Bead Caps

A variety of stitches equals multiple design options designed by Amy Johnson

These coin-shaped beads support the boadod bead caps well, but other shapes would also work.

Amy Johnson's earrings show that simple, beautiful design can result from utilizing more than one technique. She chose Rita Stucke's lampworked beads to make Rain Forest Earwigs using ladder stitch, herringbone, square stitch, and fringe. They are a great project for learning to stitch beads.

round: Pick up two cylinders, and sew down through the next cylinder in the previous round. Pick up a cylinder, and sew up through the next cylinder in the previous round. Repeat twice, and step up through the first cylinder in the new round (figure 2).

Round 4: Work another increase herringbone round: Pick up two cylinders, and sew down through the next cylinder in the previous round. Pick up two 15* seed heads, and sew up through the next cylinder in the previous round. Repeat twice, and step up through the first cylinder in the new round (figure 3). Round 5: Pick up two cylinders, and stepbystep

Base

[1] On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of Fireline, make a six-bead ladder (Basics, p. 87) using cylinder beads and leaving a 12-in. (30 cm) tail. Join the ladder into a ring (Basics) to form round 1.

[2] Work in herringbone stitch (Basics) as follows:

Round 2: Pick up two cylinders, and sew through the next two cylinders in the ring. Repeat twice, and step up through the first cylinder in the new round (figure 1).

Round 3: Work an increase herringbone figure 1

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