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Pinwheel pockets

Brick stitch diamonds create cozy peek-a-boo settings for a trio of rivolis

Stash-busting alert! Let your love of color run away with you as you stitch this fun and whimsical necklace using an assortment of seed and accent beads. 


Green necklace 17 in. (43 cm)

  • Swarovski rivolis (
  • 1 18 mm (sphinx)
  • 2 16 mm (medium vitrail and volcano)
  • 22–26 assorted Swarovski bicone crystals: 8 mm (peridot), 6 mm (chryso-lite), 4 mm (mocca and crystal Dorado 2X)  
  • 11/0 cylinder beads 
    • 2–4 g color A (Miyuki DB0175, transparent emerald AB)
    • 1–2 g color B (Miyuki DB1834, Duracoat galvanized champagne)
  • clasp
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #11


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Figure 1

Large pinwheel pocket

1. On a comfortable length of Fireline, work in ladder stitch to make a seven-bead ladder using color A 11/0 cylinder beads and leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Zigzag back through the ladder to exit the first cylinder with the working thread exiting opposite the tail (FIGURE 1).

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Figure 2

2. Working off the ladder, use As to stitch five rows in brick stitch, allowing the beadwork to naturally decrease at the edges to form half of a diamond shape. End with two As in the last row.

3. Pick up an A, sew down through the adjacent A (FIGURE 2, a–b), and retrace the thread path through the last three beads. The A just added will lie perpendicular to the other beads and will form the point of the diamond. Sew down through the six edge As to exit an end A in the ladder row (b–c). Your needle will be exiting the same direction as the tail.

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Figure 3

4. Work as in steps 2 and 3 to create a mirror image on the other side of the ladder row. End with your thread exiting an end A in the ladder row of the diamond (FIGURE 3, point a).

5. Working in ladder stitch, add eight As to this end of the ladder (a–b). The first A will be the connecting bead, and the next seven As will be the ladder row of the next diamond.

6. Repeat steps 2–5 four times, and then repeat steps 2–4 once more, ending and adding thread as needed.

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Figure 4
Pinwheel pockets a
Photo a
Pinwheel pockets b
Photo b

7. Join the diamonds to form a ring: Work a ladder stitch with an A (FIGURE 4, a–b and PHOTO A). Making sure your band of diamonds is not twisted, sew through the available end A in the ladder row of the first diamond, and sew back through the A just added (b–c and PHOTO B). Continue through the end A in the first diamond again (c–d). 

8. Sew through the beadwork to exit the A at the top point of the next diamond (d–e). Sew through the corresponding A at the top of every other diamond to form the back of the pocket (PHOTO C). Retrace the thread path, and sew through the beadwork to exit the A at the opposite point of one of the diamonds that was not joined in this step. 


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Photo c
Pinwheel pockets d
Photo d

9. Insert an 18 mm rivoli so the back of the rivoli rests against the beads joined in the previous step. Flip forward the three diamonds that were not joined in the previous stitch so the top points meet in the center on the front of the rivoli. Pick up an A, and sew through the top A in the next diamond. Repeat this stitch twice (PHOTO D), and retrace the thread path. End the working thread and tail.

Small pinwheel pockets

1. Work as in steps 1–9 of “Large pinwheel pocket,” noting the following changes:

  • Use color B 11/0 cylinder beads instead of As.
  • In step 1, start with a ladder of just six beads.
  • In step 2, work only four rows of brick stitch.
  • In step 9, insert a 16 mm rivoli.

2. Make a second small pinwheel pocket.


1. Add 1 yd. (.9 m) of Fireline to a small pinwheel pocket, exiting the top point B of a front diamond. Pick up a B and 53⁄4 in. (14.6 cm) of assorted crystals and cylinders in your desired pattern, ending with a cylinder. 

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Photo e

2. Pick up half of the clasp and a cylinder, skip the last cylinder picked up in the previous step, and sew back through the rest of the beads picked up in the previous step, stopping just before the first cylinder. Pick up a cylinder, and sew through the top point B of the small pinwheel pocket in the same direction as before (PHOTO E). Retrace the thread path through the neck strap, and end the thread.

3. Add 1 yd. (.9 m) of Fireline to the same pinwheel pocket, and exit the top point B in the next front diamond. Pick up a cylinder, the desired assorted crystals, and a cylinder, and sew through a top point A of a front diamond on the large pinwheel pocket. Pick up a cylinder, skip the last cylinder, and sew through the assorted crystals. Pick up a cylinder, sew through the top point B of the small pinwheel pocket in the same direction as before, and retrace the thread path several times to secure. Sew through the large pinwheel pocket to exit the top point A of the next front diamond.

4. Attach the other small pinwheel pocket as before, and then add the other neck strap as in steps 1 and 2

Editor’s notes: Each pinwheel pocket can be adapted to fit two sizes of rivolis. The large pinwheel pocket will hold a 20 mm or an 18 mm rivoli. To use a 20 mm rivoli, pick up two As between the diamonds in step 9 instead of one. The small pinwheel pocket will hold an 18 mm or a 16 mm rivoli. Increase the number of cylinders added in step 9 to fit an 18 mm.Use alternating colors for each diamond in the pocket, or alternate the color of each row in the diamonds.

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