SHARE IT
Pin this on Pinterest

Springtime delight ladder stitch necklace

Stitch a flower necklace with a matching toggle clasp

Don’t wait for the snow to melt! Stitch a collar of flowers, and experience spring early this year. For an array of colors, get out those seed beads, and vary the petal hues randomly as you work. Simple bead loops and ladder stitch combine to make a collar of linking flowers perfect for the spring and summer seasons.


SUPPLIES

necklace 17 in. (43cm) 

  • 24 3mm Czech fire-polished beads
  • size 11/0 Japanese seed beads
  • 20g green, color A
  • 5g gold, color B
  • 7g purple, color C
  • 5g light purple, color D
  • Nymo D or C-Lon
  • beeswax
  • beading needles, #11 or #12
     

INSTRUCTIONS

Springtime delight ladder stitch necklace Figure 1 cropped
FIGURE 1
Springtime delight ladder stitch necklace Figure 2
FIGURE 2
FLOWERS

1. Using a comfortable length of conditioned thread, string a stop bead to 8 in. (20cm) from the end. Pick up 11 color A 11/0 seed beads and ten color B 11/0 seed beads. 

2. Slide the beads next to the stop bead, and sew through the first B again to form a small ring (FIGURE 1, a–b). Pick up a 3mm  fire-polished bead. Sew through the sixth B, the 3mm, and the first B (b–c). 

3. Pick up seven color C 11/0 seed beads, and sew through the third B on the ring (FIGURE 2, a–b). Pick up seven Cs, skip a bead on the ring, and sew through the next B (b–c). Repeat three more times for a total of five petals (c–d).

Springtime delight ladder stitch necklace Figure 3
FIGURE 3
Springtime delight ladder stitch necklace Figure 4
FIGURE 4

 4. Pick up three color D 11/0 seed beads, and sew through the third, fourth, and fifth Cs on the first petal (FIGURE 3, a–b). Pick up three Ds, skip a bead on the ring, and sew through the next B (b–c).  Repeat with the remaining four petals (c–d). Sew through the ring of Bs and five As (d–e).

5. Pick up 12 As. Sew through the stem bead in the same direction and the first new A (e–f). Pick up three As. Sew through the eighth and seventh As (f–g). Pick up an A, and sew through the sixth and fifth As (g–h). Pick up an A, sew through the center A, pick up an A, and sew through the 12th A (h–i) and the remaining stem beads (i–j).

6. Pick up two As, and sew through the first two stem beads and the two new As again (FIGURE 4, a–b). Pick up two As, and sew up through the previous two As. Pick up an A, and sew down through the two As just added (b–c). Continue working a two-bead ladder for a total of ten pairs, adding a single bead on every other pair, as shown (c–d).

7. Pick up nine As and ten Bs. Repeat step 2 (d–e).

8. Work the first three petals as in step 3 (e–f). For the fourth petal, pick up three Cs, sew through the end bead on the second petal of the previous flower, pick up three Cs, and sew through the B on the ring (f–g). Add the fifth petal (g–h), and repeat step 4, but only sew through four As on the stem.

Springtime delight ladder stitch necklace Figure 5
FIGURE 5

9. Pick up 12 As. Sew through the stem bead in the same direction and the first new A (FIGURE 5, a–b). Pick up three As. Sew through the eighth and seventh As, the end A on the leaf on the 
previous flower, and the sixth and fifth As (b–c). Pick up an A, and sew through the center A, pick up an A, and sew through the 12th A and two As on the stem (c–d). 

10. Repeat step 5 to add a second leaf. 

11. Repeat steps 6–10 until you reach the desired length minus 1 in. (2.5cm) for the clasp. My necklace has 23 flowers and is 16 in. (41cm) long without the clasp. Remove the stop bead, secure the tail and working thread in the beadwork with half-hitch knots between a few beads, and trim.


Springtime delight ladder stitch necklace Photo A
PHOTO A
Springtime delight ladder stitch necklace Photo B
PHOTO B
CLASP

1. Working with 1 yd. (.9m) of conditioned thread, string a stop bead to 12 in. (30cm) from the end. Pick up four Cs, a 3mm, and four Cs. Work in odd-count peyote, using Cs for a total of five rows. Treat the 3mm as one 11/0. 

2. Remove the stop bead, and thread a needle on the tail. Work five rows of odd-count peyote on the other side of the 3mm, counting the 3mm row as row 1. You will end with five beads on the top and bottom edges of the peyote strip (PHOTO A).

3. Fold the peyote strip, aligning the end rows, and zip it up to form a tube. Secure the tail in the beadwork, and trim. Weave the working thread through the beadwork so it exits the 3mm (PHOTO B). 

Springtime delight ladder stitch necklace Figure 6
FIGURE 6
Springtime delight ladder stitch necklace Figure 7
FIGURE 7

4. Pick up four Bs, and sew through the 3mm (FIGURE 6, a–b). Pick up four Bs, and sew through the 3mm again (b–c). Sew through all eight Bs, and pull them into a tight circle around the 3mm (c-d). Pick up four Ds, skip a B in the ring, and sew through the next B (d–e). Repeat around the ring for a total of four small petals (e-f).

5. Secure the thread in the peyote tube, and exit a bead on the other side of the tube about four beads from the edge (FIGURE 7, point a). Pick up four Cs, and sew through three Cs on the edge petal as shown (a–b). Pick up four Cs, and sew into the adjacent bead on the peyote tube (b–c). Weave through to point a, and reinforce the thread path with a few more passes. Secure the thread, and trim.
Springtime delight ladder stitch necklace Figure 8 cropped
FIGURE 8

6. Secure an 8-in. thread in the other end flower, and exit the edge petal (FIGURE 8, point a). Pick up eight Cs, and sew through the three end Cs on the petal, ending back at point a. Retrace the thread path again, then sew through the next four Cs, and exit at point b. 

7. Pick up nine Cs, six Ds, and nine Cs. Sew through the fourth and fifth Cs from the previous step (b–c). Check the fit of the loop, and add or remove beads as necessary so it fits over the toggle bead. Reinforce the thread path, secure the thread, and trim. 

Tip!
Editor’s note:
If you are uncomfortable working in odd-count peyote for the toggle clasp, pick up five Cs, a 3mm, and four Cs in step 1. Then follow the steps, working in flat, even-count peyote. Your toggle will be one row longer, and the flower will be slightly off center, but it won’t even be noticeable when it is worn.

Do you beading?

Then you’ll want to subscribe to Bead&Button magazine! You’ll get exclusive projects, gorgeous design inspirations, helpful advice about new products, and much more!

Want to leave a comment?

Only registered members of FacetJewelry.com are allowed to leave comments. Registration is FREE and only takes a couple minutes.

Login or Register now.
PRODUCTS YOU MIGHT LIKE
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
$3.95
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
$3.95
SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER
Get awesome news, tips, & free stuff!