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Four stitches complement art-glass beads

Hang an art-glass bead from a Ndebele herringbone necklace
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Tubes of regular and twisted Ndebele herringbone and brick stitch are an excellent base for square stitched accents. Make an odd-count peyote bail to support an art-glass bead.

Make three different necklaces beginning with a ladder base. Make Necklace A with brick stitch accents or Necklace B or C using tubular or spiral Ndebele herringbone embellished with square stitch accents. A clever transition into peyote gives the ends of the tubes a polished look. Finish by hanging your favorite art-glass bead from a peyote bail.

 SUPPLIES

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  • art-glass bead approximately 1 1⁄2 in. (3.8cm)
  • 2 silver beads
  • 2 silver spacers
  • clasp
  • 2 in. (5cm) 18- or 20-gauge wire
  • 2 1⁄2-in. (6.4cm) 22-gauge head pin
  • Nymo D
  • nylon cord (optional)
  • beading needles, #12
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters

necklace A, B, or C 16 in. (41cm)

  • Japanese cylinder beads
    • 13g color A
    • 6g color B
    • 5g color C
  • 1g size 15/0 seed beads, color A

INSTRUCTIONS

Base

On 3 yd. (2.7m) of thread, leave a 12-in. (30cm) tail, and pick up two color A cylinder beads. Make a bead ladder eight beads long. Join the beads into a ring, sewing through the first bead in the ladder and then back into the last bead.
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Necklace A

Necklace A

1. Work in tubular Ndebele herringbone stitch as follows:

Rounds 2–5: color B cylinder beads
Round 6: color A cylinder beads
Rounds 7–13: color C cylinder beads
Round 14: Bs
Round 15: As
Round 16: Bs
Rounds 17–23: Cs
Round 24: As
Rounds 25–29: Bs
Round 30: As.

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Photo A
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Photo B

When you complete the row, zigzag back through the beads to mimic a bead ladder (PHOTO A). This will become the first row of your brick stitch section.
Rounds 31–34: Work in brick stitch (PHOTO B) using As.
Rows 35–39: Treating the last row of brick stitch as if it were the initial ladder, work five rounds of herringbone with Bs.

2. Repeat rounds 6–39 seven times. Then repeat rounds 6–30.

3. Refer to sections: “Ending the tubes” and “Pendant.”

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Necklace B

Necklace B 

1. Work in tubular Ndebele herringbone stitch as follows:

Rounds 2–31: color A cylinder beads
Rounds 32–48: color B cylinder beads
Rounds 49–68: As
Rounds 69–85: Bs
Rounds 86–120: As. This will be the center point of the necklace. Make the second half of the tube to mirror the first by working 34 rounds of As, 17 rounds of Bs, 20 rounds of As, 17 rounds of Bs, and 31 rounds of As. Zigzag through the last round to mimic the ladder base.

2. Refer to sections: “Ending the tubes,” “Square stitch embellishment,” and “Pendant.”

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Necklace C

Necklace C 

1. Work in tubular and modified Ndebele herringbone stitches as follows:

Rounds 2–10: color A cylinder beads in tubular herringbone.
Rounds 11–-37: Using As, work in modified tubular herringbone as follows: At the end of each round sew down through two beads and up through the first bead of the new round to make the tube twist.
Rounds 38–56: Work in tubular herringbone using color B cylinders.
Rounds 57–87: Work in modified herringbone using As.
Rounds 88–106: Work in tubular herringbone using Bs.
Rounds 107–155: Work in modified herringbone using As.

2. Make the second half of the necklace to mirror the first, switching to tubular herringbone for the last nine rounds.

3. Sew through the last round to mimic a ladder stitch row.

4. Refer to sections: “Ending the tubes” and “Square stitch embellishment.”

Finishing

Ending the tubes

If your tube is too soft to support the bail, slide nylon cord through the center before finishing the ends.

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PHOTO C
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PHOTO D

1. With the thread exiting the ladder round, pick up an A and sew through the next A (PHOTO C). Repeat around, and step up through the first new A.

2. Work a round of tubular peyote stitch, picking up one A and sewing through the next A (PHOTO D). Continue to complete the round. Step up through the new A.

3. Work a second round of peyote with As. Then work two rounds of peyote with 15/0 seed beads.

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PHOTO E

4. Retrace the last round to reinforce it, exiting a 15/0. Pick up enough 15/0s to fit through the loop of one half of the clasp. Sew through the opposite 15/0 on the last round (PHOTO E). Reinforce the loop of 15/0s with a second thread pass.

5. Secure the thread with half-hitch knots, and trim.

6. Repeat steps 1–5 on the other end of the necklace.

Square stitch embellishment
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FIGURE 1
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PHOTO F

1. On 2 yd. (1.8m) of thread, make a square stitch section that is 13 beads wide and 14 rows long FIGURE 1. Repeat to make four sections.

2.
Wrap the section around the tubular herringbone sections, and stitch the two ends together with a square stitch thread path (PHOTO F). You may have to adjust the number of rows to accommodate your herringbone tube.

3. Secure the tails with half-hitch knots, and trim.

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FIGURE 2
4. Refer to FIGURE 2 to make two square stitch embellishments that are seven beads wide and 14 beads long. Attach them to ends of the tubes as in steps 2 and 3.

Pendant

Art-glass bead

1. On a head pin, string a silver bead, a spacer, the art-glass bead, a spacer, and a silver bead. Make a wrapped loop.

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Photo G
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PHOTO H

2. Using 18- or 20-gauge wire, make a triangle with rounded corners (PHOTO G). Trim any excess wire.

3. Slide the pendant on the triangle and close the triangle (PHOTO H).

Peyote bail
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FIGURE 3
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FIGURE 4
1. Refer to FIGURE 3 or 4 to stitch an odd-count peyote bail.
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PHOTO I

2. Wrap the bail around the center of the herringbone tube, place the pendant on one end of the bail, and stitch the last row to the first row (PHOTO I). Retrace the thread path several times for security.

3. Secure the tails with half-hitch knots, and trim.

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