Ann Mockford Beading

The stages of covering a bugle with beads.

Crazy chain

This chain was first made by Ann Mockford and is based on one she saw in Malacca. Malaysia, but the original had loops instead of the beaded picots. The picots are worked as you go along, forcing the string into a zigzag. It looks better with the ends looped together, but if you wish to use it and want it to hang straight, don't put a heavy bead on the bottom of the string. It will weight down the chain too much This chain should be bouncy.

You can use a bugle instead of beads between the picots, and the picot beads could be larger or a different shape, or you could work a 3-bead picot.

Method

Pick up 4 beads. Skip the fourth bead and take the thread back through the third bead again, making a picot Pick up 6 more beads, skip the sixth bead and take the thread back through the fifth bead again, making a picot. Repeat this row for the length of the loop you wish.

Crazy chains and a tassel using crazy chains as a skirt (Ann Mockford).

Crazy chains and a tassel using crazy chains as a skirt (Ann Mockford).

A crazy chain (top), how to make it, and variations using different beads.

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