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Romantic roses necklace

Cultivate rosebuds and blossoms with Piggy bead petals, and plant them in a row of Tila beads and lacy loops.

For this project, the cupped side of the Piggy beads will be called the front, and the domed side will be called the back. Each Piggy bead has a center and an edge hole. In the instructions, you will be directed how to pick up each Piggy bead: (front, center hole), (front, edge hole), (back, center hole), or (back, edge hole).

SUPPLIES 

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  • Fireline, 8 lb. test
  • Beading needles, #12

Mauve necklace 18 in. (46 cm)

  • 19 9 x 6 mm pressed glass drop beads (Czech, light amethyst; www.shipwreckbeads.com)
  • 46 8 mm Piggy beads (metallic copper)
  • 59 5 mm Tila beads (dark purple opaque AB)
  • 2 g 11/0 cylinder beads (Miyuki DB0464, galvanized eggplant)
  • 11/0 seed beads
    • 11 g color A (Czech, opaque mauve; www.generalbeadsanfrancisco.com)
    • 12 color B (Toho 551PF, permanent finish galvanized rose gold)
    • 4 g 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 312, gold luster violet)

Mauve earrings 1 in. (2.5 cm) (same colors as necklace)

  • 2 9 x 6 mm pressed glass drop beads
  • 4 8 mm Piggy beads 
  • 2 5 mm Tila beads
  • 4 11/0 cylinder beads
  • 8 11/0 seed beads, color A
  • 34 15/0 seed beads
  • 1 pair of earring findings (18 mm French hook, antiqued copper-plated brass; www.firemountaingems.com)
  • 2 pairs of chainnose, flatnose, and/or bent nose pliers

INSTRUCTIONS

Romantic roses necklace f1
Figure 1

Roses

1. On 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread, pick up a color A 11/0 seed bead and two 15/0 seed beads in a repeating pattern six times. Sew through the first A again to form a ring, leaving a 10-in. (25 cm) tail (FIGURE 1). Retrace the thread path through the ring, and exit the first A.

Romantic roses necklace f2b
Figure 2
2. Pick up two As, and sew through the next A in the ring (FIGURE 2, a–b). Repeat this stitch five times (b–c), and sew through the first A added in this step (c–d).
Romantic roses necklace f3
Figure 3
3. Pick up five As, sew through the last three As you sewed through in the previous step to form a loop (FIGURE 3, a–b), and continue through the next three As (b–c). Repeat this stitch five times (c–d).
Romantic roses necklace f4
Figure 4
Romantic roses necklace f5
Figure 5

4. Pick up a Piggy bead (back, edge hole) and an 11/0 cylinder bead, and sew through the Piggy bead again (front, center hole) (FIGURE 4, a–b). Pick up two As, and sew through the nearest two As in the loop to the right as shown (b–c), with your needle pointing toward where your thread exited at the start of this step. Snug up the Piggy bead to the ring, making sure the back of the Piggy bead is facing up.

5. Sew through the Piggy bead (back, edge hole), continue through the cylinder, and sew through the Piggy bead again (front, center hole) (FIGURE 5, a–b). Pick up two As, and sew through the two As in the loop to the left as shown (b–c). Sew through the five As in the next loop (c–d). 

Romantic roses necklace f6
Figure 6

The Piggy bead should now be centered between the previous two loops (FIGURE 6). Again, keep the back of the Piggy bead facing up.

6. Work as in steps 4–5 to add a total of six Piggy beads to the ring, creating a rose. Sew through the first Piggy bead (back, edge hole), and flip over the rose so that the front of the Piggy beads are facing up.

Romantic roses necklace f7
Figure 7

7. Sew through the cylinder inside the Piggy bead, with your needle pointing toward the center hole of the Piggy bead. Pick up six 15/0s, and sew through the cylinder inside the next Piggy bead, with your needle again pointing toward the center hole (FIGURE 7). Pull the thread tight. Repeat this stitch five more times. The Piggy beads should pull together to give the rose a cupped shape. Sew to the back of the rose, and end the working thread.

8. Set a 9 x 6 mm drop bead inside the rose, so that the narrow tip of the drop exits the initial ring of beads on the back of the rose. With the tail exiting an A in the ring, pick up a 15/0, sew through the drop bead, pick up a 15/0, and sew through the A on the opposite side of the ring. Pick up a 15/0, sew back through the drop, pick up a 15/0, and continue through the first A. Retrace the thread path, and end the tail.

9. Make a total of five roses.

For complete project instructions, click here to download & print this PDF

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