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Small cups

These can be made in different sizes and piled inside each other, or stitched together back to back. You can sew a larger bead or small blackberry inside the cup. A string of them can make a ruff around the neck of a tassel, or they can hang informally down a string of beads on the skirt.

The cups look best when they are made using small beads, either cylinder beads or size 12 or 14 seed beads; they are rather crude-looking made with anything larger.

Method (small cup)

Thread 5 beads, make a ring, and go through the ring again, slipping forward through a couple of beads Leave a 6-inch tail to sew the cup to the tassel. Then, slip forward 1 bead at the end of every following round. 1 st round. Add 1 bead through each bead. 2nd round. Add 2 beads through each bead.(10 beads) 3rd. 4th, and 5th rounds. Thread 1 bead through each bead. Finish the sewing thread off.

Method (larger cup)

Thread 5 beads, make a ring, and go through the ring again, slipping forward through a couple of beads. Leave a 6-inch tail to sew the cup to the tassel.

Slip forward 1 bead at the end of every following round. 1st round. Add 1 bead through each bead.

2nd round. Add 2 beads through each bead. (10 beads)

3rd round Add 1 bead through each bead.

4th round. Add (1 bead in the first space and 2 beads in the next space). Repeat ( ) to end of the round. (15 beads) 5th, 6th, and 7th rounds. Add 1 bead in every space.

Finish the sewing thread off. PATTERNS

Horizontal stripes: Change the color of the beads every 2 rows. Spiral: Thread 5 beads in color a. make a ring and go through the ring again, slipping forward through a couple of beads. Leave a 6-inch tail to sew the cup to the tassel.

Then slip forward 1 bead at the end of every following round. 1st round. Add 1 color A bead through each bead. 2nd round. Add (1A and IB) in the next space. Repeat ( ) until the end of the round.

3rd and 4th rounds. Add (1A in first space, IB in next space) Repeat ( ). 5th, 6th and 7th rounds. Add IA in the next space. IB in the next, and 1A in the next. Repeat ( ). Flower: This pattern uses 3 colors and gives a slightly wider shape. Thread 5 beads (color A), make a ring and go through the ring again, slipping through a couple of beads. Then slip forward 1 bead at the end of every following round. 1st round. Add 1 bead (color A) through each bead. 2nd round. Add 2 beads (color B) through each bead. (10 beads).

3rd round Add I bead (color B) through the next bead, then 1 bead (color A) through the next bead Repeat to end of the round 4th round Add 1 bead (color B) through each bead. 5th round Add 1 bead (color A) through the first bead. 2 beads (color B) through next bead Repeat to end. (15 beads] 6th round Thread I bead (color A)

through each bead 7th round. Thread 1 bead (color A)

through each bead 8th round. Thread 1 bead (color A). 1 bead (color A), 1 bead (color B). Repeat to end of round.

Making small and large cups (the small one fits inside the larger).

Black flower tassel

This tassel with a flower-patterned netted skirt is added onto a painted mold and decorated with flat braids and small cups. There are two petticoats, which give a nice density to the skirt and show off the pattern. 1 used black cylinder beads for the two petticoats, and warm silver cylinder beads with gold and lavender small triangles for the flower pattern and the narrow braids. Large matching triangles are sewn to the center of the cups.

You will need to choose a very simple shape for the wooden mold, because the braids will not go in and out over a more complex one

Start with the under petticoat and then add the middle one, and finally add the overskirt, in that order, so that you are always working on the top.

Materials seed or cylinder beads, mainly one color but contrasting color for flower pattern larger beads, triangular or round, for flower centers 7 larger beads, for the centers of cups around the neck a wooden tassel mold

Method

Thread enough beads on a very long thread to go around the neck of the tassel. The number of beads must be divisible by 4 so that you can hang the netting on it.

Take the thread through the beads again to make a ring and tie the ends tightly together

Cord: Make two short fine cords and pull them through the mold, knotting them

Black flower tassel with clusters of small cups (5 inches).

together at the base. Glue the knot in. pulling it up slightly into the hole. Central drop: If you wish to include this, make four 2-bead peyote braids about 4 inches long, and sew them to the knot before you glue the cord in. Under petticoat: Work I row of 5-bead netting into every fourth bead. Use a single color bead but. to make the netting easier, you could use a bead with a different texture as the spot bead.

Change to a 7-bead net and work until the skirt is long enough—two or three times as long as the mold. Middle petticoat: Starting on the fifth row of the under petticoat, work 9-bead netting until it is as long as the under petticoat.

Overskirt: Work a 9-bead netting with a flower pattern into every fourth bead of the original string around the neck, following the chart pattern given on page 116 Use downer beads in between those that you used for the under petticoat.

Work 4 rows, and then change to an 11-bead net. Continue until the overskirt is the same length as the petticoats. Braids: Work a 2-bead peyote braid—or any narrow flat braid—until it is long enough to go up the skirt, over the mold, through the cords and down the other side. Make another braid to match

Sew the braids to the neck of the mold by threading through 2 beads of the braid, adding 7 or 8 beads, threading through 2 beads of the next braid, adding

Black flower tassel with clusters of small cups (5 inches).

7 or 8 beads, and so on until you come back to the beginning. Knot the ends of the thread tightly, pulling hard

The 7 or 8 beads you have picked up act as "spacers"—to keep the braids in place, pulling the braid into the neck

Decorate the braids with picots. using the small triangle beads in every fourth bead on each side. Finishing the cord: Make a 2-bead pey-ote braid long enough to circle the cords tightly, and join them together. Pull the ring down the cord to the top of the mold and finish the thread off by sewing back and forth through the cord and the ring of beads.

Small cups on hanging braids: Make the small cups as given on page 113 and attach them to the base of the long braids, two to each braid. Sew a large bead into the center as you do this.

Add 3 or 4 more large triangles on each side of the braid, to look like flower buds. Fringe: Add fringe to the points of both petticoats and the overskirt. following the diagram and using both sizes of triangle beads, with 4 seed or cylinder beads on each side.

Central drop: Decorate the bottom of each braid with 2 cups on each one and extra-large triangles, the same as the hanging braids.

Flower pattern tor the netted skirt, loop on the last row of netting, and narrow braid with cups and triangle beads.

Cubes and squares

Because so many shapes connected with beads and tassels are rounded, it is quite a relief to introduce some shapes with points and straight sides. Cubed beads, square pieces or dice from discarded games, and cubes or rectangles cut from wood or firm erasers can all be covered with peyote stitch, brick or square stitch, and used as tassel heads or to decorate skirts or fringes. However, by far the most convenient material to cover is thick card cut into /¿-inch or larger squares or rectangles. Thicker shapes or cubes can be made by gluing the squares or rectangles together Triangles can be covered with brick stitch—make the triangle first and then cut the card to fit it.

The strips are a bit small for complex patterns, but you can use any of the color mixing patterns on page 16 When covered with beads the shapes are much larger. so make allowances for this

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