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Fluorite and chevron stitch necklace

Exotic Egyptian necklace is easy to make

If you’ve never tried a chevron stitch, this is the project that will get you hooked. You’ll get the rhythm quickly and then you won’t believe how simply the necklace comes together. 

See the instructions to make the necklace below, or download the free project PDF, which includes earrings, here.

Materials

Necklace 18 in. (46 cm) 

  • 45 10 mm round fluorite or Czech glass beads
  • 2 16-in. (41 cm) strands 4 mm cube beads
  • 4 mm large-hole bead
  • 6 g 11/0 Ornella seed beads
  • Fireline 6 lb test, smoke
  • toggle clasp
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • size 13 beading needle

Supplies from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, 800.355.2137, firemountaingems.com.

Instructions:
Fluorite and chevron stitch necklace 1
Step 1
Fluorite and chevron stitch necklace 2
Step 2

1. Cut a 3-yd. (2.8 m) piece of thread and center a needle. String a large-hole bead. With both ends, tie an overhand knot around the bead, leaving 7-in. (18 cm) tails. String: cube bead, two 11/0 seed beads, cube, two 11/0s, cube, two 11/0s. Go back through cube A. 

2. String two 11/0s, a cube, and two 11/0s. Go through cube C from step 1.

Tip!

While one piece of thread is the ideal, I am a tangler. So to keep things from getting knotty, I used a shorter thread. To end a thread mid-design, weave it back through a dozen or so beads, following the original thread path. Start a new piece the same way, emerging where the last piece ended.

Fluorite and chevron stitch necklace 3
Step 3
Fluorite and chevron stitch necklace 4
Step 4

3. Repeat step 2, going back through the last cube strung. Repeat 36 to 40 times; 38 stitches on each side makes an 18-in. (46 cm) necklace.

4. String 13 11/0s, a round bead, and an 11/0. Go back through the round and the 13 11/0s.

Fluorite and chevron stitch necklace 5
Step 5
Fluorite and chevron stitch necklace 6
Step 6

5a. Tighten the threads.

5b. String two 11/0s, a cube, and two 11/0s. Go back through the last cube strung. Repeat.

6a. String four 11/0s, a round, and an 11/0. Go back through the round and the four 11/0s. Tighten the threads.

6b. Repeat steps 4 to 6a until you’ve made a total of 23 long dangles and 22 short dangles.

6c. Repeat step 2 37 to 41 times.

 
Fluorite and chevron stitch necklace 7
Step 7

7a. String eight 11/0s, half of a clasp, and seven 11/0s. Go back through the first two 11/0s strung and back through your work for a dozen or so beads. Tie a double square knot (right over left and left over right, repeat) and trim the excess thread.

7b. On the other end, remove the large-hole bead and thread the needle. Repeat step 7a.

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