Which when it comes to beading gifts is not that far off, so I thought I would dedicate
this week to showing patterns, and specials dealing with holiday ideas.
This mornings idea comes from FaveCrafts and is Turkey Bead Earrings. These can
also be turned into wine charms to decorate your Thanksgiving table.
Thanksgiving Turkey Bead
By: Angela Womach and Polly Nobbs-LaRue for Rings & Things
Follow this step-by-step photo tutorial to create beaded turkey
perfect for Thanksgiving. You can also turn the beaded turkeys into wine
charms. For more information about Rings & Things and where you can
find the materials for these beaded turkeys, see About Ring & Things.
Images are bigger than actual size for clarity.
Making the body:
Using half the cord (50"), thread needle and loosely anchor a bead about 1"
from the end of the cord by stringing any bead and tying it in place with a
half-hitch (the knot that loosely anchors your shoes before you tie the bow).
Do not knot firmly; this bead is supposed to come off at the end of the project.
This anchor bead will make holding the project easier and stop beads from falling
Make a "Ladder Stitch". *Note: for the body, we'll just call the color of the
beads Topaz (though it should be Smoky Topaz), so as not to confuse it with
Push the beads towards the end of the cord, about ½" from the anchor bead.
Now string back through the second bead from the end of the working cord
side hole first. When finished, the working cord should be next to the
Start the Brick Stitch:
The next row (Row 2) will have 6 Topaz beads. String a bead and take
the needle through the cord of the above row, just between the 1st and
2nd beads. Gently pull partway tight, but make sure you can still see
Now string back down into that bead, going in the same hole that the
Repeat with Row 3; it will have 5 Topaz beads.
where the cord goes through the bead.
needle just came out of. Gently pull tight.
in the row. Notice this stitch decreases with each row.
Making the legs:
Cord should now be coming out of the last bead on Row 3. From here,
4 Orange beads, loop back up into the second bead, and out.
String another Orange bead here, and then thread back through the 2
remaining beads and up into the second Topaz bead in Row 3. Pull
tight so that the added bead pushes out past the others, making the
heel of his foot.
From Row 3, thread up into the third bead in Row 2, across to the
fourth bead in, and back down to the fourth bead of Row 3, which is
the second bead in from the right side.
Again string 4 Orange beads to make the other leg. Bring in the bead for
Finishing the body:
From Row 3, work back up to the first bead in Row 1 on the left side,
the side with the 1½" anchor piece. Tie a knot using the two cords and
- Row 5 has 5 beads.
- Row 6 has 4 beads.
- Row 7 has 3 beads.
Needle should now be coming out of the last bead in the left side of
Row 7. This next row (Row 8) needs 4 beads, one at the beginning
and end of this row. This is called "adding" beads. Start by stringing
2 Topaz beads, then thread the needle through the cord between the
last 2 beads of the below row.
Then go back through the hole of the second bead strung (go through the
hole you came out of). Notice that this pushed the first bead out past the
end bead on Row 7.
Brick Stitch another Topaz bead and then "add" a Siam bead (for the wattle)
to the end of this row. Do this by stringing the siam bead, then pulling needle
down into the last bead in Row 7, out the side and back up into the Siam bead.
Row 9 is a normal "decreasing" row, with a Siam, one Orange (for his beak),
and a Topaz.
Make Row 10 exactly like in steps 4c-e by "adding" beads. Use a Topaz,
2 Orange, and a Siam.
The next row up (Row 11) will also need beads "added". This row has a Siam,
3 Orange, and a Topaz.
And again with Row 12 "add" beads at the beginning and end. Use 3 Topaz
and 3 Siam.
Continue now with the normal Brick Stitch decreasing the number of beads
in Row 13 to five.
-Row 13 has a Topaz, Black (for the eyes), a Topaz, another Black,
Making the feathers:
Cord is now on the left side of the Turkey's head. Work the cord down
through beads of the head and body, coming out the bottom of the 1st
bead on Row 2.
Now string a Bugle bead, a Smoky Topaz SL, a Topaz SL, another Sm.
Topaz SL, 3 White Ceylon, a Sm. Topaz SL, a Topaz SL, a Sm. Topaz SL,
a Bugle bead, and another Sm. Topaz SL. Thread needle into the bottom
hole of the end bead on Row 1, out of the top of the hole, and back into
the Sm. Topaz SL, Bugle bead, Sm. Topaz SL, Topaz SL, and Sm. Topaz
SL. Stop before going into the 3 Whites.
Add 3 more Whites and work back down with a Sm. Topaz SL, Topaz SL,
Sm. Topaz SL, Bugle, and 2 Sm. Topaz SL's. Attach to Row 5, and come
back out the brown feather beads (stopping before the white beads).
Continue the above steps, but the next group will have 3 Sm. Topaz SL's
at the end and it will attach on Row 8.
The next eight groups of feathers are all alike but will NOT have any Sm.
Repeat steps for other earring. The finished product: Beaded turkey earrings,
another free jewelry project from Rings & Things.
To see the full instructions from or other projects from FaveCrafts click here.