This mint humbugs beading pattern teaches you how to make individual sweets. Or, how to create a necklace (or possibly bracelet) from your mint humbugs. So, let’s take a look at what you will need.
You just need size 11 seed beads for this project. You’re going to need three colours. So, you can use any brand of seed beads, but do make sure that you use the same brand for all your colours.
Then, you also need some beading thread. I chose to use Fireline because I find that gives me good tension. But if you prefer a different thread, that’s fine.
Your sweets and your jewellery will be self-supporting. So, it’s important that whatever you choose to use will give you good tension as you work.
If you need more advice about beading thread, or you want to find out more about why seed bead brands are different, then you can visit My World of Beads website. That is full of blogs about everything beading. You’ll find the information about the beads and thread in the beading supplies section. Or, check this link for a full index of all the articles on the site.
Experience and Techniques
This project is for anyone who knows how to work in tubular Peyote stitch. You will also be making increases and decreases to shape the sweets. I have included diagrams alongside the comprehensive written instructions.
So, this is definitely intermediate level, but could also be completed by an advanced beginner.
If you do need to learn more about tubular peyote, this free download should help you.
About the mint humbugs beading pattern
This design was actually a special request made by a few beaders during January 2021. I have been running a special ‘chocolate factory’ event on the Beadflowers website. Now, as part of that, I asked for suggestions for chocolates and candies or sweets that you would like to see made from beads.
So, several people requested that I create a mint humbugs beading pattern.
I couldn’t decide whether to just make the sweets, or to try some jewellery. So, I did both! Each individual sweet is about 2″ long and just under 1″ wide. You could certainly make a collection of these to fill up a sweet jar. Perhaps you even try making these with smaller size 15 seed beads to create a pair of earrings.
But, I have also shown you how to string them together in a continuous chain to make some jewellery. Of course, you can re-colour this to any combination, and just forget about the sweets theme. So, this gives you plenty of options to enjoy.