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10 grams Japanese tubular beads, matte metallic silver-gray, Delica #307 10 grams Japanese tubular beads, matte dark g.-ay, Delica #306 10 grams Japanese tubular beads, transparent silver-gray luster, Delica #114 7 grams Japanese tubular beads, transparent gray iris, Delica #107 4 grams Japanese tubular beads.

Ceylon gray. Delica #252 4 grams Japanese tubular beads, Ceylon light yellow. Delica #203

Ten metallic dark gray seed beads, size 6°

Two concave bicone silver beads

Eight crystal chips

One '/2" silver rose bead

Black nylon beading thread, size D

12" x 12* medium gray felt

Thin 12" x 12" gray leather

Two beading needles, size »10

One sturdy sewing needle

Tracing paper

Glue

Scissors

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To do the backstitch, thread the needle with the desired length of thread and tie a knot at the end. PNUT fabric from the back side and string three beads at a time. PNDT fabric at the edge of the last bead. PNUT fabric and PNBT the last bead. See Fig. 1. When you come to a tight curve or small space, use one or two beads at a time instead of three.

Using the Line Chart, trace the outline design of the elephants onto tracing paper and pin the tracing paper onto the felt. Use a thick needle to make pinholes along the out lines. Don't make the holes too close together or the tracing paper will fall apart. Go over these holes with chalk or watercolors. This should go through the holes and onto the felt. Remove the tracing paper and draw along the dotted lines with a fabric pencil to make them more permanent.

Backstitch along the outlines with the dark gray beads, but do not outline the tusks. The tusks are embroidered with the Ceylon light yellow beads. Starting with the top of a tusk, keep your rows of beads perpendicular to the edges of the tusks. Curve the lines a bit to give the tusks a cylindrical look. Wait to do the eyes until you are embroidering the heads of the elephants.

Using the color chart as a guide, fill in all areas with the backstitch. Keep your rows fairly perpendicular to the edges of the areas. Start with the bottom of the legs of the front elephant and work your way up. Then do the trunk and head. Follow the curves of the tusks for three rows above the tusks to give an appearance that the tusks are under the skin. Do the ears by lining up the rows with the ear ruffle outlines. Next, start with the trunk of a side elephant and work your way up. Then do the other side elephant.

When you are finished, cut the felt around the elephants, leaving a W edge. Fold the edge to the back of the design so you can't see it from the front and glue in place. Gluing felt onto felt can be tricky if you don't have good, strong glue. You might want to use a glue gun for this. Next, glue the elephants onto the leather. When the glue is dry, cut the leather as close as you can get around the elephant design with a pair of scissors, leaving a '/2* leather tab at each end. See Fig. 2. Fold the tabs in half to the front of the work and glue in place. See Fig. 3. When the glue is dry. punch a small hole into the center of the tabs with a sturdy needle 'A" from the top.

Take a length of thread about 3' long and thread each end with a beading needle. Pull one needle through the hole in the leather tab. Position the leather tab to the middle of the thread. Tie a sguare knot above the tab. Using both needles, string three metallic beads size 6", one silver bicone bead, and two metallic beads size 6°. Separate the needles and on each needle string eight matte metallic silver-gray beads. Next, using both needles, string one crystal chip. *()n one needle. string eight transparent gray iris. Do the same with the other needle. Then, using both needles at the same time, string on one crystal chip. Repeat from the asterisk using eight transparent silver-gray luster beads. Repeat again using eight Ceylon gray beads. Next, on one needle, string one Ceylon gray bead, Ave transparent silver-gray luster beads, five transparent gray iris beads, five matte metallic silver-gray beads, Ave transparent gray iris beads, five transparent silver-gray luster beads, and one Ceylon gray bead. Take the other needle and PNBT the beads in the opposite direction, forming a loop. Pull tight and tie the threads with a surgeon's knot. Hide excess threads down through the beads and cut.

Repeat this design on the other side, but don't form the loop. Instead, secure a '/2" silver rose bead right after the last crystal chip. Hide excess thread back down through beads jQQQC

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