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Elegant peyote medallion necklace

Elegant peyote medallion necklace beads

Supplies

necklace 15 in. (38 cm) 

  • 7 9 x 6 mm top-drilled moonstone teardrops (www.firemountaingems.com)
  • 8 4 mm glass pearls (magenta)
  • 23 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, fuchsia AB2x)
  • 2 g 8/0 seed beads (Miyuki #460, metallic plum)
  • 11/0 seed beads - 2 g color A (Matsuno #399d, matte fuchsia) - 2 g color B (Miyuki #4202, Duracoat galvanized gold)
  • 5 g 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki #191, 24kt gold plated)
  • Fireline, 4 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12

Basics

Instructions
Elegant peyote medallion necklace 1
Figure 1

Medallions

1. Work in rounds as follows:

Round 1: On 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread, pick up a 4 mm glass pearl and six 15/0 seed beads. Sew through the pearl again in the same direction, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail (figure 1, a–b). This forms a loop of 150s around one side of the pearl. Pick up six 15/0s, and sew through the pearl again to form a loop on the other side of the pearl (b–c). Sew through the first six 15/0s. Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the next six 15/0s. Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the following seven 15/0s to form a tight ring around the pearl (c–d).

Elegant peyote medallion necklace 2
Figure 2

Round 2: Pick up a color A 11/0 seed bead, a 15/0, and an A 11/0. Sew through the bead your thread just exited and the next 15/0 in the ring (figure 2, a–b). Pick up an A and a 15/0, and sew through the adjacent A in the previous set, the 15/0 in the ring, and the next 15/0 (b–c). Repeat this stitch 11 times (c–d). For the last stitch in the round, sew through the adjacent A in the first stitch, pick up a 15/0, and sew through the last A added and the 15/0 in the ring again. Step up to exit the first 15/0 added in this round (d–e).

Elegant peyote medallion necklace 3
Figure 3

Round 3: Using 8/0 seed beads, work a round of circular peyote stitch, sewing through the 15/0s in round 2. Step up through the first 8/0 in this round (figure 3, a–b).

Round 4: Using color B 11/0 seed beads, work a round of circular peyote stitch, sewing through the 8/0s in round 3. Step up through the first B 11/0 in this round (b–c). 

Round 5: Pick up three 15/0s, and sew through the next B 11/0 (c–d). Repeat 13 times to complete the round (d–e). 

Elegant peyote medallion necklace 4
Figure 4
Elegant peyote medallion necklace 5
Figure 5

Sew through the following 8/0, 11/0, 8/0, and 11/0 in round 4 and the adjacent 15/0 (figure 4, a–b).  

2. To make a side loop: Pick up 11 15/0s, skip the previous three 15/0s, and sew through the next 15/0 (b–c). Sewing back toward the start of the loop, sew through  the next 11/0, 8/0, and 11/0, and the following 15/0 (c–d). Retrace the thread path through the loop, and end the working thread and tail.

3. Repeat rounds 1–5 to make a second medallion, but do not add a side loop or end the threads. Sew through the beadwork to exit at figure 5, point a. 

4. To connect the new medallion to the previous one, pick up a 15/0, a 3 mm bicone crystal, and a 15/0, and sew through the adjacent 15/0, B 11/0, and 15/0 your thread exited at the start of this step. Continue through the 15/0 and the crystal just added (figure 5, a–b). Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the corresponding 15/0, B 11/0, and 15/0 on the other medallion (b–c). There should be four 11/0s along the top edge of the medallion between the side loop and this connection. Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the crystal, two 15/0s, a B 11/0, and two 15/0s (c–d). 

 

Elegant peyote medallion necklace 6
Figure 6

5. Pick up a B 11/0, and sew through the next two 15/0s, B 11/0, and two 15/0s (figure 6, a–b). Pick up a B 11/0, three 15/0s, a teardrop bead, and three 15/0s. Sew through the B 11/0 in the same direction to form a loop (b–c), and continue through the next two 15/0s, 11/0, the following 15/0, and the adjacent 15/0 in the connection (c–d). Retrace the thread path through all the beads in the drop attachment again. End the working thread and tail.

6. Repeat steps 3–5 to stitch and connect six more medallions. There should be five 11/0s along the top of each medallion between the connection points. This allows the necklace to sit in a graceful curve when worn. 

7. On the last medallion, repeat step 2 to make another beaded end loop.

Elegant peyote medallion necklace 7
Figure 7

Chain and clasp

1. Attach a needle to each end of 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread. With one needle, pick up 11 15/0s, and center them on the thread. Pass the beads through an end loop, centering the beads in the loop. With one needle, sew through the 11 beads again. Pick up a B 11/0, a 3 mm crystal, and a B 11/0 (figure 7, a–b). With the other needle, sew through the same B 11/0, crystal, and B 11/0 (aa–bb).

2. With one needle, pick up five 15/0s (b–c). With the other needle, pick up four 15/0s, and cross through the fifth 15/0 picked up with the first needle (bb–cc). With one needle, pick up four 15/0s, a B 11/0, a 3 mm crystal, and a B 11/0 (c–d). With the other needle, pick up four 15/0s, and sew through the B 11/0, crystal, and B 11/0 in the same direction (cc–dd). Repeat these stitches for a total of six seed bead sections and seven crystals. 

3. To make the toggle ring: With one needle, pick up 27 15/0s. Sew back through the fourth 15/0 (e–f). Pick up three 15/0s, and sew back through the last B 11/0, 3 mm crystal, and B 11/0 in the chain (f–g). With the other needle, sew through the next four 15/0s, and then work circular peyote around the loop, picking up one 15/0 per stitch (ee–ff). Sew through the next four 15/0s and the last B 11/0, crystal, and B 11/0 in the chain (ff–gg). Tie the threads together with a square knot, retrace the thread paths through the loop, and end the threads.

4. To make the toggle bar: On 18 in. (46 cm) of thread, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Pick up 10 15/0s, and work in flat even-count peyote stitch using 15/0s until you have a total of 10 rows. Zip up the edges to form a tube.

Elegant peyote medallion necklace 8
Figure 8

5. Sew through the hollow center of the tube, and pick up a 3 mm crystal and a 15/0.Sew back through the crystal and the tube (figure 8, a–b). Add a crystal and 15/0 at this end of the tube, and sew back through the crystal and tube (b–c). Retrace the thread path through the crystal embellishment, and end the threads. Set the toggle bar aside.

6. To complete the necklace, repeat steps 1–2 at the other end of the necklace. With one needle, pick up seven 15/0s, and sew through two 15/0s in the middle of the toggle bar (d–e). Pick up three 15/0s, and sew back through the fourth 15/0 picked up (e–f). Pick up three 15/0s, and sew back through the B 11/0, crystal, and B 11/0 at the end of the chain (f–g). Retrace the thread path with the other needle, and end the thread.

Tip!
Customize it! Each medallion is about 3⁄4 in. (1.9 cm) in diameter. For a custom necklace, stitch more or fewer medallions or vary the length of the chains.
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