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A Crafty Way To Show Your Love For The USA

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  • How to bead a picture. Beaded American Flag - Step 1
    Step 1

    Gather a wooden rod, plenty of red, white and blue beads, upholstery thread or heavy duty twine and a plastic yarn needle or a regular needle.

  • How to bead a picture. Beaded American Flag - Step 2
    Step 2

    Unravel about a yard and a half of the twine or thread. Tape one end down leaving about six inches of thread on the left hand side.

  • How to bead a picture. Beaded American Flag - Step 3
    Step 3

    String your beads on in this pattern-Red,red,red, White,white,white x3
    Blue x21
    You should have an approximate total of 39 beads when you are finished.

  • How to bead a picture. Beaded American Flag - Step 4
    Step 4

    Take your wooden or metal rod and slide it through every other bead from right to left. Both the first red bead and last blue bead should be on the rod. We will call the beads on the rod row one and the beads not on the rod row two.

  • How to bead a picture. Beaded American Flag - Step 5
    Step 5

    If you do have endcaps that fit on your rod slip them on and tape the rod down to your flat surface. (Pretend it has the right ammount of beads on it)

  • How to bead a picture. Beaded American Flag - Step 6
    Step 6

    1. String a new blue bead on to your string.
    2. Slip your needle through the second to last blue bead in row 2.
    3. String a white bead on and pull your needle through the next bead in row 2.
    4. Continue with the sequence blue, white, blue until you come to the first white bead.
    5. Slip the needle through the white bead in row two but do not add a bead.

  • How to bead a picture. Beaded American Flag - Step 7
    Step 7

    Add a new white bead and slip needle through next bead in row two. Continue in the same fashion as the blue and white beads but the pattern is now white, red,red, white. Continue this way until you come to the first RED bead.

  • How to bead a picture. Beaded American Flag - Step 8
    Step 8

    Take the six inches you left on the left hand side of the tape and tie it to the thread on the needle using a square knot. Add glue to knot for extra security. YOU HAVE NOW FINISHED ROW THREE!!!

  • How to bead a picture. Beaded American Flag - Step 9
    Step 9

    Slide needle back through first red bead on row three, add a red bead on to the string. You get the picture, same procedure. But now the pattern is Red, white,white, red. Continue until you get to the blue beads.

  • How to bead a picture. Beaded American Flag - Step 10
    Step 10

    In the blue section all beads are white. Continue till the end of row four.

  • How to bead a picture. Beaded American Flag - Step 11
    Step 11

    At the end of this row there is no fancy procedure. Just add a blue bead and loop the needle through the last white bead in row four. Kindalike step the pattern is once again blue,white, blue. Continue until you reach the reds and whites.

  • How to bead a picture. Beaded American Flag - Step 12
    Step 12

    Do I really still need to tell you how to do the red and white beads. NO, Ok.

  • Step 13

    At the end of Row Five Right?, Do the normal procedure add the last bead slide the needle up through the first bead in row four but this time bring the needle back down through the strings where we made the square knot. Then slide theneedle back through the first red bead in row five and continue the pattern. You're on your way to the end of row six!

  • How to bead a picture. Beaded American Flag - Step 14
    Step 14

    Do you see the pretty Stars!!!

  • How to bead a picture. Beaded American Flag - Step 15
    Step 15

    Well, now that I've taught you all the basics I'm gonna give you a review and set you loose. The pattern for blue goes Seventh row all blue, next row blue,white,blue, third row all white and repeat for all rows for quite some time. Soon You'll be Where I am!!!

  • How to bead a picture. Beaded American Flag - Step 16
    Step 16

    Once you're done with row thirty nine (which means you have 36 stars) you're done with the blues. AT LAST!!!!!

  • Step 17

    Back and Forth Back And Forth Red WHite White. White Red Red!!!!

  • How to bead a picture. Beaded American Flag - Step 18
    Step 18

    FInally you're DONE!!! 83 rows wasn't too hard was it!! Ok I know what you're thinking "What? You're Not Telling Us How To Finish It!!!" Well Never Fear I'm going to tell you. To create the end knot repeat step 13 but do knot (Ha Ha get my pun) add another bead. Simply slip it through the thread from the previous row and tie a normal knot twice and add glue for extra security. VOILA YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL NEW BEADED AMERICAN FLAG!!!

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Lani Azura
Lani Azura · 20 projects
You can always flip it over so the blue is on the right ut I'm sure altering the pattern wouldn't hurt it a bit. I never considered doing that though so I might do it when I have to make another one for a present.
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TK Rainy
TK Rainy · Kennewick, Washington, US · 19 projects
The blue part is supposed to be on the left, does it look okay on the other side? Or all messy?

That's a lot of work, it looks nice.
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