Free candy cane charm

Posted by Anna Draeger
on Thursday, December 01, 2011

 

Q: I would like to make Christmas earrings that look like candy canes. Not a flat design but tubular peyote.
I can't figure out how to make the bend for the top of the cane. I've tried using 15/0s to make the curve
(I am using Delica cylinder beads), but that doesn't seem to work. Using decreases doesn't seem to work either. Do you have any ideas? – Linda Chambers

A: That is a good question, Linda, and after thinking about it for awhile, I think tubular herringbone stitch would work better than tubular peyote. The nature of the stitch allows the tube to be more flexible, and if you work in twisted tubular herringbone, achieving the stripy pattern is simple. What I came up with is a small candy cane
1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm) long using 15/0 seed beads. This size would work well for just about anything: earrings, ornaments, gift embellishments, a pendant, or even charms for a bold holiday bracelet.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Approximately 1 g each of 15/0 seed beads in 2 colors: red and white
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • 2 4 mm soldered rings
  • pair of earring findings

Here is how I made the candy cane shown:

Ladder base

On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of Fireline, pick up a red (A) and a white (B) 15/0 seed bead. You'll work the first round in ladder stitch. Since the ladder round will look different than the herringbone rounds, I remove the thread path through the ladder later (in step 4). If you wish to do the same, the crossweave or alternate method for ladder stitch works best, but you can use whatever method you are most comfortable with. Using your chosen method, make a ladder six beads long, alternating As and Bs and leaving a 12-in. (30 cm) tail. Form the beads into a ring by sewing through the first and last beads again.

Round 1

Exiting an A, work a round of accelerated tubular herringbone as follows:

  • Pick up two As and two Bs. Sew down through the next B in the ladder and up through the next A.
  • Repeat this stitch twice to complete the round, but for the last stitch, step up through three As in the next column.

Round 2

Work a round of accelerated twisted tubular herringbone as follows:

  • Pick up two As and two Bs, sew down through the next B in the previous round and up through two As in the next column.
  • Repeat this stitch twice to complete the round, but for the last stitch, step up through four As in the next column.
    This is the first round of twisted tubular herringbone, but the twist won't be well defined until you finish a few more rounds.

Rounds 3–10

Work a round of accelerated twisted tubular herringbone as follows:

  • Pick up two As and two Bs, sew down through the next B in the previous round and up through the last three As in the next column.
  • Repeat this stitch twice to complete the round, but for the last stitch, step up through the last five As in the next column.
  • Repeat this step seven times. You should have 21 beads in each column, including the beads in the ladder round.
    Speaking of the ladder round, this is where I remove the thread path through the ladder.
  • Using a beading awl or thick needle, pull the tail through the beads in the ladder until the stacks are free.
    It will look like a single B is sitting at the bottom of each stack.
  • Remove the beads from the ladder and the first round of herringbone.
  • Using the tail, work a herringbone thread path through the last few rounds to close up the end stacks.
  • Work an A and a B at the end of any stack that looks short to make the end of the cane even.
  • Retrace the thread path through the last few rounds, and end the tail.

Round 11

Using the working thread, begin the curve, pulling tight after each stitch and each time you step up.

Work a round of accelerated twisted tubular herringbone as follows:

  • Pick up two As and two Bs, and sew down through the next B in the previous round and up through the last three As in the next column.
  • Repeat this stitch once.
  • Work a stitch with one A and one B instead of two, and step up through the last six As instead of five.   

 

Rounds 12–16

  • Pick up two As and two Bs, and sew down through the next B in the previous round and up through the last three As in the next column.
  • Pick up two As and two Bs, and sew down through the next B in the previous round and up through the last two As in the next column.
  • Work the last stitch in the round with one A and one B instead of two As and two Bs, stepping up through six As.
  • Repeat this step four times.

Round 17

  • Pick up one A and one B, and sew down through the next B in the previous round and up through the last three As in the next column.
  • Pick up two As and two Bs, and sew down through the next B in the previous round and up through the last A in the next column.
  • Pick up two As and two Bs, sew down through the next B in the previous round, and step up through the last six As in the next column.

 

Round 18

  • Pick up one A and one B, and sew down through the next B in the previous round and up through the last four As in the next column. 
  • Pick up two As and two Bs, and sew down through the next B in the previous round and up through the last two A in the next column.
  • Pick up two As and two Bs, sew down through the next B in the previous round, and step up through the last six As in the next column.

 

Rounds 19–22

  • Pick up one A and one B, and sew down through the next B in the previous round and up through four As in the next column.
  • Pick up two As and two Bs, and sew down through the next B in the previous round and up through two A in the next column.
  • Pick up two As and two Bs, sew down through the next B in the previous round and step up through five As in the next column.
  • Repeat this step three times.

 

Round 23

  • Pick up two As and two Bs, sew down through the next B in the previous round and up through the last five As in the next column.
  • Pick up one A and one B, sew down through the next B in the previous round and up through the last three As in the next column.
  • Work the last stitch in the round with two As and two Bs, and step up through the last five As in the next column.

 

Round 24

  • Pick up two As and two Bs, and sew down through the next B in the previous round and up through the last five As in the next column.
  • Pick up one A and one B, and sew down through the next B in the previous round and up through the last four As in the next column.
  • Work the last stitch in the round with two As and two Bs, and step up through the last six As in the next column.

 

Round 25

  • Pick up two As and two Bs, and sew down through the next B in the previous round and up through the last four As in the next column.
  • Pick up one A and one B, and sew down through the next B in the previous round and up through the last five As in the next column.
  • Work the last stitch in the round with two As and two Bs, and step up through the last six As in the next column.

 

Round 26

  • Pick up two As and two Bs, and sew down through the next B in the previous round and up through the last five As in the next column.
  • Pick up one A and one B, and sew down through the next B in the previous round and up through the last six As in the next column.
  • Work the last stitch in the round with two As and two Bs, and step up through the last six As in the next column.

 

Round 27

  • Pick up two As and two Bs, and sew down through the next B in the previous round and up through the last four As in the next column.
  • Pick up one A and one B, and sew down through the next B in the previous round and up through the last six As in the next column. 
  • Work the last stitch in the round with two As and two Bs, and step up through five As in the next column.

 

Round 28


Work a decrease round of two stitches:

  • Pick up two As and two Bs, and sew down through the next B in the previous round and up through the last five As in the next column.
  • Pick up one A and one B, and sew down through the next B in the previous round and up through the last six As in the next column.

 

Round 29

  • Pick up one A, and sew down through the next B in the previous round and up through the last five As in the next column.
  • Pick up one A, and sew down through the next B in the previous round and up through the last four As in the next column.
  • Work the last stitch in the round with two As and two Bs, and step up through the last five As in the next column.

 

Round 30

  • Pick up a B, and sew through the last four As in the next column.
  • Repeat twice, and then sew through the last 10 Bs in the next column, working back toward the other end of the cane.

Finishing

  • Skip the next two stripes of As and Bs, and sew through a corresponding A in the following stripe to help the cane keep its rounded shape.
  • Continue through the next several As in the stripe, or if your beadwork is loose, you can sew through all the stripes to snug up the beads.
  • Exit a bead at the top of the cane, pick up a soldered jump ring, and sew through a bead in the adjacent stripe.
  • Retrace the thread path through the join, and then end the working thread.
  • Open the loop of an earring finding, and attach it to the soldered jump ring. (Or use a jump ring to attach the soldered ring to a chain or other finding.)
  • Make a second earring.

I hope this helps!

As always, feel free to contact me with questions.

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