Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Festival of Trees

A group of us got together the other day to make a few of these beaded trees...


They're actually brooches and built around a pin back...but it doesn't have to be.

My friend Maureen is making one to put on a crazy quilt Christmas stocking that she's making...



The pattern is a free download on the Bead and Button website if you are a registered member on their website.


They're really sweet and only take a couple of hours to make. We did make a few modifications to the original pattern...instead of making all those little rings of tiny "ornaments" which take forever, we just used size 6 degree seed beads placed randomly on the wire instead.



I also drafted a "cheat sheet" that we used to help speed up the process...I'm happy to email it to you if you plan to make some for yourself.

Have a great day!

39 comments:

Wendy said...

Wow! These Christmas trees are fab! They look so pretty.

Gerry Krueger said...

Me Me Me for the cheat sheet... These would make great ornaments... Ger

LindaSonia said...

Please email me a cheat sheet. These look adorable!! Thanks for sharing! LindaSonia (baddabinda@yahoo.com)

Evelyn and Lise said...

would love a cheat sheet!!! So cute. The grandchildren would love them. Thanks Lise

Evelyn and Lise said...

would love a cheat sheet!!! So cute. The grandchildren would love them. Thanks Lise

Tina said...

I love the trees, they are fabulous-

Radka said...

They are beautiful and different:))

lindaschiffer said...

What pretty pins! Thanks for sharing them - and I would like a copy of the 'cheat' sheet. I want to make some of these.

:) Linda

Charlene said...

Wow! I can't wait to make some!! They are beautiful. You are so sweet for sharing. Please email me the cheat sheet too! I LOVE your blog...you are a very talented lady!!

Charlene (PlainChar@aol.com)

Catherine said...

Your Christmas Trees are wonderful!! I love how you have them sitting on the spools of thread!

Jenni said...
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Jenni said...

Susan, I have been inspired by your work shown on your blog to begin some beading.
Please could I have a cheat sheet for this.
Thank you so much for all that you share.

Rachel said...

They look fabulous!

BeasleyBGB @ AOL.com said...

Your trees are beautiful! Can you e-mail me the "cheat" sheet also?

BeasleyBGB@AOL.Com

Anonymous said...

See what I mean.....there is something new to learn from you every time I visit your blog. Please add me to the list of 'cheaters'. Your trees look especially sweet in the spool bases. I can see them gracing a little Christmas village.
Andrea
adayinthegarden@comcast.net

Ingrid Mida said...

Dear Susan,
You have some talented friends!!! Did I tell you that I tried to make a beaded flower about a month ago? It was so sad that I figured I should stick to the stuff I do best. But I so admire your handwork and just cannot help but love all that you do.

Vicky~ stichr ~ said...

8798....oh sorry, the cat walked across the keyboard....i can see steph and i doing this, i will have to brooch the subject to her, maybe we can branch out and make them bigger...

Robin said...

Hi Susan,

I would be honored to receive your "Cheat Sheet." My email is: creativecats@comcast.net

Thanks, Robin

katica said...

These are fantastic! I've already gone and registered to get the pattern I would love to get the cheat sheet as well please.

Createology said...

I love your little beaded tree pins. They are so fun. Happy Holly Jolly Joy...

Sue said...

Beautiful, and me for the cheat sheet please. Will send you a picture when I have stitch the tree. I have beaded a tree already a picture is on my stitch fingers account. Thanks sue

Anonymous said...

I would love to have the cheat sheet also. I can see these as free standing trees or ornaments on a tree.
How cute.
Gator4bskt25@gmail.com
Jan

Stitching With Kittens said...

Please add me to your list for a "cheat sheet." These look like such fun, and our EGA chapter is always looking for something different to do.

éoline said...

BRAVO!
Your X-mas trees are lovely!
I'd be glad to receive your "cheat sheet"!

Karla Hartzog said...

Adorable! I would love to have a cheat sheet, too! I am just beginning beadweaving. Thank you! khartzog@hotmail.com

Vicky said...

oh please a cheat sheet! these are wonderful!
thanks so much
Vicky
felixsylvester@earthlink.net

Erin said...

Those are great! I can't wait to try it. I would very much appreciate the cheat sheet. erinmarie AT rocketmail DOT com

Linda H said...

Susan, these trees are so darn cute! I'd love the cheat sheet too, please.

Diane Lithgow said...

i love the beaded tree and did look at it on the B&b site but thought did not have time. please email me the cheat sheet to dl@stratfordhigh.school.nz
love your work.
diane

Denise said...

I would love a cheat sheet for the trees- they are so cute! I really really love your blog by the way!
Cheers, Denise
smeatondenise at hotmail dot com
thanks!!!

Dawn said...

Would you please e-mail me a cheat sheet? I'm at dawnpatterson1@verizon.net

NCPat said...

I would love the cheat sheet! Very clever! (ndleartnut@aol.com)

Anonymous said...

I would love to have a cheat sheet! Fun for girlfriends to make when meeting for a Christmas get together - well, maybe...if we work while we talk. Thank you

Joan said...

Thanks so much for such a "beady" inspiration! Please email me your cheat sheet. jcsews52@gmail.com

Marilyn W said...

Please email it to me. I make Christmas ornaments for each of my bunco group members as a December happy. This will be awesome for next year!

Thanks.

Marilyn
marilynjw1971@gmail.com

sudukc said...

Please email me your cheat sheet for the trees...I love these...thanks sue
sudu@kc.rr.com

vicki said...

These are the cutest things yet! What will you think of next!!! Is it too late for me to have the directions? You have me email right?

Vicki

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog. What fun! I'd truly appreciate receiving the 'cheat sheet' for the beaded Christmas tree. Just darling. I would like to make these and donate them to the senior center.
Thank you -- Bobbie
bobbiejess@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

I would LOVE a cheat sheet! I've been trying to make a tree like this for a few days with little luck. Jollykristenm@gmail.com

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