The German tale of the Christmas spider
The spider also makes a good addition to a halloween tree as you can see here.
A GERMAN WOMAN SPENT THE ENTIRE DAY PUTTING ORNAMENTS ON THE BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS TREE HER HUSBAND HAD CUT FOR HER.
THERE WERE ALL KINDS OF BEAUTIFUL THINGS ON THE TREE.
A LONELY SPIDER HAS HEARD ALL THE NOISE FROM HER LOFT PERCH AND AFTER THE WOMAN
HAD WENT TO BED SHE CREPT DOWN FROM HER LOFT HIDING PLACE TO TAKE A LOOK.
WHAT THE SPIDER FOUND FULLED HER WITH EXCITEMENT.
THE ORNAMENTS WERE SO BEAUITFUL THAT SHE JUST HAD TO SEE EACH ONE UP CLOSE.
WHEN SHE HAD FINISHED THE TREE WAS FILLED WITH COBWEBS.
THE SPIDER SO WORRIED THAT THE WOMAN WOULD BE MAD DECIDED TO SPIN THEM ALL INTO SILVER.
THE WOMAN AWOKE THE NEXT MORNING TO A GLITTERING TREE OF TINSEL AND ORNAMENTS
How to Make The German tale of the Christmas spider
- one long pin to attach the body together and loop
at top to hold string
two pearl beads of different sizes.
two gold filigree bead holders of different sizes (bigger for the front of the body, smaller for the butt)
1 gold string to place the ornament from it's bottom
40 tiny circle black beads (joints of the legs)
32 small long gold beads (Leg pieces) alternate with above round beads. make 4 double legs and wrap around at space between body and head to make 8 legs.
Mount from head to bottom and then attach legs.
- It is assembled on a wire pin. It has a very small flat end on a straight wire. The flat end becomes the nose or at least on the face end and then you put the small face and the bigger body on and twist a loop closing. Then you make 4 wires of double legs and close the ends like feet (loops) The 4 legs are put half on each side between the face and body and twisted to opposite side under belly. then shape your legs and you are done.
- I use small enough wire for the legs so you can get the tiny pearl beeds on. Unsure of guage as I have had the beads and wire for years without using it until now. The wire is I think regular jewery wire as I got it from my dad. The what they call a jewery pin is thicker and golden in color.