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Spiral stitch necklace

Freshwater pearls, fire-polished beads and seed beads make a fashionable necklace

This colorful necklace works up quickly with spiral stitch. We love how the green cylinder beads and gold fire-polished beads complement the pink freshwater drop pearls, but you can use any assortment of colors you’d like. For the clasp, you could substitute a round Swarovski faceted button in place of the shank-enhanced 12 mm Swarovski rivoli.

Materials

Necklace 19 1/2 in. (49.5cm)

  • 150 8mm freshwater drop pearls
  • 150 4mm fire-polished beads
  • 42 Japanese cylinder beads
  • size 8/0 Japanese seed beads
    • 3g color A
    • 7g color B
  • 12mm shank-enhanced Swarovski rivoli for clasp (Joyce Trimmings, ejoyce.com)
  • Fireline 6 lb. test, or Nymo D conditioned with beeswax or Thread Heaven
  • beading needles, #12
Instructions
Spiral stitch necklace Figure 1
Figure 1
Spiral stitch necklace Figure 2
Figure 2

[1] On 2 yd. (1.8m) of Nymo or Fireline, leaving a 10-in. (25cm) tail, pick up three color A 8/0 seed beads, a color B 8/0, an 8mm pearl, a B, and a 4mm fire-polished bead (Figure 1, a-b). Tie the beads into a ring with a surgeon’s knot. Sew back through the three As (b-c).

[2] Pick up an A, a B, a pearl, a B, and a 4mm (Figure 2, a-b). Sew through the top A, snug up the beads, and sew through the A just added (b-c). Move the new pearl loop to the left so it sits on top of the first pearl loop.

[3] Repeat step 2 until your necklace is the desired length, adding thread as needed.

Spiral stitch necklace Figure 3
Figure 3
Spiral stitch necklace Figure 4
Figure 4

[4] To attach the rivoli half of the clasp, sew through the end B. Pick up three cylinder beads, a 4mm, three cylinders, the 12mm rivoli, and three cylinders (Figure 3, a-b). Sew back through the 4mm (b-c). Pick up three cylinders and a B, and sew back through the end A (c-d). Make a half-hitch knot. Retrace the thread path a few times to reinforce the stitching. Secure the thread with a few half-hitch knots, and trim. 

[5] To make a loop closure, thread a needle on the tail with the thread exiting an A. Pick up a B, three cylinders, a 4mm, and enough cylinders (approximately 24) to fit around the button (Figure 4, a-b). Sew back through the 4mm (b-c), and pick up three cylinders and a B (c-d). Sew through the last two As, and tie a half-hitch knot. Retrace the thread path a few times to reinforce the stitching. Secure the thread with a few half-hitch knots, and trim.

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