Chinese Lantern Pattern By Allegra

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The beaded Chinese lantern by Allegra

Before you begin ...
Materials:
1 yard/meter fishing line
60 main color beads (green in our pattern)
36 complimentary colored beads (orange in our pattern)
Optional:
Embroidery floss to make tassels at the bottom
10-15 smaller beads to match our complimentary color for loop at the top
Random beads to sew on lantern for decoration, we used stars and flowers.
Time required: 1 to 1.5 hours
Techniques: Beadweaving, right angle weave
Difficulty: Easy


Step 1

Step 1: We will be working facing the hollow of our pattern so you should be seeing your edges get taller as we work.
In our first step, we will create the top of our lantern.
In the pattern we are using orange but you can use any color for this step as long as it is different from our main color.
Add 6 orange beads to your blue thread and cross bead 6 with your black thread.
Add beads 7-9 to your blue thread.
Cross you black thread through bead 9, then add beads 10 and 11.
Pass your blue thread through bead 5, cross bead 11 and then add beads 12 and 13.
Pass your black thread through bead 4, cross bead 13, then add beads 14 and 15.
Pass your blue thread through bead 3, cross bead 15 then add beads 16 and 17.
Pass your black thread through bead 2, cross bead 17 then add bead 18.
Pass your blue thread through bead 1 then 7 and cross bead 18.


Step 2

Step 2: We are going to add our first layer of green beads, or what ever color you picked for the main color of your lantern, in this step.
We will start by adding beads 19-23 to our blue thread.
Cross bead 23 with your black thread and ad beads 24-27.
Pass your blue thread through bead 8, cross bead 27 then add beads 28-31.
Pass your black thread through bead 10, cross bead 31 then add beads 32-35.
Pass your blue thread through bead 12, cross bead 35 and add beads 36-39.
Pass your black thread through bead 14, cross bead 39 and add bead 40.
Pass your blue thread through beads 16 and 19 then add beads 41 and 42.
Cross your black thread through bead 42.


Step 3

Step 3: We are going to change things up a bit in this step.
To give the lantern a nice, round middle, we are going to be alternating circles of 4 beads with circles of 6 beads.
We will start with a four bead circle.
Add beads 43-45 to your blue thread.
Cross your black thread through bead 45 and add beads 46-48.
Pass your blue thread through beads 41 and 20, cross bead 48 and add beads 49 and 50.
Pass your black thread through bead 21, cross bead 50 and then add beads 51-53.
Pass your blue thread through beads 22 and 24, cross bead 53 and then add beads 54 and 55.
Pass your black thread through bead 25, cross bead 55 and add beads 56-58.
Pass your blue thread through beads 26 and 28, cross bead 58 and then add beads 59 and 60.
Pass your black thread through bead 29, cross bead 60 and then add 61-63.
Pass your blue thread through beads 30 and 32, cross 63 and add 64 and 65.
Pass your black thread through bead 33, cross bead 65 and add beads 66-68.
Pass your blue thread through beads 34 and 36, cross bead 68 and add beads 69 and 70.
Pass your black thread through bead 37, cross through bead 70.
Pass your blue thread through beads 38, 40 and 43, then add beads 71 and 72.
Cross your black thread through bead 72 and we are done with the middle of our lantern.


Step 4

Step 4: This step, we will begin working inward on our lantern to get ready to close the bottom of the lantern. Lets talk about how this diagram looks first. The super light beads are what we are looking at as we look into the hollow of our lantern. The green beads that are medium in darkness and still have numbers showing are the beads that are here from our previous step that we will be using, along with the dark, new beads. We are going to go back to making six circles of six beads so we will be using 3 beads that are already in the lantern for each of these circles. We will also be adding orange beads to start the base of the bottom of our lantern.

We will start by adding green bead 73, orange bead 74 and green bead 75 to our black thread.
Pass your blue thread through bead 69 and 67, cross green bead 75, then add orange bead 76 and green bead 77.
Pass your black thread through beads 66, 64 and 62, cross bead 77 and then add orange bead 78 and green bead 79.
Pass your blue thread through beads 61, 59 and 57, cross bead 79 then add orange bead 80 and green bead 81.
Pass your black thread through beads 56, 54 and 52, cross bead 81 and then add orange bead 82 and green bead 83.
Pass your blue thread through beads 51, 49 and 47, cross bead 83 and add orange bead 84 and pass through bead 73.
Pass your black thread through beads 46, 44 and 71, then cross bead 73.


Step 5

Step 5: In this step, we will be adding the last of our orange beads and closing up the bottom of the lantern so it will look identical to our top. This step should be pretty easy as we will only be adding to our orange beads.
First we will add 85-87 to our black thread.
Cross your blue thread through bead 87 and add beads 88 and 89.
Pass your black thread through bead 74, cross bead 89 and add beads 90 and 91.
Pass your blue thread through 76, cross bead 91 and add beads 92 and 93.
Pass your black thread through bead 78, cross bead 93 then add beads 94 and 95.
Pass your blue thread through beads 80, cross bead 95 and add bead 96.
Pass your black thread through beads 82 and 85 then cross bead 96.
The very last thing we need to do is circle through the bottom six beads to make them tight before we tie off our line. I used the blue thread for the purpose of this diagram but you can use black or both if you like.
So take your blue thread and pass through beads 86, 88, 90, 92, 94 and back through your starting bead, 96. Pull tight, tie off and you are done!

Optional: To finish your lantern, you have a few choices. To put a loop of beads on the top, thread a needle comming out one orange bead, add your desired amount of beads, one size smaller looks good, and thread back into the bead opposite of the one you came out so you have 3 beads on each side of the loop. Then just circle through a few beads and tie off. You can also thread a piece of floss through to create a handle if you don't want to use beads. To add the tassels at the bottom, use embroidery floss like you'd use for friendship bracelets or cross stitch. String 3 pieces through the holes left by the voids between so you end up with with one piece coming out beside each bead because there are two ends to every string. Then tie knots on the ends and unroll the embroidery floss to make the ends of it puffy. To add the bead embellishment, simply sew on beads of your choice to the biggest circle, step 3 where we did circles of 4 and 6 in the same row, weaving your thread in to secure the beads where you want them. That's it! Your done! Your last step is to post a picture in our forum so we can admire your beaded lantern!

 
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