Beaded Ornament Covers - The Strata Series by Karen DeSousa
Beaded Ornament Covers - The Strata Series by Karen DeSousa



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Beaded Ornament Covers ~ The Strata Series by Karen DeSousa

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About the book:

"The theme of this book would have to be layers.  Layers of beads, layers of ornaments, layers of color.  The Vivaldi is front and center this year.  Thinks of it as a great starting point for your imagination.  I can just see an "Under the Sea" version with fishes and shells, or an "Ivy Cottage" version with flowers and leaves.  With all the great square beads out there, maybe even a "Roman Arches" architectural version.  Patriot lovers, the Americana was designed for you.  It's a parade all by itself.

I also spent this year thinking about size.  There are so many different sized ornaments out there that the notion of a standard sized ornament is fast disappearing.  I still designed everything to fit the 2.5" - 2 5/8" ornament, but then I started playing around with the possibilities.  What was once a single ornament, now has become a Double Decker.  And if you can make a Double Decker, why not a Triple Decker?  The possibilities are endless.  Especially now that they make ornaments that range in size from a marble to a softball.  I've tried to design patterns that are easy to adjust for any size ornament so look for these design hints as you go.  And what about shape?  Not all ornaments are round anymore.  Those pretty teardrop ornaments deserve a little attention too, so read through the Pineapple Lace pattern to see how you can make teardrops work.

If the Pineapple Lace pattern makes you think of Grandma's doilies, then the Whirl-a-gig should make you think of outer space or carnival rides.  This is a simple netted ornament that incorporates jewelry findings for an out-of this world look.  Don't you just love the space age bead cap dangles?

Finally, there is the Snowman.  This sweet, goofy-faced fellow is sure to garner smiles around the holidays.  But don't let the grin fool you.  Use orange crystals and lose a few teeth and he could be a scary Halloween pumpkin man.  Peyote ears and wire whiskers will give you an Easter Bunny.  Use red crystals, add a beaded beard and a peyote stocking cap and you've got yourself a Santa.  May all your holidays be beaded!

-Karen DeSousa

Softcover; Full Color; 31 pages
Book size: 8 1/2  x 11 inches

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