Beading Instructions for a Foxglove Flower Using Tubular Herringbone Stitch

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Beading Instructions for a Foxglove Flower Using Tubular Herringbone Stitch
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Beaded foxglove flowers are a lovely way to bring nature indoors any time of the year. For years, bead artists have been creating beaded flowers for use in bouquets, home decorations and jewellery. The foxglove is one of the simplest flowers to create in beads--a short length of tubular herringbone that is tapered on one end and flared on the other. Attach single flowers to earwires for earrings, cluster several for the focal point on a necklace, or tuck a few into a beaded bouquet.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Leaf green size 11 seed beads
  • Dark pink size 11 seed beads
  • Pale pink size 11 seed beads
  • Beading thread of your choice
  • Beading needle size 11 or 12

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Thread a needle with a 6-foot length of beading thread. Pick up eight green beads and tie in a circle with a square knot. Leave a 6-inch tail.

  2. 2

    Pass the thread through the first bead you picked up. Pick up two green beads. Skip one bead and pass through the next bead. Repeat three times and step up through the first bead added in this round.

  3. 3

    Work the next eight rows in dark pink. Pick up two beads. Pass down through the next bead, pick up two beads and pass up through the first bead in the next stack. Repeat three times and step up. You have now made eight stacks of two beads each.

  4. 4

    Pick up two beads. Pass down through the next bead and up through the first bead in the next stack. Keep the tension tight so the stacks sit tightly together. Repeat seven times and step up. Repeat this round seven times.

  5. 5

    Pick up two dark pink beads and pass down through the next bead. Pick up one pale pink bead and pass up through the first bead in the next stack. Repeat seven times and step up.

  6. 6

    Work the remaining rows with pale pink. Pick up one bead and pass down through the next bead. Pick up two beads and pass up through the first bead in the next stack. Repeat seven times and step up through the first bead you added in this round.

  7. 7

    Pick up one bead. Pass through the next two beads, pick up one bead and pass through the centre bead of the next stack. Repeat seven times. Step up through the first bead you added in this round.

  8. 8

    Pick up four beads, pass through the next bead, pick up one bead, pass through the next bead. Repeat seven times and step up through the first two beads you added in this round.

  9. 9

    Pick up three beads and pass through the next bead. Pick up three beads and pass through the second bead in the four bead loop in the previous row. Repeat two times. Secure the thread in the beadwork with a double half-hitch knot and weave in the tails.

Tips and warnings

  • To keep the tension tight in rounds four and five, force the work to cup and pinch it together to pull the stacks tight against each other.

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