4. Using size 15/0 seeds, string one on cord 8, two on cord 10, three on cord 12, two on cord 14, and one on cord 16.
5. Snug the beads up to the border of the leaf and lay cord 7 across the bottom (PHOTO E). Starting with cord 8, make double half-hitches around cord 7 working left to right to the end, keeping the bottom border snug to the beads. This completes the first leaf.
6. The second leaf is worked right to left. Separate cords 16, 1, 6, and 7 with a T-pin (PHOTO F).
7. Lay cord 15 diagonally across cords 14-2. Starting with cord 14, make double half-hitches around cord 15, working right to left to the end.
8. String one 15/0 on cord 13, two on cord 11, three on cord 9, two on cord 5, and one on cord 3. Snug the beads up and lay cord 14 across the bottom.
9. Starting with cord 13, make double half-hitches around cord 14 working right to left all the way to the end.
10. The cord count will continue to change as you bring cords across to form the leaves. For example, end cords 1 and 16 are now 14 and 7. Instead of trying to keep track, it’s easiest to renumber the cords 2-16 (plus 1 now on the right end) after every second leaf. This way you can simply repeat steps 3-9 until you have made 18 leaves.
Making the ends
1. After the last leaf, renumber the cords 1-16 from left to right. Lay cord 1 horizontally over all the cords and make a row of double half-hitches straight across, working from left to right.