For this pattern I have used polystyrene eggs as you can use pins to pull your beading down over the egg as you go. This helps to create a nice tight net of beads and it will make life much easier if you are relatively new to beading. However you could use a wooden egg or a real egg that has been blown – it is entirely up to you.
Please bear in mind that you may need to adjust these instructions slightly to get the best fit for your egg as the pattern is dependent on both the size of egg you use and the size of the beads.
In the photo above you can see 3 beaded eggs. The main instructions I am giving here are for the lilac egg. This is covered with a combination of beaded netting and square stitch. The green egg was my prototype and is very similar to the lilac one except that the square stitch has been used on every other block of pattern.
The yellow egg follows the same principle except that the square stitch has been omitted entirely. These beaded eggs illustrate the different effects you can get from varying the same basic pattern and I encourage you to have a go at your own version.
Lilac beaded egg
1 polystyrene egg (or egg of your choice)- I have painted mine first using ordinary household acrylic paint from a match pot (like you get in the DIY shop)approx. 10g size 11/0 seed beads in colour
A) Approx. 10g size 11/0 seed beads in colour
B) approx. 10g size 8/0 seed beads in colour
C)suitable thread such as Nymo beading needle pins (if you want to pin your beading over the egg as you go)
Step 1 Top of the beaded egg showing the netting stitch
We start at the top of the egg, see photo above.Thread on 21 size 11/0 beads in colour A, take the thread back through all the beads and tie the ends to create a firm circle of beads. Knot the 2 ends of thread and then take the needle through the next bead along so that the knot pulls inside the bead.Diagram 1, beaded egg pattern – starting netting at the top of the egg
Step 2 Thread on 5 size 11/0 colour A beads and take the needle through the 3rd bead along the circle as in fig. 2. Repeat 6 more times. When you have gone all the way round bring the needle out through bead number 3 of the first arc of beads. Now you are ready to start the next round.
Diagram 2, beaded egg pattern – continuing with the netting stitch
Step 3 Thread on 7 size 11/0 beads of colour A and take the needle through bead number 3 of the next arc on the previous row. Repeat 6 times and finish the round by bringing the needle out though bead number 4 of the first bead arc.Diagram 3, beaded egg pattern – continuing with the netting stitch
Step 4 Thread 4 size 11/0 colour A beads followed by 1 size 8/0 colour C bead and then another 4 colour A beads. Take the needle through bead 4 of the next 7 bead arc on the previous row. This round follows the same principles of the previous 2 rounds. Repeat 6 times and to finish this row bring the needle out through the size 8/0 bead.Diagram 4, beaded egg pattern – continuing with the netting stitch
Step 5 Thread 1 size 11/0 colour B bead, 1 size 8/0 colour C bead, 7 size 11/0 colour B beads, 1 size 8/0 colour C bead and 1 size 11/0 colour B bead. Take your needle through the size 8/0 bead of the next bead arc on the previous round. Repeat 6 times. To finish the round bring your needle out through the first size 8/0 bead on that row.
Diagram 5, beaded egg pattern – continuing with the netting stitch
Step 6 This row is different in that we effectively embellish the prevous round with some added square stitch. The square stitch is added to the 7 beads at the centre of each of the bead arcs on the previous row. If you are unsure how to do square stitch there is a tutorial on my site here.Once you have added the square stitch to the first set of 7 beads using the same size and colour beads you then take your needle through the sizes 8/0, 11/0, 8/0, 11/0, 8/0 beads so that the thread is in the correct position to add the next block of square stitch. Please see the diagram below:Diagram 6, beaded egg pattern – adding the square stitch
Step 7, The pattern is now set. The last 2 rows are repeated increasing the number of beads in each bead arch to fit the egg. Here is a close up of the netting and square stitch pattern: Close up of the netting and square stitch pattern. Once you have reached the widest part of the egg then the number of beads in each bead arc are decreased. The important thing to remember here is that each bead arc needs an odd number of beads for the pattern to work.
Step 8 When you get near to the point of the egg finish the netting in a similar way in which you began the egg cover at the top, obviously decreasing the number of beads in each bead arc this time!
Step 9 Finally you need to add a hanging loop. I make a wire wrapped loop and glue it in the top with G-S Hypo Cement (or any other suitable glue). If you don’t know how to make a warped loop I will be adding a tutorial soon.