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Three times the fun multi-strand necklace

Prolong your beading enjoyment with a complex-looking three-strand necklace
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Clusters of leaves, drops, and seed beads create texture in this easy-to-make three-strand necklace.

The inspiration for this project was one of Ann Benson’s crocheted necklaces, but I don’t like to crochet, so I had to improvise! For each strand, I strung a base of 11/0s and then went back and stitched a repeating pattern of embellishments over every fourth bead.

SUPPLIES

necklace 19–21 1⁄2  in. (48–54.6 cm)   

  • 26 10 x 16 mm side-drilled leaf beads 
  • 30 6 x 10 mm side-drilled leaf beads 
  • 16 6 mm bicone crystals 
  • 13 6 mm round beads
  • 40 8 mm drop beads 
  • 60 2 mm drop beads 
  • 19 3 mm fire-polished rondelles
  • Japanese seed beads 
    • 8 g size 11/0, color A
    • 2 g size 11/0, color B 
    • 3 g size 8/0
    • 3 g size 6/0
  • 19 mm cross-hole toggle bead (Beads East, 860-647-1841, beadseast.com)
  • Fireline 4 lb. test
  • beading needles, #13
INSTRUCTIONS
Three times the fun multistrand necklace Figure 1
FIGURE 1
INNER STRAND

1. Leaving a 10-in. (25 cm) tail, attach a stop bead to one end of 2 yd. (1.8 m) of Fireline. 

2. Pick up a repeating pattern of three color A and one color B 11/0 seed beads until the strand is 18 1⁄2 in. (47 cm). End with three As.

3. Pick up a 6 mm bicone crystal, two 8/0 seed beads, a 19 mm cross-hole toggle bead, and three As. Sew back through the 19 mm, two 8/0s, the 6 mm, and three As.

4. Refer to “Embellishments,” below, to add beads to each base B in the following order: Begin by working six B 11/0 embellishments, then repeat the following pattern across the strand: drop cluster; B 11/0; rondelle spike; B 11/0. When you have seven sets of one B and three As remaining on the base, add a drop cluster and then work six B 11/0 embellishments. 

5. Pick up a 6 mm bicone, two 8/0s, and enough As (here, 24) to fit around the toggle bead. Sew back through the 8/0s and the 6 mm (FIGURE 1). Remove the stop bead. Tie the tails together with a surgeon’s knot, secure them with a few half-hitch knots, and trim.


Three times the fun multistrand necklace Fugure 2
FIGURE 2
MIDDLE STRAND

1. Repeat steps 1 and 2 of the inner strand to make a 20-in. (51 cm) strand. 

2. Attach this strand to the toggle end of the inner strand by sewing through the 6 mm bicone, and retracing the thread path through the toggle beads. Sew back through the 6 mm and the end three As of the second strand.

3. Begin by working six B 11/0 embellishments. Repeat the following pattern across the strand: 6 x 10 mm leaf cluster; B 11/0; bicone spike; 8/0 picot; 8/0 picot; B 11/0. When you have seven sets of one B and three As remaining on the base, add a 6 x 10 mm leaf cluster and then work six B 11/0 embellishments. 

4. Sew through the 6 mm and two 8/0s at the loop end of the inner strand. Work a row of peyote stitch around the loop of As, and exit through the 6 mm (FIGURE 2). Remove the stop bead. Secure the tails, and trim.


Three times the fun multistrand necklace Figure 3
FIGURE 3
OUTER STRAND

1. Repeat steps 1–3 of the middle strand for a 21 1⁄2-in. (54.6 cm) strand.

2. Work six B 11/0 embellishments. Repeat the following pattern across the strand: 8/0 picot; two 6/0 picots; 8/0 picot; B 11/0; 10 x 16 mm leaf cluster; B 11/0. When you have 10 base Bs remaining, work an 8/0 picot, two 6/0 picots, an 8/0 picot, and six B 11/0 embellishments.

3. Sew through the 6 mm and two 8/0s and pick up two As. Sew through the first A of the previous row of peyote. Position two As between each pair of As in the previous row and exit through the 8/0s and 6 mm (FIGURE 3). Remove the stop bead. Secure the tails and trim.

 

 



Three times the fun multistrand necklace Figure 4
FIGURE 4
Three times the fun multistrand necklace Figure 5
FIGURE 5
Three times the fun multistrand necklace Figure 6
FIGURE 6
Three times the fun multistrand necklace Figure 7
FIGURE 7
EMBELLISHMENTS


B 11/0

Pick up a B 11/0, skip the next B, and sew through the next three As (FIGURE 4)


Drop cluster 

Pick up two As, an 8 mm drop bead, and two As. Sew through the B (FIGURE 5, a–b). Pick up three 2 mm drops, and sew back through the B (b–c). Pick up two As, an 8 mm, and two As. Sew through the B and the next three As (c–d). 


Rondelle or bicone spike

Pick up two As, a 3 mm rondelle or 6 mm bicone crystal, and an A. Skip the A, sew back through the rondelle or bicone, two As, and the next B and three As on the base (FIGURE 6).


8/0 or 6/0 picot

After sewing through a B, pick up three 8/0s or 6/0s. Sew back through the B (FIGURE 7) and the next three As.


6 x 10 mm leaf cluster

Pick up two As, a 6 x 10 mm leaf bead, and two As, and sew through the next B. Pick up two As, a 6 x 10 mm, and two As, and sew through the next three As.


10 x 16 mm leaf cluster

Pick up two As, a 10 x 16 mm leaf bead, and two As, and sew through the base B. Pick up two Bs, a 6 mm round bead, and a B. Skip the B and sew back through the 6 mm, the two Bs, and the base B. Pick up two As, a 10 x 16 mm, and two As, and sew back through the B and the next three As.

 



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