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Bejeweled garland choker

Crystal stones make pinch-me-perfect posies to dangle from a latticework choker
Bejeweled garland choker key

Embellish a netted choker with pearls, suspend bezeled chatons from the band, and make an adjustable closure for a luxurious necklace.

SUPPLIES

Silver choker 12 in. (30 cm)

  • 8 8 mm SS39 chatons, color C (Swarovski 1028, lime; schoolofbeadwork.com)
  • 8 8 mm SS39 chatons, color D (Swarovski 1028, aquamarine; schoolofbeadwork.com)
  • 4 6 mm round crystals (Swarovski, black diamond)
  • 232 2 mm potato pearls (white)
  • 5 g 11/0 seed beads (Toho 263, rainbow crystal/light capri)
  • 15/0 Japanese seed beads
    • 7 g color A (Toho 994, gold-lined rainbow crystal)
    • 15 g color B (Toho 176, transparent rainbow black diamond)
  • 6 mm snap closure
  • nylon beading thread, size B, conditioned with Thread Heaven or microcrystalline wax
  • beading needles, #12
  • bobbin or small piece of cardboard (optional)
  • cloth measuring tape

INSTRUCTIONS

Bejeweled garland choker Figure 1
Figure 1
Bejeweled garland choker Figure 2
Figure 2
Bejeweled garland choker Figure 3
Figure 3

To ensure the correct fit for this choker, measure around your neck with a cloth measuring tape, and subtract 1 1⁄2 in. (3.8 cm) from that number to adjust for the tapered end and the clasp. This is the length you will need to make your netted band.

Netted band

1. On a comfortable length of conditioned thread, attach a stop bead, leaving a 15-in. (38 cm) tail. Pick up a repeating pattern of a color B 15/0 seed bead and a color A 15/0 seed bead eight times.

2. Pick up a B, an 11/0 seed bead, and a B, and sew back through the last A to make the turn (FIGURE 1, a–b).

3. Pick up a B, an A, and a B, skip the next three beads in the previous row, and sew through the following A (b–c). Repeat this stitch twice for a total of three netted stitches (c–d).

4. To make the turn: Pick up a B, an A, a B, an 11/0, and a B, and sew back through the last A picked up in this step (d–e).

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the desired length netted band, ending and adding thread as necessary.

6. To begin tapering the end, work step 3 (FIGURE 2, a–b). 

7. Instead of making a turn as in step 4, sew back through the last two beads added in the previous step (b–c) to be in position for the next row.

8. Work two netted stitches following the established bead pattern, and sew back through the last two beads added in this row (c–d). 

9. Work one netted stitch (d–e), and end the working thread.

10. Remove the stop bead and the first three beads added in step 1, and use the tail to work as in steps 7–9 to taper this end of the necklace. End the thread.

Closure tab

1. Add 18 in. (46 cm) of thread to one end of the necklace. With the thread exiting the A to one side of the end A, pick up a B, and sew through the B beside the end A (FIGURE 3, a–b). Pick up a B, skip the end A, and sew through the next B (b–c). Pick up a B, and sew through the next A (c–d). 

2. Sew through the beadwork as shown to exit the first B added in step 1 (d–e).

3. Work two peyote stitches using Bs (e–f). 

4. Work two peyote stitches using Bs, and then pick up a B, sew under the thread bridge between the two previous edge beads, and sew back through the B just added (f–g).

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for a total of 27 rows, ending with a two-bead row. 

Bejeweled garland choker Figure 4
Figure 4
Bejeweled garland choker Photo A
Photo a

6. To taper the end, sew under the thread bridge between the last two edge Bs in rows 24 and 26, and sew back through the edge B in row 26 and the last B added in row 27 (FIGURE 4, a–b). Pick up a B, and sew through the next two end beads (b–c).

7. Stitch both parts of the 6 mm metal snap to the closure tab so they are facing up with approximately 3⁄8 in. (1 cm) gap between them (PHOTO A). End the thread.

Edge embellishment

1. Add 2 yd. (1.8 m) of thread to the end of the band with the “Closure tab,” and exit the first 11/0 along one edge with the needle pointing toward the other end of the band. 

2. Work the following rows:

Row 1: Pick up two Bs, and sew through the next 11/0. Repeat this stitch along the edge of the band.

Row 2: Pick up an A, and sew back through the next two Bs in the previous row. Repeat this stitch to the end of the row. To make the turn at the end of the row, pick up an A, sew under the thread bridge between the end 11/0 and the B below it, and then sew back through the A with the needle pointing toward the other end of the band. The As in this row will sit on top of the 11/0s, and you will be in position to start the next row.

Row 3: Work as in row 1, adding two Bs between the As added in row 2.

Row 4: Repeat row 2, and work the turn in the same manner so you are in position to begin the final row.

