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Pumpkin patch ornament

This darling pumpkin, with its tubular herringbone stem and simple wirework embellishments, will bring autumn’s bounty inside your house.

Autumn has always been my favorite time of year, and pumpkins are a symbol of this beautiful season of color, harvest, and refreshing cool breezes. Use this pumpkin with its tubular herringbone stem and simple wirework embellishments to bring autumn’s bounty inside the house.


  • 25mm wooden bead, 5.6mm hole
  • seed beads
    • 5g size 11/0, color A, orange
    • 3g size 8/0, color A, orange
    • 2g size 14/0, color A, orange
    • 0.25g size 11/0, color B, green
    • 0.25g size 14/0, color B, green
    • 0.25g size 14/0, color C, brown
  • 15 in. (38cm) 18-gauge craft wire
  • nylon beading thread, size B, orange
  • beading needles, #12
  • acrylic paint to match orange beads
  • artist’s acrylic paintbrush, approx. size 4
  • drinking straw
  • water-based primer or gesso
  • sandpaper, fine grit
  • flatnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters


Prepare the wooden bead

1. Paint a wooden bead with one coat of primer or gesso. Let it dry, and lightly sand it if needed. Follow with two coats of acrylic paint, allowing time to dry between coats. 

2. On a comfortable length of thread, pick up 14 color A 11/0 seed beads, leaving a 6-in. (15cm) tail. Sew through the beads again, and pull snug to form a ring of beads. Tie the working thread and the tail with a square knot

3. End the thread and the tail. Repeat to create the second ring; however, do not end the working thread.

4. Cut a drinking straw in half and slit it lengthwise. Insert it into the wooden bead. Slide each ring of beads over opposite ends of the straw to rest at each end of the wooden bead. The ring with the working thread should be placed at the top of the wooden bead. Sew through the bead next to the knot.

FIGURE 1 Pumpkin patch ornament
FIGURE 2 Pumpkin patch ornament
FIGURE 3 Pumpkin patch ornament
Pumpkin patch ornament P01


Fourteen spokes, to be called “simple” and “complex spokes,” will be created between the two rings of beads.

1. To make a simple spoke, pick up 21 A 11/0s, and sew through an A 11º in the bottom ring (FIGURE 1, a–b). 

2. Sew back through the 21 beads (b–c). Sew through the first bead exited and the next bead in the top ring (c–d).

3. To make a complex spoke, pick up 21 A 11/0s, and sew through the next bead on the bottom ring and the last bead picked up (d–e).

4. Using A 11/0s, work in flat even-count peyote stitch (Basics) to the top of the spoke (FIGURE 2, a–b).

5. Sew through the bead in the top ring and the first bead in the spoke (b–c). 

6. Pick up a color A 8/0 seed bead, and sew through the next bead in the center row of the spoke (FIGURE 3, a–b).

7. Repeat step 6, adding nine more A 8/0s (b–c).

8. Sew through the bead in the bottom ring and the next bead on the bottom ring (c–d).

9. Repeat steps 1–8 six times to add 12 more spokes around the wooden bead in an alternating pattern of simple and complex (PHOTO A). 

Horizontal rounds

Each round will be connected to the simple spokes and will rest between the 8/0s on the complex spokes to create the look of rounded ribs on the pumpkin. Each horizontal round will be sewn through two times to “tweak” the round into position. (FIGURE 4 does not show all of the spokes on the bead.)

Round 1: Sew through the beadwork to exit the third A 11/0 in a simple spoke (FIGURE 4, point a). Pick up eight color A 14/0 seed beads, and sew through the third A 11/0 in the next simple spoke (a–b). Repeat around the bead, connecting each simple spoke with a horizontal string of beads. After completing the round, sew through each set of horizontal beads again, sewing through the spoke bead in the opposite direction than in the first round (c–d). 

Round 2: When you get back to the first spoke, sew through the next two A 11/0s (d–e). Work as in round 1, but pick up nine A 14/0s per stitch. 

Rounds 3–9: Continue working rounds as in round 1, adding one A 14/0 per stitch in rounds 3–5, then decreasing by one A 14/0 per stitch in rounds 6–9. End the thread. 

Pumpkin patch ornament Figure 4
Pumpkin patch ornament Figure 5
Pumpkin patch ornament P02
Pumpkin patch ornament P03

Tendril and stem

1. Make a wrapped loop 3 in. (7.6cm) from the end of a 15-in. (38cm) piece of wire. Do not cut the excess wrapping wire. Instead, coil it to within 1⁄4 in. (6mm) of the wrapped stem to form a tendril. Set aside. 

2. Add a new thread on the top ring, and exit any bead (FIGURE 5, point a). Pick up two color B 11/0 seed beads, skip the next bead in the top ring, and sew through the next (a–b). Continue around the top ring, adding six more sets of beads (b–c). Sew through the first bead added in this round to get into position for round 2 (c–d). Insert the wire through the wooden bead, positioning the tendril between two sets of beads (PHOTO B). Coil the other end of the wire so it is snug against the bead (PHOTO C).

3. Working in tubular herringbone stitch, pick up two B 11/0s, and sew down through the next bead in the previous round and up through the following bead (d–e). Repeat around, sewing over the tendril wire. Step up to begin round 3 (e–f). 

4. Work four rounds of herringbone using a mix of color B and color C 14/0 seed beads, stepping up at the end of each round. 

5. Work three stitches (g–h). Sew through the next four sets of beads without adding any beads, and step up (h–i). 

6. Sew through the first set of beads without adding any beads, then work one stitch (i–j). End the thread. 

7. Thread a ribbon or wire hook through the wrapped loop next to the stem to hang the pumpkin.

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