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Sea-inspired necklace

Embellish a free-form peyote stitch base to depict miniature scenes from the seaside

Sea inspired bracelet

A variety of fringe techniques embellish a free-form peyote stitch base on this necklace. Glass shell beads in assorted shapes, sizes and colors give this eclectic piece a beachy charm. 

 

In the instructions below, you’ll learn how to make the necklace base. For full instructions, download the free project PDF by clicking here.

 

Materials

 Necklace 24 in. (61 cm)

  • 5-15 art-glass shell beads in assorted colors, shapes, and sizes
  • assorted 2-12 mm pearl, crystal, and glass accent beads
  • seed beads
       2-4 mm cubes
       3-10 g 8/0 seed beads in several colors and shapes, including round, cylinder, triangle, and hex-cut
       5-10 g 11/0 seed beads in several colors and shapes, including round, cylinder, triangle, and hex-cut
       5 g 15/0 seed beads in several colors
  • Fireline 6 lb. and 10 lb. test, or nylon beading thread, size D, conditioned with beeswax, Thread Heaven, or microcrystalline wax
  • beading needles, #12 and #15
Sea inspired bracelet Photo a
Photo A

Instructions

 

Necklace base

 

1. Arrange your art-glass beads and several accent beads on your work surface to give you a rough idea of how you want to organize the necklace. This order may change as you work, but it’s useful as a starting point.

 

2. On 2-3 yd. (1.8-2.7 m) of conditioned Fireline or thread, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Pick up about 24 in. (61 cm) of seed beads, strung in ¾-1 1/4-in. (1.9-3.2 cm) sections, interspersing a few of the art-glass beads and other accent beads along the strand (Photo A).

Sea B

Photo B

Sea c
Photo C

3. Work in peyote stitch back along the strand (Photo B). When you reach an art-glass bead, sew through it (Photo C), and then continue in peyote stitch on the other side. 

 

4. Continue working in peyote stitch for four or five rows, sewing through the art-glass beads each time. Vary the width of the sections so that you are not making stripes of a single bead type. Begin adding a few increases as desired so that the beadwork begins to curve to create the outer edge of the necklace. End and add thread as needed.

Sea inspired bracelet Phodo d

Photo D

Sea inspired bracelet Photo e
Photo E

5. Continue working in peyote stitch toward the outer edge of the necklace, keeping these tips in mind:

  • When you reach an art-glass bead or a cluster of accent beads, create a bridge by picking up enough seed beads to span the art-glass bead or cluster, and sewing through a bead on the other side (Photo D).
  • When you reach the bridge in the next row, work across it in peyote (Photo E).
  • Add more art-glass beads or accent beads as desired (Photo F).
  • If desired, make bridges using different techniques, such as netting.
  • Mix bead sizes. For instance, work a section of peyote using 8/0 hex-cut beads. After several rows, switch to two-drop peyote by picking up two 11/0s for each stitch instead of an 8/0 hex-cut (Photo G).
Sea F
Photo F
Sea inspired bracelet Photo g
Photo G

6. When your beadwork is about half the desired finished width, sew through the beadwork to exit an end bead on the other edge. Continue working in peyote stitch for several rows, decreasing as needed to create the inner curve of the necklace.

 

For full instructions, download the free project PDF here.

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