Row 5: With the thread exiting an end A in row 4 and the needle pointing toward the opposite end of the band, pick up a B, a 2 mm pearl, and a B. Skip the next A in the previous row, and sew through the following A. Position the pearl so it sits on top of the skipped A. Repeat this stitch to the end of the row. This completes the top edge embellishment. 

3. Sew through the beadwork to exit the first 11/0 along the other edge of the band. Work rows 1–4 on this edge, and end the thread, but do not add the final row of pearls. You will add the pearls after adding the bezeled chaton crystals.

Bejeweled garland choker Figure 5
Figure 5

Bezeled chaton crystals

1. On 24 in. (61 cm) of thread, pick up eight Bs, and tie them into a ring with a square knot, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Sew through the first B again, and pull the thread to hide the knot (FIGURE 5, a–b).

2. Pick up an A, a B, an A, four Bs, an A, and a B, and sew back through the first A picked up and the next B in the original ring (b–c).

3. Pick up an A and a B, and sew through the last A picked up in the previous stitch (c–d).

4. Pick up four Bs, an A, and a B, and sew through the A in the previous stitch and the next B in the original ring (d–e). 

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 five more times (e–f).

6. To join: Pick up an A and a B, and sew through the last A picked up in the previous stitch. Pick up four Bs, sew through the second A added in step 2 (f–g), pick up a B, and sew through the A added at the start of this step (g–h) and the next B in the original ring (h–i). Sew through the beadwork to exit the third B in a four-B loop (i–j).

7. Pick up an A, and sew through the two middle Bs in the next loop. Repeat this stitch to complete the round, step up through the first A added in this step, and snug up the beads to form a cup.

Bejeweled garland choker Figure 6
Figure 6

8. Place a color C 8 mm chaton in the bezel face up, and hold it in place with your thumb. Pick up two Bs, and sew through the next A along the outer edge of the bezel (FIGURE 6, a–b). Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and step up through the first two Bs added in this round, the next A in the previous round, and the following two loop Bs you sewed through in step 7 (b–c).

9. Pick up an A, and sew through the next two loop Bs (c–d). Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and step up through the first A added in this step. This round of As will sit on top of the round of As added in step 7.

10. Pick up a B, a 2 mm pearl, and a B, and sew through the next A in the previous round. Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and end the working thread and tail.

11. Repeat steps 1–10 to make a total of eight color C bezeled chatons and eight color D bezeled chatons.

Bejeweled garland choker Photo B
Photo b

Assembly

1. Center 2 yd. (1.8 m) of thread through the center A in the last row of the “Edge embellishment” along the edge without the pearls. Wrap half of the thread around a bobbin or small piece of cardboard if desired. 

2. With the working thread, pick up two Bs, and sew through the next A of the edge embellishment. Pick up 20 11/0s, and sew through a B, a 2 mm pearl, a B, an A, a B, a 2 mm pearl, and a B in a color C bezeled chaton. Pick up 20 11/0s, skip the next seven As along the edge of the band, and sew through the following A. Pick up two Bs, and sew through the next A in the band (PHOTO B, CENTER DANGLE). (Note: Photo b shows the back of the choker for placement). Repeat this step three more times.

3. Using the other thread, repeat step 2 to make a mirror image on the other half of the band. End the threads.

4. Add 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread to one end of the band, and sew through the beadwork to exit the fifth A from the A the last color C bezeled chaton is stitched to. 

5. Pick up 12 11/0s, and sew through a B, a 2 mm pearl, a B, an A, a B, a 2 mm pearl, and a B in a color D bezeled chaton. Pick up 12 11/0s, skip the next seven As in the band, and sew through the following A along the edge of the band (PHOTO B, LEFT DANGLE). Make sure you are working on top of the color C bezeled chatons; remember that photo b shows the back of the choker. 

6. Pick up two Bs, and sew through the next A. Repeat this stitch once.

7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 to attach a total of seven color D bezeled chatons.

8. Work row 5 of “Edge embellishment” to add the pearls to this edge of the band, and end the thread.

Bejeweled garland choker Photo C
Photo c

Adjustable clasp chain

1. Add 15 in. (38 cm) of thread to the end of the necklace opposite the “Closure tab,” and exit the end A. Pick up a repeating pattern of eight Bs and a 6 mm round crystal four times. Pick up eight Bs, and sew through a B, a 2 mm pearl, and a B in the remaining color D bezel. 

2. Pick up seven Bs, skip the last seven Bs picked up in the previous step, and sew back through the next B and the remaining 6 mms and Bs in the chain, stopping just before the first B in the chain. Pick up a B, and sew through the end A in the choker (PHOTO C). Retrace the thread path, and end the thread.

Bejeweled earrings
Editor’s note: To make earrings, attach earring findings to a pair of bezeled chaton crystals. In the earrings above, I used 2 mm round crystals in place of the 3 mm pearls.

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