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Beaded garden necklace

 Suspend an art-glass bead from a necklace that looks like a tangled vine

Beaded garden necklace

Seed beads and cylinder beads are stitched together using herringbone and tubular netting techniques to form this tangled vine necklace. The 2011 Bead&Button Show commemorative bead serves as the pendant for this piece, but any pretty floral bead could work.

 

In the instructions below, we’ll show you how to get this project started by making the bail and leaves. To view full instructions, download the free project PDF

 

Materials

Necklace 23 in. (58 cm)

  • 2011 Bead&Button Show commemorative bead by Sara Sally LaGrand (BeadAndButtonShow.com)
  • 7 4 mm round fire-polished beads (jonquil/montana)
  • 10 g 8/0 seed beads (grape)
  • 11/0 seed beads
    - 6 g color A (rainbow dark gold)
    - 6 g color D (matte purple AB)
    - 40 color F (light yellow)
    - 40 color G (metallic rainbow bronze)
  • 3 g 11/0 cylinder beads in each of 3 colors:
    - B (opaque luster rainbow midnight purple)
    - C (silver-lined smoke topaz)
    - E (goldenrod-lined topaz)
  • 2 g 15/0 seed beads (metallic rainbow bronze)
  • 6 mm flower spacer (vintaj.com)
  • 2 8 x 13 mm filigree cones
  • 30 x 6 mm leaf creative toggle bar (vintaj.com)
  • 30 x 6 mm small leaf toggle loop (vintaj.com)
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12

 

Instructions

Bail Peyote tube

Beaded garden necklace Figure 1
figure 1

1. On a comfortable length of Fireline, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Pick up 22 color D 11/0 seed beads. Sew through all the beads again to form a ring, and continue through the first D picked up.

 

2. Work in tubular peyote stitch until the tube measures 1 in. (2.5 cm).

 

3. With your thread exiting an up-bead, pick up three 15/0 seed beads, and sew through the next up-bead in the tube (Figure 1). Repeat around the tube, and sew through the beadwork to repeat on the other end. End the working thread and tail.

Beaded garden necklace Figure 2
figure 2

Leaves

1. On a comfortable length of Fireline, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Pick up an alternating pattern of a 15/0 and a color F 11/0 seed bead for a total of 26 beads.

 

2. Work in peyote stitch using 15/0s for five stitches, pick up a 15/0, skip the next two 15/0s, and sew through the following 15/0. Continue working in peyote stitch to the end of the row (Figure 2).

Beaded garden necklace Figure 3
figure 3

3. Remove the stop bead, and sew through the first 15/0 on the opposite end (Figure 3, a-b).

 

4. Pick up nine 15/0s, and sew through the 15/0 at the bottom of the leaf (b-c). Sew back through the beads just added, the 15/0 your thread exited at the start of step 3, and the adjacent F (c-d). Do not end the working thread or tail.

 

5. Repeat steps 1-4 to make a total of three leaves.

 

6. Position a leaf on the peyote tube. Using either thread, sew through a D in the tube, then sew through the next F in the leaf. Repeat around the leaf to tack it to the tube. End the threads. Repeat for the remaining leaves.

 

To view full project instructions, download the free PDF.

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