidence.
If you have enjoyed this shooting star project then you might like to try out some of my other Christmas beading patterns. You can find some ideas below!