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Out for a spin spiral rope necklace

Lentil beads add color and texture to a spiral rope necklace

While you’re most likely to see lentil beads at the end of a dangle, they really stand up and get noticed in this project. Add them to a simple spiral rope for a lavish, jewel-toned necklace.

SUPPLIES

necklace 30 in. (76cm)

  • 125 each of 6mm lentil beads (Beadcats, beadcats.com)
    • olive green, color A
    • purple, color B
    • amber, color C
    • cranberry, color D
  • 30g each of size 11/0 seed beads
    • olive green, color A
    • purple, color B
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12


INSTRUCTIONS

Rope

Out for a spin spiral rope necklace Figure 1
FIGURE 1
Out for a spin spiral rope necklace Figure 2
FIGURE 2

1. Using a comfortable length of Fireline, pick up four color A 11/0 seed beads, one color B 11/0 seed bead, one color A lentil, and one B 11/0. Leaving a 10-in. (25cm) tail, tie a surgeon’s knot as shown in FIGURE 1, point a. Go back through the four A 11/0s (a–b).

2. Pick up an A 11/0, a B 11/0, a color B lentil, and a B 11/0 (FIGURE 2, a–b). Go through the top three A 11/0s and the new A 11/0 just added (b–c). Move the new lentil group over to the left so it’s next to the first.

3. Repeat step 2, rotating your lentil colors, until your necklace is the desired length. My necklace is 30 in. (76cm).

Finish the ends

Out for a spin spiral rope necklace Figure 3
FIGURE 3

1. To make the loop closure, pick up 21 A 11/0s.

2. Go back through several As in the rope (FIGURE 3, a–b). Secure the Fireline and trim the tail. 

3. On the other end of the necklace, thread a needle on the tail.

Editor’s Note: Wear your necklace at different lengths by making an easy extension. Make a spiral rope the desired length by following steps 1–3, but substitute color B 11/0s for the lentil beads. By finishing with a loop on one end and a flower on the other, you can connect the extension to the larger rope as shown in the photo or wear it as a bracelet or anklet.

 

Out for a spin spiral rope necklace Figure 4
FIGURE 4
Out for a spin spiral rope necklace Figure 5
FIGURE 5

4. To make the flower, pick up three A 11/0s, a B 11/0, an A lentil, and a B 11/0 (FIGURE 4, a–b).

5. Go through the last A 11/0 in the core and the three new A 11/0s (b–c).

6. Pick up a B 11/0, a B lentil, and a B 11/0 (FIGURE 5, a–b). Go back through the top three A 11/0s (b–c).

 

Out for a spin spiral rope necklace Figure 6
FIGURE 6

7. Stitch three more lentil groups (rotating colors), always going through the top three A 11/0s. By going through the same As, the lentils will fan out into flower petals. The top of the flower is shown in FIGURE 6

8. Go back down the core, and reinforce the connection by going through several petals and at least the first five core beads. Secure the Fireline and trim the tail.

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