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Autumn garland necklace

Vintage-style flowers herald the colors of the coming season

SUPPLIES

Necklace 20 in. (51 cm)

  • 7 30–40 mm Lucite leaves
  • 7 26–30 mm Lucite flowers
  • 35–40 14–30 mm Lucite leaves
  • 25–30 7–26 mm Lucite flowers
  • 11–13 g 6/0 seed beads, color A
  • 1–2 g 8/0 seed beads, color B
  • 2–3 g 11/0 seed beads, color B
  • 2–3 g 11/0 seed beads, color C
  • 2–3 g 11/0 seed beads, color D
  • lobster claw clasp
  • 4 5–6 mm jump rings
  • nylon beading thread
  • beading needles, #12 or #13
  • 2 Bead Stoppers
  • 2 pairs of pliers

Editor’s note: If you don’t have Bead Stoppers, you can attach a stop bead for each thread in the beaded strand. 

INSTRUCTIONS

Having worked as a florist for many years, I find that most of my designs reflect my love of flowers and foliage. These Lucite flowers bunch beautifully around your neck, and their featherlight drape won’t weigh you down.
Autumn garland necklace Photo A
Photo A

1. On 32 in. (81 cm) of thread, attach a Bead Stopper, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. String 6/0 seed beads for the desired necklace length, and attach a Bead Stopper, leaving at least 6 in. (15 cm) for the second tail. 

2. Tie a 1-yd. (.9 m) length of thread to the center of the beaded strand with an overhand knot

3. Using one end of the thread, pick up one to three 8/0 or 11/0 seed beads, a 26–30 mm flower, a 7–26 mm flower, and one to three seed beads. Sew back through the flowers and the first seed beads picked up (PHOTO A), then sew through the next 14 6/0s on the strand. 

4. Working as in step 3, attach three more flowers to one side of the central flower, varying the size, number, and color of seed beads picked up. Using the other end of the thread, attach three more flowers to the other side. With each end of the thread, sew through the remaining 6/0s on the strand, and secure the tails with the Bead Stoppers. 

5. Repeat step 2. 

Autumn garland necklace Photo B
Photo B

6. With one end of the thread, exit a 6/0 a few beads away from the central flower. Pick up three to five seed beads, a 30–40 mm leaf, and two to four seed beads. Sew back through at least one of the first seed beads picked up (PHOTO B), then sew through the 6/0s to exit one or two beads from the next flower. 

7. Working as in step 6, and using both ends of the thread, attach a leaf for each flower, varying the size, number, and color of seed beads picked up. With each end of the thread, sew through the remaining 6/0s on the strand, and secure the tails with the Bead Stoppers. 

8. Repeat step 2, and randomly attach the smaller flowers along the strand. Repeat to attach the smaller leaves. End these threads.

Autumn garland necklace Photo C
Photo C

9. Test the necklace for fit, and add or remove 6/0s if necessary. On one end, remove the Bead Stopper. With one tail, pick up 12–15 11/0 seed beads, sew back into the beaded strand, and end the thread. Repeat with the remaining tails, sewing through the same loop of beads. Repeat on the other end of the necklace.

10. On one end, open a jump ring, and attach the beaded loop. Close the jump ring. Attach a second jump ring and a lobster claw clasp (PHOTO C). On the other end of the necklace, attach two jump rings.

Tip!

Designer’s Notes:

  • Before attaching the smaller flowers and leaves, divide them into two groups of roughly the same number and size. Then divide the groups in half again. Attach one group to half of the necklace at a time so that the overall look of the piece is balanced.
  • You can mix up the colors of the flowers and leaves, or gradate the colors along the length of the necklace.
  • If you find a floppy flower or leaf, try sewing through it again for added stability. Or add a smaller flower, leaf, or loop of seed beads behind it.
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