This Christmas Tree Ornament, with Beads & Sequins, is a stylized version on one of the details on one of Lady Sybil's dresses from the show Downton Abbey. I changed the colour to red and made the fringes a little more elaborate.
Click the button below for a full scale pdf image of ornament to use for tracing.
I've use a transparant red sparkle gauze with a backing layer out of Chinease red satin fabric. This maximizes the sparkle in the gauze and intensifies the red colour as well as giving a firm fabric to bead on. I love layering a transparant fabric onto an opaque one. I mix different textures and colours together.
I once layered a sequined fabric that had a transparant backing on top of a extreemly sparkly fabric of a similar color. It was lovely; the sequined fabrics look cheap sometimes. This came out looking rich with an indfinable luster from the sparlkly fabric underneath. Next time you are in a fabric store, play around with some combinations to see what you think. No one will ever have a dress with the same fabric as you when you play this way.
Trace image onto tissue paper. Place the tissue paper on the fabric and work the beading.
I've used a a string of beads & sequins along a stitching line. You can use any combingation of colours and beads to get the effect that you wish.
Create a back using the same two layers of fabric. It is your choice whether you wish to bead it to match the front. Stitch the front and back together with the right sides together leaving a 1 1/2" opening on one of the straight sides. Clip the curved edges. Turn and finger press the piece flat along the edges.Slip stitch opening closed.
Finish using 7 strands of Looped Beaded Fringe, I like using a variety of sizes and colours of beads to make it more interesting, and to give it more dimension with out making it too heavy I started attaching the beads 7/8" apart, from the centre, making sure the opposing fringes on each side look balanced.
Add a short string of beads at the top for hanging.
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