Easter is coming, so I want to share how I made this cross pendant recently. I used the brick stitch, but I’m not going to show how to brick stitch in this post. You can view that here. I will share the steps of how I made the arms, because it’s a little complicated.
You’ll need 3 different colors of seed beads and your beading thread.
Here is the pattern I created. Substitute with any color you want. I’ve made two with different colors.
1- When you get to the first row of the arm, add 2 beads at the end of the previous row, just as you would during a brick stitch.
2- Add 1 bead and pass your needle down through the end bead.
3- Pass your needle back up through the bead just added.
4- Add 1 bead and pass your needle up through the end bead.
5- This is the ladder stitch. Continue until you’ve added 3 more beads.
6- Weave your needle up 1 bead and down the next, from the end of the arm until you are exiting the first bead of that row.
7- Brick stitch across your base to the end. Ladder stitch beads out just like you did for the other side.
8- Add 2 beads to your needle and brick stitch them to the under side of that arm, decreasing the row.
9- Brick stitch one more bead next to the previous beads added.
10- Pass your needle up through the middle bead.
11- Pass your needle up through the end bead of the arm row above it.
12- Add 2 beads to your needle and brick stitch them to the top of the arm, increasing the row. Brick stitch to the other end of the arm, increasing the row, but don’t pass your needle back up to the top of the arm. (See picture 13).
13- Add 2 beads to your needle and brick stitch to underside of arm, decreasing the row.
14- Brick stitch another bead to the underside, just like you did on the other side of the arm. Pass your needle through the beads to get back to the end of the top of this arm. Brick stitch 3 beads to the top of the arm, decreasing the row. Pass your needle up and down through the rest of the beads in this row, until you get the place where you need to add 3 beads to the top of the other arm. Once those are in place, weave your needle up and down the beads until you exit near the middle where you can resume brick stitching the pillar of the cross.
I hope this wasn’t too complicated. If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I’ll try to explain myself.
If the 3 beads on the underside of the arms are a little wonky, pass your needle back up and down through them to reinforce them. That’s what I did on my second cross, and they look better.