Pop Goes the Needle by Kimberly Costello

Here’s a unique project: A soda-bottle-themed needle case that you sand, paint, and bead! Kimberly Costello’s Pop Goes the Needle pattern is a fun gift you can personalize with the starter kit while supplies last. The starter kit includes 2 needle cases, 15 mini bottle caps, and plenty of thread. It also includes a blank template so you can create your own needle case label. Keep reading to learn more about Kimberly’s inspiration and then get this pattern today in Beadwork October/November 2018.

My inspiration for this design was actually the chrome pop-top! I bought a package of the bottle caps during one of my “getting-out-of-a-rut” shopping trips, with no particular project in mind. I then discovered that the pop-tops fit perfectly on top of my wooden needle-case caps. My dad is a carpenter, so I spent a lot of time in his workshop learning about wood and how to work with it while growing up. It occurred to me that I could use sandpaper to give my needle cases a pop-bottle shape.

—Kimberly Costello


Pop Goes the Needle

Pop Goes the Needle Pattern Details

Techniques: Tubular peyote stitch, flat circular peyote stitch

Project level: Intermediate

Materials:
1 g nickel finish size 15° cylinder beads (A)
4 g rainbow royal blue opaque size 11° cylinder beads (B)
1 g transparent lemonade rainbow size 11° cylinder beads (C)
0.5 g yellow rainbow opaque size 11° cylinder beads (D)
0.5 g black opaque size 11° cylinder beads (E)
0.5 g brick red opaque size 11° cylinder beads (F)
1 g matte mandarin orange size 11° cylinder beads (G)
0.5 g dark red rainbow opaque size 11° cylinder beads (H)
0.5 g dark red opaque size 11° cylinder beads (J)
1 chrome 17×4mm mini bottle cap
1 Collins brand 21/4″ wooden needle case
Dark blue size A Silamide waxed nylon beading thread
Thread conditioner
2-part epoxy
Acrylic craft paint to match bead color B
Sanding paper, coarse- and fine-grit

Pop Goes the Needle Main Colorway

Main Colorway

Pop Goes the Needle Main Colorway Chart

Main Colorway Chart

Tools:
Paint brush
Scissors
Size 12 beading needle

Finished size: 5/8 × 2 1/4″

Kimberly used the following Delica numbers for this project: DBS0021 (A), DB0216 (B), DB0171 (C), DB0160 (D), DB0010 (E), DB0654 (F), DB1583 (G), DB0162 (H), and DB0723 (J).

Artist’s Tips:

  • Reduce hand fatigue and make it much easier to achieve your desired bottle shape by using 3M Pro Grade Precision flexible sanding sheets.
  • To make painting a breeze, put the bottle on the round end of a paint brush or a small straw. Then stand it in a glass or vase to dry.
  • If you have trouble following the pattern, make a color photocopy of it and cross off each bead or each round as you work.
  • Following the manufacturer’s directions, use 2-part epoxy to glue the mini bottle cap to the needle-case cap. It has the strongest bond and will hold up to the wear and tear of opening and closing the bottle.

Option: Create a chatelaine-style necklace by attaching beaded loops to the side of the bottle and connecting a chain with a clasp.

Pop Goes the Needle Option

“Pop” Goes the Needle Option

Alternate Colorways:

FUCHSIA “SUNNY’S” CASE
1 g nickel-finish size 15° cylinder beads (A) (DBS0021)
4 g light fuchsia–lined transparent size 11° cylinder beads (B) (DB0074)
1 g matte mandarin orange size 11° cylinder beads (C) (DB1583)
0.5 g yellow rainbow opaque size 11° cylinder beads (D) (DB0160)
0.5 g black opaque size 11° cylinder beads (E) (DB0010)
0.5 g brick red opaque size 11° cylinder beads (F) (DB0654)
1 g yellow-green rainbow opaque size 11° cylinder beads (G) (DB0169)
1 g dark red opaque size 11° cylinder beads (H, J) (DB0723)
1 chrome 17×4mm mini bottle cap
1 Collins brand 21/4″ wooden needle case
Dusty rose size A Silamide waxed nylon beading thread
Thread conditioner
Epoxy glue
Acrylic craft paint to match bead color B
Sanding paper, coarse- and fine-grit

