Moonlit garden

Embroider an elegant necklace for evening wear

Drape a path of twinkling light from two embroidered side components for extra panache. Make a pair of earrings out of single components to match your necklace. Crystals catch the light in this dazzling design, drawing the eye to a rich focal flower. 

SUPPLIES

Both projects

  • Fireline 6 lb. test or nylon beading thread, size D
  • beading needles, #12
  • E6000 adhesive

Necklace 18 in. (46 cm)

  • 9 14 x 16 mm glass leaf beads or other shape
  • 14 mm dentelle
  • 19 8 mm round Czech glass or fire-polished beads
  • 13 4 x 6 mm fringe drop beads
  • 411 4 mm bicone crystals in a mix of 3 colors: C, D, E
  • 45–55 3 mm magatamas
  • 11/0 seed beads
    • 3–5 g color A 
    • 2–3 g color B 
  • 1–3 g 11/0 cylinder beads
  • 1 g 13/0 Czech Charlottes
  • 1 g 15/0 seed beads
  • 5 x 5-in. (13 x 13 cm) piece of beading foundation
  • 5 x 5-in. (13 x 13 cm) piece of Ultrasuede

INSTRUCTIONS

Moonlit garden a
Photo a
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Figure 1
Moonlit garden b
Photo b

Necklace

Focal flower

1. Trace an outline of the dentelle onto a piece of beading foundation, leaving about 1 1⁄4 in. (3.2 cm) around all sides. 

2. Tie an overhand knot at the end of 3 yd. (2.7 m) of Fireline or thread, and sew up through the back of the foundation along the outline. Using an even number of 11/0 cylinder beads, work a round of beaded backstitch around the outline. 

3. Using cylinders, work four rounds of peyote stitch off of the beaded backstitch round to create a bezel, and place the dentelle inside it. Work a round with 15/0 seed beads and a round with 13/0 Czech Charlottes, pulling the beads taut to keep the dentelle encased.

4. Sew through the beadwork to exit a cylinder in a middle round of the bezel, and pick up an 8 mm round Czech glass or fire-polished bead. Working with the hole of the 8 mm perpendicular to the bezel, sew down through the foundation, back up, back through the 8 mm, and through the next few cylinders in the bezel (PHOTO A). Repeat to add a total of 10 or 11 8 mms around the bezel, making sure they are evenly spaced. 

5. Sew through the beadwork to exit an 8 mm next to the bezel. Pick up two 3 mm magatamas, and sew through an adjacent 8 mm, the 8 mm your thread just exited, the pair of 3 mms, and the adjacent 8 mm again (FIGURE 1, a–b). A lot of thread will show between the 8 mms, but it will be hidden later. Sew through the following 8 mm, and pick up two 3 mms. Sew back through the previous 8 mm and the following 8 mm (b–c). Continue around, adding two 3 mms next to the bezel between pairs of 8 mms. 

6. Sew through the beadwork to exit the first 3 mm of a pair of 3 mms. Pick up a 4 x 6 mm fringe drop, and sew through the next two 3 mms (PHOTO B). Repeat around to add a 4 x 6 mm between every other pair of 3 mms. 

7. Sew through the beadwork to exit a 4 x 6 mm. Pick up a color C 4 mm bicone crystal, and sew through the next 4 x 6 mm. Repeat around to add a 4 mm between each pair of 4 x 6 mms. End the thread.

Finishing

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Figure 3

1. On 1 1⁄2 yd. (1.4 m) of Fireline, sew through an edge bead at the top of an accent medallion, and pick up a B; 11 4 mms in a mixture of colors C, D, and E; an A; and an 8 mm (FIGURE 3, a–b). Pick up a repeating pattern of 12 As and a C (b–c) five times, then an 8 mm and three As (c–d). Skip the three As, and sew back through the 8 mm and C (d–e). 

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Figure 4

2. Pick up 12 As, and sew through the next C (e–f). Repeat four times, sewing through the 8 mm in the fourth repeat (f–g). 

3. Pick up an A, 11 4 mms, and a B, and sew through an edge B on the accent medallion (g–h). Sew through the next edge B, pick up a B, 11 4 mms, and an A, and sew through the 8 mm (h–i). Retrace the thread path to reinforce the beadwork, and end the thread.

