These Hubble Stitch Snowflake Earrings Are Perfect for the Holidays
Recently, I was on the hunt for a new stitch to learn. I love the thrill of figuring out a pattern and then learning a stitch well enough to use it without the pattern. I had just learned chenille stitch and bead crochet, so when I came across hubble stitch in Tammy Honaman’s Getting Started Bead Weaving course, I immediately started looking for a project to make.
Luckily, I have the book Hubble Stitch: Instructions and Inspiration for this Creative New Lace Beadwork Technique by Melanie de Miguel. Unfortunately, the book has so many projects to choose from that I spent way too much time deciding what I was going to make. The projects include beautiful bracelets, a sparkly scarf ring, and several different earrings and necklaces.
I decided with the holidays approaching, it was the perfect time to make the Snowflake Earrings. This project does not call for many materials and looks like it is quick to stitch. In addition, because the earrings are so small, I thought I could make multiple pairs and give them as presents. I love when things fall into place so easily!
I ended up using size 11° and 8° seed beads instead of the size 15° and 11° beads suggested because I already had beads in my stash in the colors I wanted to use. Melanie suggests several variations to make the project your own, including using contrasting colors for the two rows, making a bracelet or necklace by combining the components, and experimenting with interesting shapes by modifying the color of the beads in the first round.
Hubble stitch is similar to right-angle weave, but with hints of herringbone stitch and ladder stitch. Here is a diagram of the foundation row, which is the basis for the 2-drop, 3-drop, circular, tubular, and other hubble stitch variations.
If you are looking for a new challenge or just some fun holiday jewelry, look no further than Hubble Stitch by Melanie de Miguel. To see more of Melanie’s beautiful projects, check out Tammy Honaman’s blog post “Do the Hubble! Hubble Stitch, That Is.” I will certainly be coming back to Melanie’s book for more project inspiration.
Assistant Editor, Beadwork magazine
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