Erin, the Bear

designed by Evelyn McDermand

 

    Materials:
    2   yards ribbon, cord or plastic lacing
    1 key ring or lanyard hook
    82 green pony beads
    3 black pony beads
    28 white seed beads (to make the shamrock)
    yard of  32 inch gauge wire
    Hot glue gun

    Special Instructions:  Begin with the first bead of the head.  Then make the ears and continue with the pattern.  Make the shamrock out of the seed beads as shown
     and hot glue onto the bear.

    To make shamrock:  Fold wire in half and add on 7 beads.  With both ends together, lace on one bead.  This is the center bead.  On one strand lace on 7 beads
    and do the same for the other side.  Go back through the center bead forming a loop on each side.  With both ends together, lace on 5 beads.  Using only one strand,
    lace on the last bead.  Twist ends together and trim.  You can add a little bend in the stem.  Also, you can form the leaves of the shamrock into hearts by gently pushing
    in the center bead of each leaf.  Hot glue finished shamrock into place. 
   
    Shamrock options:  
  
 1.  Print, cut and glue on the image shown or find another image online. 
    2.  Use a clover/shamrock mini scrapbook punch with white paper to cut and glue on.