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Ruby-colored rosette necklace

Weave a continuous collar of pearls framed by asymmetrical square stitch flourishes

Ruby colored rosette necklace

Stitched in one continuous path, this well-formed necklace is a holiday must-have. Featuring ruby-colored pearls and bicone crystals, this necklace naturally curves along the base of your neck. 

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Materials

Necklace 18 in. (46 cm)

  • 21 6 mm Czech glass pearls (rose quartz)
  • 118 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, garnet AB)
  • 8/0 Japanese seed beads - 2-3 g color A (Toho 223, antique bronze)- 5-10 g color B (Miyuki 367, garnet-lined ruby AB)
  • 10-15 g 11/0 Japanese seed beads in each of 2 colors:- color A (Toho 223, antique bronze)- color B (Miyuki 367, garnet-lined ruby AB)
  • 12 x 6 mm lobster claw clasp
  • 2 6 mm jump rings
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #11
  • 2 pairs of pliers

 

Instructions

 

First pearl rosette

Ruby colored rosette necklace Figure 1
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1. On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of Fireline, pick up 16 color A 11/0 seed beads, and tie them into a ring with a square knot, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. 

 

2. Pick up a 6 mm pearl, cross the ring, and sew through the first eight A 11/0s in the ring (Figure 1, a-b). Sew through the pearl again and the last eight A 11/0s in the ring (b-c). Sew through the pearl and the next two A 11/0s in the ring (c-d).

 

3. Pick up two color B 8/0 seed beads, and sew through the two A 11/0s your thread exited at the start of this step (Figure 2, a-b) and the following two A 11/0s in the original ring (b-c). 

 

4. Pick up two B 8/0s, sew back through the last B 8/0 added in the previous step, the corresponding A 110 in the original ring, and the next four A 11/0s (c-d). Repeat this step six times (d-e), then sew back through the first two B 8/0s added in this round (e-f).

Ruby colored rosette necklace Figure 3
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5. Pick up a 3 mm bicone crystal, a color B 11/0 seed bead, and a 3 mm, and sew through the B 8/0 your thread exited at the start of this step (Figure 3, a-b). Retrace the thread path to reinforce the stitch, then sew through the next two B 8/0s. Repeat this step, but sew through the first 3 mm and the B 11/0 (b-c) instead of the next two B 8/0s.

 

6. Pick up four B 11/0s, and sew through the center B 11/0 of the first stitch in the previous step (c-d). Working in square stitch, pick up a color A 8/0 seed bead, and sew through the B 11/0 and the A 8/0 again (d-e).

 

7. Continue working in square stitch, adding five A 11/0s above the next five B 11/0s (e-f). For the last stitch in the rosette, pick up an A 11/0 and a B 11/0, and sew through the end B 11/0 in the previous row and the last two A 11/0s (f-g).

 

Subsequent pearl rosettes

 

1. Pick up 16 A 11/0s, and sew through the A 11/0 your thread exited at the start of this step to form a ring (Figure 4, a-b).

 

2. Pick up a pearl, and sew through the last eight A 11/0s just added, the A 11/0 your thread exited at the start of this step, and the next eight A 11/0s in the ring (b-c). Sew through the pearl and the first new A 11/0 in the ring (c-d).

Ruby colored rosette necklace Figure 5
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3. Pick up a B 11/0, sew through the adjacent B 11/0 of the previous rosette, the corresponding A 11/0, and the next three A 11/0s in the ring (Figure 5, a-b).

 

4. Pick up two B 8/0s, and sew back through the adjacent bead, the corresponding A 11/0 in the ring, and the next four A 11/0s (b-c). Repeat this step six times, then sew through the last A 11/0 in the previous rosette (c-d).

 

5. Sew through the next A 11/0 in the previous rosette (d-e). Pick up a B 8/0, sew through the adjacent B 8/0, and sew back through the next four A 11/0s (e-f), the B 8/0 just added, and the next three B 8/0s (f-g).

 

6. Pick up a 3 mm, a B 11/0, and a 3 mm, and sew through the B 8/0 your thread exited at the start of this step. Retrace the thread path to reinforce the stitch, then sew through the next two B 8/0s. Repeat this step twice, but in the last repeat, sew through the first 3 mm and the B 11/0 again (g-h) instead of the next two B 8/0s. 

 

7. Pick up four B 11/0s, and sew through the previous center B 11/0 in the second stitch of the previous step (h-i). Pick up four B 11/0s, and sew through the next center B 11/0. Pick up eight B 11/0s, and sew through the A 8/0 in the previous rosette (i-j).

 

8. Pick up two A 11/0s, and sew through the adjacent two B 11/0s and the two A 11/0s just added. Repeat this stitch five times, then work a stitch with an A 11/0 and an A 8/0. Work two more stitches using two A 11/0s per stitch, then work a stitch using one A 11/0 (j-k).

 

9. Repeat steps 1-8 for the desired necklace length, ending and adding thread as needed. In the last repeat, stop after step 5.

 

Clasp

 

1. Sew through the beadwork to exit the seventh B 80 around the pearl in the last rosette. Pick up five B 11/0s, and sew through the B 8/0 again to form a loop. Retrace the thread path of the loop several times, and end the thread.

 

2. With the tail, repeat step 1.

 

3. Open a jump ring, and attach a beaded loop and the lobster claw clasp. Attach a jump ring to the beaded loop on the remaining end of the necklace.

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