Christmas in a spin

Beaded Christmas decorations

Every year I make some decorations for my tree and this year I’m making a few of these seed bead and pearl decorations to match my current colour scheme.

Christmas bead spirals
Christmas bead decorations

These designs are from my book Simply Sparkling Christmas Beading and are very easy to make. The delica spiral is worked on a bead loom using 0.4mm wire instead of warp threads with 0.2mm wire to weave across. The pearl spiral uses a thicker  0.7mm wire with bell cone findings to hide the ends.

  • Begin in the middle of the wire warps and shade the beads gradually
  • Shape the end by shortening the rows by one bead at a time
  • Turn the loom round to complete the other end
  • Make a hanging loop with delicas and sew in the wire tails
  • Wrap the beading around a wooden spoon to shape



  1. Lovely Dorothy x

    1. Dorothy Wood says:

      Thanks Joanne – I’m keeping delving into past designs! The internet wasn’t so all invading then…

  2. Sylvia says:

    Beautiful ornaments. I don’t have a loom, but I’d like to try the other one with pearls. Is the 3-hole bridge used for structural reasons, or style/aesthetics?
    Thank you!

    1. Dorothy Wood says:

      HI apologies for the delay in replying – I couldn’t find where the message had come in! The 3 hole bridges are for structural reasons – they hold the three strands of beaded wires in place!

      1. Sylvia says:

        Thanks, that makes sense!

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