I’ve put together a tutorial about beading a bracelet for the fall. I know it’s August, but when you’re crafting, or DIY as it’s called now, you need to start early. This little bracelet is easy to make and the pumpkins will be good for all of fall, not just Halloween.
I recommend reading through the directions first before starting.
Let’s start with your list of supplies, which can all be found at your local craft store.
- Beading needle – size #10
- Beads – size 11/0; green and orange (and brown if you’re more adventurous)
- Beading thread – I recommend Nymo D, which is readily found at crafting stores ( if not size D then whatever size is available)
Cut 3-4 feet of thread and put on a stop bead. Jill Wiseman has a good video, so I’m not going to reinvent the wheel. I’ll just embed her video here.
String 3 green beads and 5 orange beads. The green will be the vine, and the orange, of course, will be the pumpkin.
The next step is to make the pumpkin. You will do that by making a loop of the orange beads. Put your needle back through the 3 green beads. The brown bead at the end is my stop bead. Now come back up the green beads by skipping the first one (at the very bottom) and going up through the next two.
This is what your pumpkin should now look like. If not, take off the beads and start again.
Add 3 green beads. It looks like my string is coming from the top of the pumpkin, but it is really coming out where the pumpkin meets the vine.
This is where you will make the vine for the next pumpkin. Put your needle through the middle green bead of the 3 you just added. Put it through in the same direction you originally threaded it. Pull it tight. Bead 3 and 4 will line up next to one another.
The beads should have the configuration shown in the picture below. If not, you probably went through the middle bead in the wrong direction. “Unsew” your last stitch and put your needle through the middle bead in the opposite direction.
You will make pumpkin #2. Pumpkin #1 is on the left, so you will make pumpkin #2 on the right. Sting 5 orange beads.
Make another loop by putting your needle through the 3 green beads that are the stem for pumpkin #2. Start with the bead that thread is coming out of and go through the next 2. Pull thread tight. Keep the pumpkin on the right side.
Just make sure to alternate which side your pumpkin is on. You’ll know if it’s on the wrong side. You won’t be able to do the next stitch. Also, keep the the linked beads so that the odd one out is always in the “center” of the vine. Once again, if it’s in the wrong place, you’ll know because you won’t be able to do the next stitch.
Now that you’re at the base of this pumpkin, you need to move up the chain and connect the pumpkins to the vine so they don’t swing around. Stitch up through the first bead of pumpkin #1 and the lonely green bead at the top.
Done! Repeat these stitches, alternating which side your pumpkin is on, until you have the size bracelet you desire (should be around 6 1/2 to 7 in long).
If you want your pumpkin to have a little brown stem, instead of three green beads (as pictured above) pick up a green, then a brown, then a green bead (the middle bead should be brown). Stitch as directed. Below is a picture of the bracelet with pumpkins that have brown stems.
Tomorrow’s post is how to put closures on your bracelet, so don’t finish before I can post it!
This stitch is called a Nepal Chain Stitch. I did alter it slightly to keep the pumpkins from flopping around. The Nepal Chain Stitch is usually used to make a chain of flowers. You can try this with different colors to get a completely different look.
Please email me with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy beading!