Bead a Tiny Cornucopia with Spiral Herringbone Stitch
I love Thanksgiving! What’s better than a holiday focused on being with family and friends, wallowing in gratitude, and well, FOOD!
I was thinking of ways to decorate my Thanksgiving-feast table, looking around the house for things that might work in order to create an old-fashioned cornucopia. I gave up. Instead, I decided to design a tiny cornucopia with beads! Not sure I’ll put this one on the dinner table, but it would be cute stuffed with fruit-like beads…I could even hang it from a wine bottle as a hostess gift!
I used spiral herringbone stitch and lots of fudging to put this one together. Let me show you how:
I’m using size 15 (A) and size 11 (B) seed beads with smoke 6lb FireLine braided beading thread for this little project.
Rounds 1 and 2: Work a strip of ladder stitch 2B high and 20B long. Stitch the first and last stacks together to form a ring.
Round 3: Work tubular herringbone stitch with 1B and 1A in each stitch. Note: On the last stitch of each round, you’ll pass up through an extra 1B.
Round 4: Work tubular herringbone stitch with 1B and 1A in each stitch, but begin the spiral by passing down through 1 and up through 2 beads.
Round 5: Work tubular herringbone stitch with 1B and 1A in each stitch, but pass down through 1 and up through 3 beads.
Round 6: Work tubular herringbone stitch with 1B and 1A in each stitch, this time passing down through 1 bead and up through 4 beads.
Round 7: Work one tubular herringbone stitch with 1B and 1A in each stitch, passing down through 1 and up through 4, then work 1 peyote stitch with 1A (you’ll string 1A, pass through the top 4B of the next herringbone spike). This will make a decrease to 5 spikes…it’ll look funky and you’ll be scratching your head at this point.
Round 8: Work one tubular herringbone stitch with 1B and 1A; pass down through 1 and up through the nearest 1A/1B/1B. Repeat four times.
Rounds 9 and 10: Work tubular herringbone stitch with 1B and 1A, passing down through 1 and up through 2. This might be getting frustrating about here, but just go with it! Even if it’s not perfect, it’s still going to look cool. Trust me.
Rounds 11 and 12: Repeat Rounds 9 and 10.
Round 13: Work tubular herringbone stitch with 1B in each stitch, passing down through 1 and up through 3.
Rounds 14 and on: This is where you’ll kind of fudge… You need to reduce down to 3 spikes, working similarly to how you decreased in Round 7. Eventually, just work 1 spike so you get that signature curly cornucopia tail. Again, don’t worry too much about it being perfect. It’s going to look like a horn o’ plenty, no matter what.
Pretty cute, huh? I think I’ll stitch some of these dark cherry red stone beads inside of mine..maybe let them fall out with some fringe?
Want to learn more about herringbone stitch? Check out Melinda Barta’s book, Mastering Herringbone Stitch, where she explains the ins and outs of this versatile technique. (And today, it’s 50% off for our Pre-Black-Friday sale!)
Jean Cox, Beading editorial director