A right-angle weave necklace fit for a queen

Seed bead bases, embellished on both sides, give modified right-angle weave the look and feel of crown jewels.


necklace 16 in. (41 cm)

  • Swarovski crystals
    • 3 16 x 11 mm pendants
    • 124 4 mm bicones
    • 108 3 mm bicones
  • Japanese seed beads
    • 15 g size 8/0
    • 20 g size 11/0
    • 15 g size 15/0
  • clasp
  • 2 8 mm jump rings
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12
  • 2 pair of chainnose pliers

Figure 1

Large units

1. On 3 yd. (2.7 m) of Fireline, pick up a repeating pattern of three 8/0 seed beads and a 4 mm bicone crystal four times, leaving a 10-in. (25 cm) tail. Sew through the first 8/0 again (FIGURE 1, a–b). Retrace the thread path, skipping the center 8/0 in each set of three, and pulling tightly to bring the beads into a square shape. Exit the center 8/0 of the first set (b–c).

Figure 2

2. Pick up seven 11/0 seed beads, sew through the next center 8/0 (FIGURE 2, a–b), and sew back through the seventh 11/0 (b–c).


3. Pick up six 11/0s, sew through the next center 8/0, and sew back through the sixth 8/0 (c–d). Repeat (d–e).


4. Pick up five 11/0s, and sew through the first 11/0 from step 2 and the next center 8/0 (e–f). Sew through the first four 11/0s again (f–g).

Figure 3

5. Pick up a 3 mm bicone crystal, skip five 11/0s, and sew through the next 11/0 (FIGURE 3, a–b). Repeat three times (b–c). Retrace the center thread path to reinforce the crystals added in this step. Sew through the beadwork to exit a center 8/0 (c–d)


6. Flip the beadwork, and repeat steps 2–5 on the other side. Don’t trim the working threads or tails, as they will be used to connect the units.


7. Repeat steps 1–6 to make a total of nine large units.


Small units

Make nine small units by repeating steps 1–7 of “Large units,” but substitute 3 mms for the 4 mms, 11/0s for 8/0s, and 15/0 seed beads for 11/0s. 

Figure 4

Crystal connections

1. Starting with a small unit, thread a needle on one of the tails, making sure the thread is exiting a center 11/0 (FIGURE 4, point a)


2. Pick up a 15/0, a 4 mm, a 15/0, a 4 mm, and a 15/0. Sew through a center 8/0 on a large unit (a–b), and pick up a 15/0, a 4 mm, a 15/0, a 4 mm, and a 15/0. Sew back through the 11/0 your thread exited in the small unit. Retrace the thread path to reinforce the join (b–c). Secure the working thread with a few half-hitch knots, and trim. Don’t secure the tail, as you will use it to attach the clasp.


3. Repeat steps 1 and 2, connecting an alternating pattern of small and large units, ending with a small unit. Reserve one large unit for the center dangle. 

Figure 5
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4. Secure a new thread in the small unit at the middle of the necklace, and exit the center 11/0 at the bottom of it (FIGURE 5, point a).

5. Connect the remaining large unit as in steps 1 and 2, but don’t secure or trim the thread (a–b). Sew through the beads of the large unit as shown, and exit the opposite 8/0 (b–c).


6. To add the crystal dangle, pick up a 15/0, a 4 mm, a 15/0, a 4 mm, 13 15/0s, and a crystal pendant. Sew back through the first 15/0 of the 13 you just picked up (c–d). Pick up a 4 mm, a 15/0, a 4 mm, and a 15/0, and sew back through the 8/0 your thread exited at the start of this step (d–e). Retrace the thread path, secure the working thread, and trim. 


7. Repeat step 6 to add dangles to the two large units on either side of the small center unit.


Figure 6

8. Make a crystal connection on one end of the necklace using the tail from the small unit. Make sure the thread is exiting the end center 11/0, and pick up a 150, a 4 mm, a 15/0, a 4 mm, a 15/0, a 4 mm, a 15/0, a 4 mm, and a 15/0. Sew through the end 11/0 (FIGURE 6, a–b), and retrace the thread path several times to reinforce the ring. Secure the tail, and trim. Repeat on the other end of the necklace.


9. Open a jump ring, and attach half of the clasp and the beaded ring on one end of the necklace. Close the jump ring. Repeat on the other end of the necklace with the other half of the clasp.

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