Jeaf fringe Conversation

Linda Gettings

Materials

85-100 cube beads or 200 bugle beads Seventy 10mm tube beads 60 faceted 5 or 6mm fire-polished beads 180 faceted 3 or 4mm fire-polished beads Assortment of size 6°, 8°, and 11° seed beads to complement other beads Assortment of lampworked beads Size D beading thread

Notions

Size 12 beading needles Scissors

Yoe Are The Storm Jewellry

If you're a fringe lover like Linda, get ready to bead up a storm to make this substantial necklace. The collar portion can be made with either cubes or bugles, and the fringe is largely up to you.

Use the working tail of Strap 2 to weave through all the crystals and Strap 1 to secure and trim close to work.

- Use the working tail of the short 2-bead peyote length on Strap 1 to string one 3mm, one 6mm, and one 3mm. Pass through the middle of the short length on Strap 2 (Figure 2).

Weave up through Strap 2 to secure and trim close to work.

Use the working tail of Strap 2 to weave through the crystals and Strap 1 to secure and trim close to work.

Step 1: Using a yard of thread with a needle at each end, string 3 seed beads, one side of the clasp, 3 seed beads, and 1 cube with one needle. Slide to the middle of the thread and pass through all again to make a circle and tie a knot.

Figure 2

Figure 1

Figure 1

Step 2: Make a 20"-27" ladder using cubes, stringing a cube with one needle and passing back through it with the other needle. When finished, string 3 seed beads, the other side of the clasp, and 3 seed beads. Weave through several beads to secure, tie a knot, weave through more beads to hide the knot, and trim close to work.

Figure 2

Step 3: Clasp your necklace and fold it in half with the clasp at twelve noon. Start a new thread at three o'clock, exiting from the top of a cube. ^String 3 seed beads and pass into the next cube. Pass back up through the next cube (Figure 1). Repeat from * until you reach nine o'clock.

Step 4' Begin a new thread at three o'clock and square-stitch or brick-stitch a second row to nine o'clock on your necklace.

Step 5: Start a new thread at the center front of the necklace. Make leaf fringe combined with faceted beads, bugles, cubes, -if Figure 3

etc.—whatever looks best to you. Make the fringe run evenly across or make it longer in front and shorter as it goes back. Work each fringe leg from each cube on the necklace.

Leaf Fringe

String the desired length of seed beads for the vine plus 6 leaf beads. Pass back through the second bead from the end. String 3 seed beads. Pass back through the first leaf bead and two of the branch beads (Figure 2). String 2 branch beads and 6 leaf beads. Pass back through the second bead from the end (Figure 3). String 3 leaf beads. Pass back through the first leaf bead, 2 branch beads, and 2 vine beads, working up the vine toward the top of O the fringe (Figure 4). [J (_J

Linda Gettings lives in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, and teaches classes at My Father's Beads in Coopersburg. She can be contacted at (610) 797-7537.

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