Saturday, April 7, 2012

Glistening Garland

Glistening garland is a wonderful Christmas decoration to add to all your treasured keepsakes you put up every year. It is a bit time consuming to make, especially when you create unique bead patterns and hand sew all those little tiny beads, but you will be glad you took the time to do it, every time you deck the halls and sing your favorite Christmas songs.  As you can see from the picture, I’m still sewing on my beads in this piece. It’s only Easter, after all. I still have plenty of time to finish it.

This is M. J. wishing you all only good things, and a very Happy Easter!

You Will Need
Size 10 Steel Crochet Hook
Size 10 Doily Thread – Doily Thread (I used leftovers from previous projects
Tiny Glass Beads
Bead Needle

Foundation Row:  Using Color A, make a long chain; single crochet in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across
Step 1:  Chain 7 (counts as 1st triple + chain 2), triple crochet in same space
Step 2:  Skip next stitch; make V-stitch (1 triple, chain 2, 1 triple) in next stitch
{Repeat Step 2 across row, ending with a V-stitch in last stitch. It’s garland, good people – fuller is better.}
Break off Color A

Step 3:  Join Color B to 1st chain 2 space on either end; chain 1, single crochet in same space
Step 4:  Chain 7, sc in next chain 2 space
{Repeat Step 4 across row, turn}
Repeat Step 4 at least 2 more times – more if you want, depending on personal preference.
Step 5:  Chain 1, turn, single crochet 7 time in each chain 7 loop and 1 time in single crochet between loops across row.
Step 6:  Finish off. Weave in loose ends.
Step 7:  Sew on beads. 

Note:  I chose to alternate green and red beads on the arches, placing clear beads in the points.  My bead pattern was as follows
4 red and green beads sewn at beginning, middle and end of arches, with 3 stitches
This bead pattern creates 3 small loops of red and green beads, with one clear bead between them.
Please, set your creativity free when sewing your beads. Determine how thick you want your bead border, and if you want beads anywhere else on the garland. It takes time and patience to sew all these tiny beads in place, but you will end up with a treasured glistening garland that can be handed down for generations if you do.

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