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Holiday Harvest Bead Pattern
Indian Corn
Bead these Tiny Ears of Indian Corn
With this Free Bead Pattern

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Perfect for the Autumn Holidays, here's a free bed pattern for three dimensional Indian corn and an adorable little pumpkin. Each of these bed projects can be threaded down the middle and used as beads, attached to a pin for a brooch, or made into earrings.

First up, the bead pattern for the corn:

What You'll Need:

1 dried corn husk (best place to get these is off of a piece of Indian corn. Check your grocery store.)

A small amount of several colors of seed beads. Appropriate colors include: burgundy, black, off-white, white, yellow, orange, red, dark purple, and any other color you might see in a real piece of ornamental Indian corn. Avoid greens, pinks, etc.

Size 0 black Nymo.

Size 13 needle.

The main portion of the ear is made from a square-stitched rectangle which is then stitched together down the edges to make a cylinder. This method was chosen over tubular square stitch so that the kernels would lie correctly. Using tubular square stitch will make vertical kernels instead of horizontal kernels. The rectangle is 15 beads long and 7 rows high. Use either Quick and Easy Square Stitch or the traditional method which is briefly outlined below. If you do use the quick method, you may find that your cylinder is squishy. If this happens, you can stuff it with a piece of a cotton ball to help it keep its shape.

Pick up a single bead and go through it twice. This is the stop bead; it will be removed later. Make sure to leave a tail long enough to weave back in later without too much frustration. Pick up 15 beads to form the base row. Pick up another bead and go back through the 15th bead and through the bead you just added.

Pick up another bead and go back through the 14th bead and forward through the new bead.

Continue this way until you have 7 rows of 15. Now fold the piece lengthwise so that the two long sides meet. The thread should be coming out of one end of one of the sides. Sew the two sides together by going down through the top of the first bead on the opposite side, then up through the first bead on the original side then down through the first two beads on the opposite side then up through the second bead on the first side, etc. The X marks the beginning of the thread path.

Now close off one end of the tube by brick stitching a round of 5 beads (skip two threads opposite from each other), and a round of three.

Weave your thread back to the open end of the tube. Remove your stop bead and weave the end into the piece to secure.

Take your husk and cut an un-blemished section about 2 inches tall. You may coat this with nail polish if you like. Tear the section into strips about a quarter of an inch wide. Gather the strips at one end and wrap them tightly with thread. Leave the end free so that you can tie the two ends in a knot when you're done.

Trim the ends of the husk strips so that they don't look so square and regular. Now fit the wrapped end into the open end of the tube. Sew through the wrapped portion of the strips and go through a bead on the other side of the tube. Come up through the bead next door and go through the strips again. Continue sewing back and forth through the strips until they are securely attached to the corn. Weave into the tube to secure your thread.

Page Two: Beaded Pumpkin

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