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Use seed beads in right-angle weave to create a stitched variation of a European chain mail pattern

Small decorative rings and chains of seed beads come together for a necklace that unites two techniques. Linking the rings through the loops of right-angle weave creates a look that mimics traditional chain mail patterns but includes the color and texture of seed beads.

**SUPPLIES**

**necklace 17 in. (43 cm)**

**61**9 mm outside-diameter (OD) decorative metal rings**1**12 x 18 mm OD decorative metal oval- 11/0 seed beads
**10 g**color A**5 g**each of**2**colors: B, C

**1**clasp- Fireline 6 lb. test
- beading needles, #10 or #12

**INSTRUCTIONS**

**Row 1
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**2. **Pick up an A, a B, two As, a C, two As, a B, and an A, and sew through the 9 mm and the last three beads in the previous stitch again (b–c). Continue through the first six beads picked up in this step (c–d).

**3. **Pick up nine 11/0s following the established color pattern and a 9 mm. Working in right-angle weave, sew through the end three 11/0s in the previous stitch and the first six beads just added. Repeat step 2 (d–e).

**4. **Repeat step 3 until your chain has 36 9 mms, ending and adding thread as needed.

**5. **Work one stitch of right-angle weave following the established color pattern, but do not add a 9 mm.

**Row 2**

**1.** Pick up nine 11/0s following the established color pattern, and sew through the last 9 mm added in the previous row, the last three 11/0s in the previous stitch, and the first six 11/0s just added (FIGURE 2, a–b).

**2.** Pick up nine 11/0s, and sew through the same 9 mm, the last three 11/0s in the previous stitch, and the first six 11/0s just added (b–c).

**3.** Continue working in right-angle weave, sewing through the 9 mms added in the previous row as in steps 1 and 2, until you have stitched the second row through a total of 11 9 mms.

**4.** Begin adding 9 mms to the second row: Pick up nine 11/0s in the established color pattern and a 9 mm, and sew through the next 9 mm in the previous row and the last three 11/0s in the previous stitch. Continue through the first six 11/0s added in this step and the two 9 mms (FIGURE 3, a–b). Pick up nine 11/0s in the established pattern, and work a stitch, sewing through both 9 mms (b–c).

**5.** Repeat step 4 to add a total of 14 9 mms in the second row. Depending on how you stitch, the new 9 mms may sit above or below the 9 mms added in the first row, but they must be consistent.

**6.** Work the remainder of the row as in steps 1 and 2 without adding new 9 mms.

**7. **Join the ends of the first and second row with a regular stitch, as you did at the other end: Pick up an A, a B, and an A, and sew through the three edge 11/0s in the first stitch of the first row. Pick up an A, a B, and an A, and sew through the three end 11/0s at the end of the second row. End the thread.

**Row 3**

1. On a comfortable length of Fireline, pick up an A, a B, two As, a C, two As, a B, and an A, and sew through the three 11/0s that are shared by the stitches between the second and third 9 mm in the second row. Tie the working thread and tail together with a surgeon’s knot, and sew through the first six 11/0s added in this step (FIGURE 4, a–b).

2. Work as in step 4 of “Row 2” (b–c) to add a total of 10 9 mms to the third row. Connect the third row to the second as in step 1: Pick up an A, a B, and an A, and sew through the A, C, and A connecting the corresponding stitching in row 2. Pick up an A, a B, and an A, and sew through the beads your thread exited in the third row.

**Center dangle**

**1. **Sew through the beadwork to exit the A, C, and A between the fifth and sixth 9 mm in the third row. Pick up two As, a B, three As, a C, three As, a B, two As, and a 9 mm. Sew through the A, C, and A your thread exited and the first eight 11/0s added in this step (FIGURE 5, a–b).

**2. **Work a nine-bead stitch following the established color pattern (b–c). Work another stitch, picking up the 12 x 18 mm oval (c–d). Sew back through the beadwork to exit the A, C, and A in the single 9 mm (d–e).

**3. **Pick up two As, a B, three As, a C, three As, a B, and two As, and sew through one of the two nearest 9 mms in the third row and through the three 11/0s your thread exited at the start of this step (FIGURE 6, a–b). Repeat with the other 9 mm (b–c). End the thread.

**Clasp**

**1. **Using the tail at one end of the necklace, pick up two As, a B, two As, the loop of half of the clasp, two As, a B, and two As. Sew through the three 11/0s at the end of the first row (FIGURE 7). Retrace the thread path, and end the thread.

**2.** Add 12 in. (30 cm) of thread to the other end of the necklace if necessary, and repeat step 1 to attach the other half of the clasp.

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