Pop Goes the Needle Fuchsia “Sunny’s” Case Colorway

Fuchsia “Sunny’s” Case Colorway

LIGHT PINK “SUNNY’S” CASE
1 g nickel-finish size 15° cylinder beads (A) (DBS0021)
4 g bubblegum-lined Ceylon opaque size 11° cylinder beads (B) (DB0245)
1 g transparent lemonade rainbow size 11° cylinder beads (C) (DB0171)
0.5 g yellow rainbow opaque size 11° cylinder beads (D) (DB0160)
0.5 g black opaque size 11° cylinder beads (E) (DB0010)
0.5 g transparent fuchsia size 11° cylinder beads (F) (DB1310)
1 g yellow-green rainbow opaque size 11° cylinder beads (G) (DB0169)
0.5 g silver-lined fuchsia size 11° cylinder beads (H) (DB1340)
0.5 g matte mandarin orange size 11° cylinder beads (J) ( DB1583)
1 chrome 17×4mm mini bottle cap
1 Collins brand 21/4″ wooden needle case
Dusty rose size A Silamide waxed nylon beading thread
Thread conditioner
Epoxy glue
Acrylic craft paint to match bead color B
Sanding paper, coarse- and fine-grit

Light Pink “Sunny’s” Case Colorway

WHITE “SUNNY’S” CASE
1 g nickel-finish size 15° cylinder beads (A) (DBS0021)
4 g white luster pearl opaque size 11° cylinder beads (B) (DB0201)
1 g silver-lined fuchsia size 11° cylinder beads (C) (DB1340)
1 g transparent lemonade rainbow size 11° cylinder beads (D, H) (DB0171)
0.5 g black opaque size 11° cylinder beads (E) (DB0010)
0.5 g transparent tangerine size 11° cylinder beads (F) (DB0704)
1 g silver-lined translucent orange size 11° cylinder beads (G) (DB0045)
0.5 g silver-lined lime size 11° cylinder beads (J) (DB1206)
1 chrome 17×4mm mini bottle cap
1 Collins brand 21/4″ wooden needle case
Off-white size A Silamide waxed nylon beading thread
Thread conditioner
Epoxy glue
Acrylic craft paint to match bead color B
Sanding paper, coarse- and fine-grit

White “Sunny’s” Case Colorway

White “Sunny’s” Case Colorway

CHARTREUSE GREEN “SUNNY’S” CASE
1 g nickel-finish size 15° cylinder beads (A) (DBS0021)
4 g yellow-green rainbow opaque size 11° cylinder beads (B) (DB0169)
1 g rainbow mandarin orange opaque size 11° cylinder beads (C) (DB1573)
0.5 g yellow rainbow opaque size 11° cylinder beads (D) (DB0160)
0.5 g black opaque size 11° cylinder beads (E) (DB0010)
1 g rainbow sunset red opaque size 11° cylinder beads (F, G) (DB0159)
0.5 g silver-lined red violet translucent size 11° cylinder beads (H) (DB1345)
0.5 g silver-lined fuchsia size 11° cylinder beads (J) (DB1340)
4 gunmetal 4mm jump rings
2 gunmetal 5mm jump rings
1 gunmetal 5×20mm double-claw clasp
1 chrome 17×4mm mini bottle cap
1 Collins brand 21/4″ wooden needle case
22″ of gunmetal 2×2.5mm chain
Kelly green size A Silamide waxed nylon beading thread
Thread conditioner
Epoxy glue
Acrylic craft paint to match bead color B
Sanding paper, coarse- and fine-grit

