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.

cornucopia 1

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.

cornucopia 2

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.

cornucopia 3

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.

cornucopia 4

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.

cornucopia 5

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.

cornucopia 6

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.

cornucopia 7

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.

cornucopia 8

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?

cornucopia 9

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!)

Happy beading!

Jean

Jean

Jean Cox, Beading editorial director

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