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Sweet treat

This project offers a festive ornament created by weaving flat, odd-count peyote stitch with two needles.

 

Sweettreat

While shopping in a local candy emporium, a dish of ribbon candy caught my eye, and my mind immediately began processing the shape and colors with beads.

SUPPLIES

  • size 11/0 cylinder beads
    • 10 g pink
    • 6 g white
    • 6 g orage
    • 2 g green
  • 4 in. (10 cm) 20-gauge craft wire
  • nylon beading thread, size B, pink
  • bead needles, #10 and #12
  • artist's acrylic paintbrush, approx. size 4
  • 2 drinking straws
  • Future floor polish
  • magnetic board (optional)
  • 1 3 x 6-in. (7.6 x 15 cm) piece of waxed paper
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters
Tip!
Try placing your graphs on a magnetic board with a straight edge or ruler. This will enable you to maintain your place in the pattern.
SweettreatFigure1
Figure 1

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Thread a #10 needle at one end of a comfortable length of thread, and thread a #12 needle at the opposite end.

2. Continue as follows:

Rows 1 and 2: Following the pattern in figure 1, pick up 19 11/0 cylinder beads, and center them on the thread.

Row 3: With the #12 needle, work in flat, odd-count peyote stitch across the row (FIGURE 1, a–b). Pick up the last bead in the row, and pull it into place (b–c). Drop the #12 needle, and pick up the #10 needle.

Row 4: Sew through the bead just added (d–e). Work across the row in peyote stitch (e–f)

Row 5: Work peyote stitch back across the row (f–g). Pick up the last bead in the row, and pull it into place . Drop the #10 needle, and pick up the #12 needle.

Row 6: Work as in row 4 with the #12 needle.

Row 7: Work as in row 5 with the #12 needle.

Row 8: Work as in row 4 with the #10 needle.

Row 9: Work as in row 5 with the #10 needle.

Rows 10–43: Continue working as in rows 6–9. 

SweettreatPhotoA
Photo A
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Figure 2
Connecting

Row 44: No beads will be added. Row 43 will be “zipped” to row 4. Fold the strip over and lay row 43 on top of row 5. Sew through the first bead in row 4 (PHOTO A and FIGURE 2, a–b). Sew through the second bead in row 43 (b–c). Continue zipping across the row (c–d).
SweettreatPhotoB
Photo B

Row 45: Pick up the first bead in the row, and sew through the last bead in row 4 (PHOTO B and d–e). Continue in peyote stitch across the row (e–f). Pick up the last bead in the row, and pull it into place (f–g). Switch needles, sew through the bead just added, and pick up a new bead (h–i)

Rows 46–71: Continue working as in rows 10–43 to create beadwork that will form the second loop.

Rows 72 and 73: Repeat rows 44 and 45 to connect rows 72 and 73 to row 32.

Rows 74–268: Work until you have nine loops, connecting them as follows:

Loop 3: Connect row 100 to row 60. 

Loop 4: Connect row 128 to row 88. 

Loop 5: Connect row 156 to row 116. 

Loop 6: Connect row 184 to row 144. 

Loop 7: Connect row 212 to row 172. 

Loop 8: Connect row 240 to row 200. 

Loop 9: Connect row 268 to row 228.

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Figure 3

Loop 10

Rows 269–289: For the final loop, work as before for 20 rows.

 

Row 290: Work four stitches (FIGURE 3, a–b). Sew through two beads (b–c), and finish the row (c–d)

 

Row 291: Work four stitches (d–e). Pick up three beads, and sew through the next up bead (e–f). Finish the row (f–g), and switch needles. 

 

Row 292: Work four stitches (h–i). Sew through the three beads added over the gap (i–j). Finish the row (j–k)

 

Row 293: Work peyote stitch to add five beads (k–l). Sew through the middle bead of the three beads added (l–m). Finish the row (m–n). Switch needles.


Rows 294 and 295: Work peyote stitch as before.

 

Rows 296 and 297: Work as before to connect row 296 to 256.

 
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Figure 4

Point 

Rows 298 and 299: Work peyote stitch as before.

 

Row 300: Work across the row, adding only nine beads (FIGURE 4, a–b). To turn, sew under the thread bridge between rows 297 and 299. Sew back through the bead exited and last bead added (b–c).


Row 301: Work across the row, adding only eight beads (c–d). To turn, sew under the thread between the bead exited and the bead diagonally below. Sew back through the bead exited and the last bead added (d–e).

 

Rows 302–308: Repeat row 301 seven times, decreasing the number of beads in each row so that row 308 is a single bead. End the threads.

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Figure 5

V end

1. Add a new thread at the beginning of the ornament. Sew through the beadwork to exit at FIGURE 5, point a

Rows A and B: Work peyote stitch to add eight new beads in two rows as shown (a–b). To turn, sew under the thread bridge between rows 1 and A, then sew back through the bead just exited and the last bead added (b–c).

 

Rows C–H: Repeat rows A and B, decreasing the number of beads in each row, so that row H is a single bead. Add a new thread as before, and sew through the beadwork to exit at point d.

 

Rows I and J: Work in peyote to add eight new beads in two rows as shown (d–e). To turn, sew under the thread bridge between rows 1 and I, then sew back through the bead just exited and the last bead added (e–f).

 

Rows K–P: Repeat rows I and J, decreasing the number of beads in each row so that row P is a single bead.

 

2. End the threads.

SweettreatPhotoC
Photo C

Finishing

1. Cut the straws into ten 1¼-in. (3.2cm) sections, and place one section into each loop of the ornament (PHOTO C).

 

2. Paint the ornament with floor polish, allowing the threads to absorb the liquid. Place the ornament straw-ends down on waxed paper, and let dry. 

 

3. Remove the straw sections when the ornament has dried to a hard finish.

 
SweettreatPhotoD
Photo D
SweettreatPhotoE
Photo E

Hanging loop


1. Cut a 4-in. (10cm) piece of 20-gauge wire. Wrap one end of the wire three times around the widest part of the jaws of a pair of roundnose pliers (PHOTO D).


2. Insert the straight end of the wire into the last loop of the ornament and through the hole created in loop 10 to exit the top of the ornament (PHOTO E).

 

3. Create a hanging loop on the top of the ornament by making another three-coil wrap as before. Thread a ribbon or wire hook through the loop to hang the candy.


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