4. Repeat steps 1–3 on the remaining side.

5. To create the connecting clasp component, center three As on 1 yd. (.9 m) of Fireline or thread. Over both ends, string a 14 x 16 mm and an 8 mm (FIGURE 4, a–b and aa–bb). On each end, pick up 18 As (b–c and bb–cc). Over both ends, string a 4 mm (c–d and cc–dd). On each end, pick up six As, a 14 x 16 mm, and three As, and sew back through the 14 x 16 mm (d–e and dd–ee).
Moonlit garden simplified version
Editor’s note
You may need to adjust your bead counts to fit your design. To make a simplified version of this necklace, skip the accent medallions and swag, but lengthen the sides, or work an extra two to three repeats in step 1 of “Finishing.”
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Photo c
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Figure 2

Embellishment

1. Tie an overhand knot at the end of a comfortable length of Fireline or thread, and sew up through the back of the foundation next to an 8 mm. Using color A 11/0 seed beads, work a round of beaded backstitch close to the 8 mms, concealing the thread between 8 mms added in step 4 of “Focal flower.” 

2. Exit close to the edge of the As, pick up a 14 x 16 mm glass leaf or other shape, and sew down through the foundation. Working in beaded backstitch, work a round of As around the leaf. Exit between the leaf and the focal flower, and work in beaded backstitch to add three 3 mms. Repeat with a second leaf adjacent to the first, and add a 4 x 6 mm between the two groups of 3 mms (PHOTO C). 

3. Repeat step 2 on the other side of the flower to create a mirror image. End the thread.

4. Trim the beading foundation close to the beadwork, taking care not to cut the thread. Cut a piece of Ultrasuede to match the beading foundation, and glue them together. Let the glue dry.

5. Tie an overhand knot at the end of 2 ft. (61 cm) of Fireline or thread. Sewing between the beading foundation and Ultrasuede, bring the needle up through the top of the beading foundation close to the edge, hiding the knot between the two pieces. Pick up two color B 11/0 seed beads, and sew down through the beading foundation and Ultrasuede and back up through the last B added (FIGURE 2, a–b). Working in modified brick stitch, pick up a B, sew down through the beading foundation and Ultrasuede, and back up through the B (b–c). Repeat around the focal piece, and end the thread.

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Photo d

Accent medallions

1. Tie an overhand knot at the end of a comfortable length of Fireline or thread, and sew up through the back of a piece of beading foundation. Working in beaded backstitch, attach an 8 mm and a 14 x 16 mm. Continue in beaded backstitch to surround the 8 mm and top of the 14 x 16 mm with a pleasing arrangement of 3 mms. Surround the bottom of the 14 x 16 mm with Bs. Work a round of As to encircle the beadwork, and trim the beading foundation close to the edge, taking care not to cut the thread (PHOTO D). 

2. Cut a piece of Ultrasuede to match the beading foundation, glue them together, and let the glue dry. Using Bs, work a round of modified brick stitch around the edge, as in step 5 of “Embellishment.” End the thread.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make a second accent medallion.

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Photo e

Swags

To connect the focal flower to the accent medallions, sew through an edge bead of an embroidered piece, pick up seed beads and 4 mm crystals (PHOTO E) as explained below to create a balanced drape, and sew through an edge bead of the next embroidered piece. End and add Fireline or thread as needed, and make the swag a mirror image on each side. 

For the designer’s necklace, the swag and bead counts are as follows: Between the two bottom 14 x 16 mms of the focal flower: a B, 19 4 mms, and a B in the top swag; a B, 24 4 mms, and a B in the second; a B, 29 4 mms, and a B in the third; and a B, 16 4 mms, an 8 mm, 16 4 mms, and a B in the fourth. 

From an accent medallion to the space between two 14 x 16 mms: six 4 mms in the top swag; seven 4 mms in the second; eight 4 mms in the next three; and two Bs and eight 4 mms in the sixth.

From an accent medallion to the bottom corner of the focal flower: a B and 20 4 mms in the top swag; a B and 23 4 mms in the second; and 27 4 mms in the third. All the swags in the third group should overlap the swags connecting the 14 x 16 mms of the focal flower.

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Photo f
Retrace the thread path to reinforce the beadwork, and end each thread. To clasp the necklace, slide each top 14 x 16 mm through an end loop of the necklace (PHOTO F).
 
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About the author

Melissa Grakowsky Shippee fell in love with beading in 2007. Melissa teaches beaded jewelry workshops all over the world and sells patterns through her website, www.mgsdesigns.net.  This year, she will be teaching two classes at the Bead&Button Show.

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