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Add some color crayon ornament

A great gift for a classroom teacher, or to commemorate the year that your own child started school! 

Remember how exciting it was as a child to open a new box of crayons? Here’s one made in herringbone stitch over a wooden dowel that will always stay new! You can personalize this crayon ornament by stitching the date into the wrapper.

SUPPLIES 

  • size 11/0 cylinder beads:
  • 2.5g color A, yellow AB
  • 1.5g color B, yellow opaque
  • 2g color C, black
  • nylon beading thread, size B, yellow
  • #10 beading needles
  • 3 1⁄2 in. (8.9cm) dowel, 1⁄4 in. (6mm) diameter
  • acrylic paint, yellow
  • artist acrylic paintbrush, approx. size 4
  • handheld pencil sharpener
  • water-based varnish, satin finish

INSTRUCTIONS

CRAYON

1. Sharpen a dowel to a blunt point and paint it with two coats of paint, allowing time to dry between coats. Finish both ends with a coat of varnish.

Add some color crayon ornament figure 1
FIGURE 1
Add some color crayon ornament figure 2
FIGURE 2

2. On a comfortable length of beading thread, pick up 28 color B cylinder beads, leaving a 6-in. (15cm) tail.

3. Create a bead ladder two beads high and 14 sets long. Form the ladder into a ring by sewing through the two end sets. Hold the ring with the tail exiting the bottom and the working thread exiting the same set of beads on the top. Slide the ring over the dowel with the point facing down.

4. Pick up two color A cylinders, and sew down through the next set of beads (FIGURE 1, a–b). Sew up through the next set of beads, pick up two As, and sew down through the next set of beads (b–c). Continue around (c–d).

Step up by sewing through two beads in the ladder and the first bead added in this round (d–e).

5. Work 48 rounds of tubular herringbone stitch, following FIGURE 2 to determine color changes.

6. Work round 51 in tubular herring-bone, but pick up four Bs in each stitch rather than two, and exit the bead shown (FIGURE 3, a–b). Reverse direction, and sew up through three beads and down through two beads (b–c). Pull snug. Sew up through two beads and down through two (c–d).

7. Repeat around to create the look of a ladder at the top of the crayon (d–e). Reverse direction, and sew up through two beads (e–f).

Add some color crayon ornament figure 3
FIGURE 3
Add some color crayon ornament figure 4
FIGURE 4

HANGING LOOP

1. Sew through the beadwork to exit the bead shown (FIGURE 4, a–b).

2. Pick up 10 As, skip seven beads, and sew down through the top two Bs in the next column (b–c).

3. Sew up through the two adjacent beads and back through the beads in the loop. Skip five beads, and sew down through the top two beads in the next column (c–d). Sew up through the next two beads (d–e).

4. Retrace the thread path through the loop to reinforce it, and end the threads. Thread ribbon or wire hook through the loop to hang the crayon.

Add some color crayon ornament numeral patterns
All numbers have been graphed here so the crayon can be personalized with any date.

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