Chartreuse Green “Sunny’s” Case Colorway

Chartreuse Green “Sunny’s” Case Colorway

AQUA “YUM SODA POP” CASE
1 g nickel-finish size 15° cylinder beads (A) (DBS0021)
4 g turquoise green rainbow opaque size 11° cylinder beads (B) (DB0166)
0.5 g matte transparent strawberry size 11° cylinder beads (C) (DB0779)
1 g transparent color-lined rose pink size 11° cylinder beads (D) (DB0070)
0.5 g dark red opaque size 11° cylinder beads (E) (DB0723)
0.5 g black opaque size 11° cylinder beads (F) (DB0010)
0.5 g transparent lemonade rainbow size 11° cylinder beads (G) (DB0171)
0.5 g matte orange-red rainbow opaque size 11° cylinder beads (H) (DB0874)
0.5 g matte transparent lilac size 11° cylinder beads (J) (DB0783)
1 chrome 17x4mm mini bottle cap
1 Collins brand 2 1/4″ wooden needle case
Aqua size A Silamide waxed nylon beading thread
Thread conditioner
2-part epoxy
Acrylic craft paint to match bead color B
Sanding paper, coarse- and fine-grit

Pop Goes the Needle Aqua “Yum Soda Pop” Case Colorway

Aqua “Yum Soda Pop” Case Colorway

Aqua “Yum Soda Pop” Case Chart

Aqua “Yum Soda Pop” Case Chart

GREEN “STRAWBERRY” CASE
1 g nickel-finish size 15° cylinder beads (A) (DBS0021)
4 g silver-lined translucent emerald green size 11° cylinder beads (B) (DB0605)
0.5 g matte metallic dark gold opaque size 11° cylinder beads (C) (DB0322)
0.5 g matte orange-red rainbow opaque size 11° cylinder beads (D) (DB0874)
0.5 g dark red opaque size 11° cylinder beads (E) (DB0723)
0.5 g brick red opaque size 11° cylinder beads (F) (DB0654)
1 g yellow rainbow opaque size 11° cylinder beads (G) (DB0160)
0.5 g black opaque size 11° cylinder beads (H) (DB0010)
0.5 g matte transparent lilac size 11° cylinder beads (J) (DB0783)
1 chrome 17x4mm mini bottle cap
1 Collins brand 2 1/4″ wooden needle case
Kelly green size A Silamide waxed nylon beading thread
Thread conditioner
2-part epoxy
Acrylic craft paint to match bead color B
Sanding paper, coarse- and fine-grit

Green “Strawberry” Case Colorway

Green “Strawberry” Case Chart

Green “Strawberry” Case Chart

RED “SUNNY’S” CASE
1 g nickel-finish size 15° cylinder beads (A) (DBS0021)
4 g silver-lined translucent red size 11° cylinder beads (B) (DB0602)
0.5 g transparent lemonade rainbow size 11° cylinder beads (C) (DB0171)
0.5 g matte mandarin orange size 11° cylinder beads (D) (DB1583)
0.5 g black opaque size 11° cylinder beads (E) (DB0010)
0.5 g silver-lined fuchsia size 11° cylinder beads (F) (DB1340)
0.5 g nickel-finish size 11° cylinder beads (G) (DB0021)
0.5 g green opaque size 11° cylinder beads (H) (DB0656)
1 g silver-lined translucent blue size 11° cylinder beads (J) (DB0047)
0.5 g silver-lined translucent orange size 11° cylinder beads (K) (DB0045)
1 g canary rainbow opaque size 11° cylinder beads (L) (DB1572)
1 chrome 17x4mm mini bottle cap
1 Collins brand 2 1/4″ wooden needle case
Red size A Silamide waxed nylon beading thread
Thread conditioner
2-part epoxy
Acrylic craft paint to match bead color B
Sanding paper, coarse- and fine-grit

Pop Goes the Needle Red “Sunny’s” Case Colorway

Red “Sunny’s” Case Colorway

Red “Sunny’s” Case Chart

Red “Sunny’s” Case Chart

KIMBERLY COSTELLO is a beadwork designer. She has taught beading and jewelry-making classes and has been beading since 2001. You can contact her at: kkcostello@gmail.com.

Download this pattern plus 11 more when you purchase the October/November 2018 issue of Beadwork.


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