My beaded Easter chick evolved on impulse. For a long time, I have been meaning to make a beaded chick, but the inspiration only struck this year. Inspiration came from a trip to my supermarket! I stumbled across the cutest cuddly chick. Really, it was more like a ball of fluff with eyes, tail, wings and legs. As soon as I saw it, I realised I could make something similar in beads. So, I hot-footed it home to try! Happily, the design evolved very naturally and this cute chick is the result.
About the Beaded Easter Chick Tutorial
This tutorial will guide you through the steps you need to make your own beaded Easter chick. You are going to be working in netting to create the chick’s body. (I feel I should mention, I owe inspiration to Diane Fitzgerald’s wonderful beaded netting book for this part). The chick’s Easter bonnet is made in Peyote stitch and decorated with tiny flowers. You will be working in odd count Peyote to add the wings and tail. The face and legs are made with simple bead techniques.
I have a collection of free tutorials that you can download if you need any technique reminders as you work. If you need it, you can find the odd count Peyote tutorial here.
I have designed my beaded Easter chick using mostly size 8 seed beads. As a result, you should find this project very nice to bead. I actually used PRECIOSA brand rocailles for the chick’s body. You may want to bear this in mind as different brands of seed beads are slightly different in size. (Find out more about that here). However, I do think this should work with different brands of size 8, so feel free to experiment. Finally, for the remaining materials, try to keep all your size 11 beads in the same brand as one another.
You can personalise your little chick by choosing your own bonnet colour and decoration. Lastly, a note on timing. If you are happy with the techniques, you should be able to make a chick in an afternoon. So, these make great gifts for friends and family. If you need more beaded Easter project inspiration, then I have made some suggestions below.