Level: All Levels
Estimated time: 3-4 Hours

Foxtrot


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By Linnea Lortsher

Graceful and rhythmic, the Foxtrot is what we think of when we imagine ballroom dancing. The couple must time their slow and quick steps together flawlessly, creating a flowing silhouette across the dance floor. Our Foxtrot earrings harmonize burnished golds and bronze with the elegance of deep blues and greens.

In the tradition of some of the earliest Beadshop projects, we chose to release The Dancer as a video-only tutorial, with no accompanying handout. We felt that this project was easiest to demonstrate “in person” and that photos wouldn’t be as direct. We know that your time is valuable, so we kept the video short, under 20 minutes. We also wanted to make this project fast and easy for you, so we put together kits including all the beads and findings you need for one pair, including mini-tubes of seed beads with just enough beads for an extra pair of earrings (extra findings not included). Still, we understand that some beaders prefer to choose their own colors. With that in mind, here is the “Project Recipe” for The Dancer Earrings, so you can choreograph your own creations. Find the step by step video by clicking on the “Video” tab above, and have fun!

You will need:

2 toggle loop components
2 ear wires
1 tube 8/0 seed beads
1 tube 11/0 seed beads
1 strand 3mm fire polish beads
Beading thread: We use and recommend Hana or KO Beading Thread
Size 10 or 12 Beading needle

Additional tools required: Thread Snips, Tape Measure, Chain Nose Pliers
Leafy Loop- Antique Brass
$2.25
8-401FR- Matte Black AB 8/0
$4.45
11-4202 Duracoat Galvanized Gold 11/0
$10.25
3mm- Bronze Iris
$2.95
Gold- KO Thread
$3.95
Gold Fill Earrings with 3mm Gold Fill Bead
$5.25
Size 10 4 Pack Beadsmith Seed Bead Needles
$3.95
Handy Tape
$6.95
Thread Snips
$4.95
Eurotool Chain Nose Pliers
$12.95
Project Map

This project is also available as a kit.

 

 

Phase 1: Tie beading thread onto loop component and begin circular brick stitch with 8/0 beads around toggle loop. You should have 16 beads. 

Phase 2:Begin second row with one 11/0 and one fire polish bead. Alternate between 11/0 and fire polish beads and stitch all the way around the base row. You should have 11 fire polish beads and 12 11/0 seed beads.

Phase 3: Begin with two 11/0 seed beads and then follow the pattern: One 8/0, one 11/0, one 11/0, one 8/0, one 11/0, one 11/0, repeat all the way to the end of the second row. You should have 11 8/0 seed beads.

Phase 4: [not pictured] Weave in ends, trim thread, and attach ear wire. Wear and enjoy!

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