Welcome to the beaded sea star pattern instructions! This pattern was generously created and donated to all of us by our fellow beader Alexargai. If you have any difficulty following this tutorial, please post a comment at the bottom of the page, and I'll do my best to help, or if I am unable, I will inform Alexargai of the difficulty. Alexargai is an avid beader and posts many beading patterns on her pattern website, so have a visit!
Before you begin ...
Materials: 2 pieces 1 meter each of fishing line or thread; size 11/0 (medium) seed beads of one color, size 15/0 (small) seed beads of another color, 1 wooden bead approx. 10 mm in diameter
Time required: 1 hour
Techniques: Beadweaving, peyote stitch
Difficulty: Fairly easy
Step 1: I shall refer to the size 11/0 seed beads as the black beads, and the size 15/0 seed beads as the orange beads, according to the pattern's use of colors as shown. Recall that size 11/0 seed beads are slightly larger than size 15/0 seed beads. Thread 5 black seed beads onto your string, and thread back out through the first bead added.
Step 2: Insert a new black bead between each two black beads added in Step 1. In other words, this is done in the style of peyote stitch. Thread back out through the first black bead added in this step of the sea star pattern.
Step 3: Insert two new black beads between each two black beads added in Step 2. Thread back out of the first new bead added in this step of the beaded sea star.
Step 4: With the thread coming out of the first of the pair of two beads added in Step 3, thread 2 new black beads, and thread back down through the 2nd bead of the pair. Then, add 1 red bead, then thread through the 3rd bead added in Step 3 (ie, the first bead of the 2nd pair).
Step 5: Continue like that all around the row. Examine the picture carefully and you will see that you end up with the pairs of new black beads right above the pairs of black beads added in the previous row, and you end up with 1 red bead between each pair of black beads. When you're done surrounding the row of beads, thread back out of the first bead that was added in this row of beads.
Step 6: With the string coming out of the first bead in the row (the first bead of a pair), add 2 new black beads, then thread back down through the 2nd bead of the pair. Then add 1 new red bead, and then thread down through the existing red bead of the previous row. Then, add 1 more new red bead, and then thread through the first black bead of the next pair, and repeat.
Step 7: Continue beading like this all around this row. Then thread back out of the first bead added in this row of beads.
Step 8: Continue beading in the same manner for two additional rows of the beaded sea star.
Step 9: For one final row, bead in the same manner, except that instead of inserting 2 new black beads between the 2 black beads of each pair from the previous row, insert only 1 new black bead there. The purpose of this is to create a peak at the ends of each of the sea star's fins. Finish the entire row like this.
Step 10: Now leave that piece and make another one identical to it (from scratch, with the second piece of fishing line). Basically, repeat steps 1 to 9. Now insert the wooden bead between your two pieces, and weave them together at the seams. What you can do is weave them via right angle weave, adding a new row of red beads all around at the seam where the two pieces meet. Weave around the beads that are forming two rows at the seams, and add a new row of beads between those two rows using right angle weave. The row you insert here should have the beads in a perpendicular direction to the beads at the edge of your two pieces.
Beaded Sea Star: You're done! Now make a collection and put them in your fish tank!
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