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Baroque gardens rope necklace

Stitch a simple three-strand rope necklace to complement a special bead and a baroque-style decorative clasp.


necklace 18 in. (46 cm)

  • 1 focal bead (we used the Bead&Button 20th anniversary bead)
  • 8 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, white opal)
  • 1 g 8/0 seed beads (Miyuki 462, metallic gold iris)
  • 11/0 seed beads
    • 34 color D (Miyuki 1052, galvanized gold)
    • 8 color E (Toho Takumi large-hole 2223, silver-lined dragonfruit)
  • 7 g 15/0 seed beads in each of 3 colors:
    • color A (Toho 221, bronze)
    • color B (Miyuki 1606, rose matte transparent)
    • color C (Miyuki 1816, black-lined chartreuse)
  • 3-strand clasp (Eclectica, 262-641-0910)
  • nylon beading thread, size D
  • beading needles, #12


Baroque gardens_step a
photo a
Baroque gardens_step b
photo b
Baroque gardens_step c
photo c


1. On a comfortable length of thread and leaving an 8-in. (20 cm) tail, work a four-bead ladder using color A 15/0 seed beads. Form the ladder into a ring.

2. Pick up two As, sew down through the next A in the ladder, and sew up through the following A. Repeat to work a second herringbone stitch, and step up through the first A added in this round (PHOTO A).

3. Switch to twisted tubular herringbone: Pick up two As, sew down through two As in the next column, and sew up through just one A in the following column (PHOTO B). Pick up two As, sew down through two As in the next column, and sew up through the top two As in the following column (PHOTO C).

4. Repeat step 3 until the rope is 17 in. (43 cm) or the desired length, ending and adding thread as needed. The spiral will be evident after about 1⁄2 in. (1.3 cm). Don’t end the working thread or tail when the rope is complete.

5. Repeat steps 1–4 with color B 15/0 seed beads, but make the rope about 1 in. (2.5 cm) shorter than the A rope. Repeat again with color C 15/0 seed beads, making this rope 1 in. (2.5 cm) longer than the A rope.

6. With the working thread from the A rope, pick up a 4 mm bicone crystal, three As, the middle loop of half of the clasp, and three As. Sew back through the 4 mm and the A in the end of the rope that is opposite the one your thread exited at the start of this step. Sew up through an adjacent A, and retrace the thread path through the connection, making sure the 4 mm is connected to all four end As. End the thread. Using the tail of the A rope, repeat this step, attaching the corresponding loop of the other half of the clasp. End the tail.

7. Repeat step 6 with the B and C ropes, attaching them so the B rope becomes the inner strand and the C rope becomes the outer strand.

Baroque gardens_figure 1
Baroque gardens_figure 2
figure 2
Baroque gardens_step d
photo d
Baroque gardens_step e
Photo e
Baroque gardens_figure 3
figure 3


1. On 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread, pick up four 8/0 seed beads, and tie them into a ring with a square knot, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Sew through the first few beads again (FIGURE 1, a–b).

2. Using 8/0s, work in right-angle weave (RAW) to create a strip of eight stitches (b–c).

3. Exiting the end 8/0, pick up a color D 11/0 seed bead, a color E 11/0 seed bead, and a D. Cross diagonally over the RAW stitch, and sew through the opposite 8/0 (FIGURE 2, a–b). Pick up a D, sew back through the E, pick up a D, and sew through the 8/0 your thread exited at the start of this step (b–c). Following the RAW thread path, sew through the next two 8/0s (c–d).

4. Repeat step 3 to embellish each RAW stitch.

5. Wrap the bail around the ropes, and join the ends: Pick up a D, and sew through the opposite end bead (PHOTO D). Pick up a D, and sew through the first end bead. Retrace the thread path several times. This will be the bottom of the bail.

6. Exiting an 8/0 at the bottom of the bail, pick up a 4 mm and enough 15/0s to span the inside of the focal bead. String the focal bead over the 15/0s (PHOTO E), and pick up a 4 mm and a 15/0. Skip the last 15/0, and sew back through all the beads added in this step. Sew through the 8/0 your thread exited at the start of this step, going in the same direction as before. 

7. Sew though the other 8/0 at the bottom of the bail, and retrace the thread path through the beads added in the previous step so the focal bead is centered below the bail. Exit an 8/0 along one edge of the bail.

8. Pick up an 8/0, and sew through the next 8/0 along the edge of the bail (FIGURE 3). Repeat this stitch to add 8/0s along the entire edge. Sew through the beadwork to exit an 8/0 along the opposite edge of the bail, and repeat this step. End the working thread and tail.

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