Thursday, June 12, 2014

Pumpkin Stem Beading

Ah, bet you thought I was talking about precious stones, glass or plastic beads, nope.  As mentioned in my previous post it was time for me to start something new so decided on the Star Rug pumpkin.  And no, I'm not done with the Magdalena Farm rug and will show an update of that tomorrow.

Here is what I received in the generous giveaway from Maria Barton last fall.  I've been itching to hook it since winning it and decided to start now as there's only background and binding left to do on the Farm rug.
Beading is a hooking technique where you use two interchangeable strips of wool, different colors to provide a creative and decorative addition to a hooked piece.  I placed the two strips of wool on top of one another and started both strips in the same hole.  I started at the curve in pumpkin and worked myself up to the top of the stem. 

Start the two wools in one hole and let your bottom fingers choose the color for the next loop.  Once that is pulled up then you grab the other strip and pull that one color up in the next hole, etc.  Finally both strips are pulled up in the same hole at the end.  Easy peasy.
This is the back of the foundation and notice that I managed to twist my strips.  Since this won't be on the floor but rather on the table during the 'FALLoween' season I'll not worry with it.
I'd show you more but think I'll make some different white pumpkin wool color choices and do some reverse hooking first.  Or at least I'll sleep on it over night, look at what I've hooked and get back to .... the FARM this evening.

Have a great evening everyone and hope you survived yet another day of rain bombardment.  Tomorrow's weather will be....... you guessed it... more rain.



  1. We are getting rain off and on all day today and tomorrow.
    but looking up for the weekend.
    I love the beading I have done that before and love the look.

  2. This is so cool. I need to remember this.

  3. Oh, I wish you could send us some of that rain. We've gotten a few sprinkles but not enough to do any good.
    I love the look of beading. I've done it a couple times but need to do it more to feel more comfortable doing it. I find it awkward.
    Hugs :)

  4. That looks really nice, great effect.
    I was all ready to get a lot done this week, then I got sick, so worked on a punched piece.


  5. The bead stitch is so neat !!! I had to hold my wool carefully to keep it from twisting too. Can't wait to see your pumpkin finished !!!


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