Beaded Pine Cone Pattern
I designed this beaded pine cone pattern after I had been using Piggy beads for another project. As I was working with them, they reminded me of the shape and texture of pine cones. It took me a little bit of searching to find the colour that I wanted (I eventually bought them from The Old Bicycle Shop, so thank you to the lovely Davida for her help there!). Finally, equipped with the beads, I began experimenting with stitches. I had already decided in my head that Peyote stitch would be the most likely to achieve the look I wanted, so it was just a matter of experimenting. It took a few tries to get the shaping to look just right, but once I had done that, all I needed was to use the seed beads to add a base. I found that a little bit of stuffing helps my cones to keep their shape. Thus, my beaded pine cone pattern was born!
As you may have already guessed, you are going to need Piggy beads and size 11 seed beads for the beaded pine cone pattern. Tension is very important for this project, so I recommend a good strong beading thread. Personally, I prefer Fireline as I find that the fact this thread doesn’t stretch means that it will really help you to achieve the tension you need. You also need to bear in mind that the Piggy beads are two-holed, so you will need to check both holes are free before you use each bead. You will also need to take care as you work to ensure that you are stitching through the correct hole each time. As the pine cone grows, it becomes trickier to keep track of this. The beaded pine cone pattern has been carefully illustrated with diagrams to show the thread paths and correct hole usage as clearly as possible.
Having created my beaded pine cone pattern, I then used it to make an Advent Candle Holder, combining the pine cones with holly leaves on a circular wire structure. The pattern for the Advent Candle Holder is automatically included for free, but you will also need the beaded holly leaves, which you can find here.