Beading Knots

(figure 2), continue stitching for the desired length of the necklace. With each stitch, the right needle picks u; 4mm, a 15°, a teardrop, a 15°, and iWWwfwwwwwfWfw1

[4] With rhe right needle, pick up an 11» and an A. Sew through the 11» opposite the first teardrop in row 1 (f-g).PickupanA(g-h).

[5] With the left needle, pick up an

[6] Cross the needles through an 1 la (c-d and h-i).

[7] Continue stitching, following the color pattern. With each stitch, the right the next top 11" from row 1, and picks up a 4mm. The left needle picks up two 15°s, a 4mm, and two 15»s. Then both needles cross through an 11".

[8] Repeat step 7 for the length of the necklace. Before completing the last cluster, pick up an 119 on each needle (figure 4, a-b and e-f). Then cross the needles through an 11" (b-c and f-g). Tie a concealed square knot in the

[9] With each needle, pick up four 15"s (c-d and g-h). Cross the needles through an 11°. Sew back through the beadwork as shown, and tie a concealed square knot as indicated (figure 5). Trim

[10] Open a jump ring (Basics, p. 10). Slide it through half of a clasp and the beaded loop at one end of the necklace. Close the jump ring. Repeat on the other end. •

Pull the knot inside the bead. Tighten.

Creative crossings

Stitch a necklace with pearl and crystal motifs.

designed by Noriko Romanko

stepfrystep

[1] Center a 4mm bead, crystal, or pearl on 2 yd. (1.8m) of cord. Thread a needle on each end of the cord.

[2] Using the left, or top, needle, pick up an 11" seed bead, a 6mm bead, and an 1 Is (figure 1, a-b). Using the right, or bottom, needle, pick up two ll°s, a 6mm, and an 11° (d-e).

[3] Cross the needles through a 3mm bead (b-c and e-f).

[4] Continue working both needles as follows:

Top needle: Pick up an 11°, a 3mm, and an 11 - (figure 2, a-b). Bottom needle: Pick up an 11s, a 3mm, an 11°, a 6mm, an 11", a 4mm, an 1 Is, a 6mm, and an 11» (c-d). Sew through the 3mm again in the same direction (d-e). Keep the tension tight so the beads form a loop next to the previous loop.

[5] Pick up an 11" with the bottom needle, and cross the j needles through a 3mm (figure 3, a-b and c-d).

Top needle: Pick up an 11", a 6mm, and an 11° (figure 4, a-b). Bottom needle: Pick up an 11°, a 6mm, and two ll2s (H)-Both needles: Cross through a 4mm (b-c and j-k). This completes one motif.

[6] Pick up two 1 l9s on each needle. Hold the needles together, and pick up a 6mm (c-d and k—I). Pick up two 1 l°s on each needle (d-e and l-m). Cross through a 4mm (e-f and m-n).

[7] Repeat steps 2-6 three times. Then repeat steps 2-5 for a I total of five motifs.

[8] Using the bottom needle, sew through the two 1 l°s and e 6mm of the last motif (figure 5, a-b). Pick up an 11°, and w through the next 6mm, 11°, 4mm, 11°, and 6mm (b-c).

Pick up an 11°, and sew through the next 6mm, two 11 °s, and 4mm (c-d). Continue through the next two 1 l"s, the 6mm, .11%, and the next 4mm (d-e).

[9] Repeat step 8 across the remaining four motifs. End with ur needle exiting the end 4mm on the first motif.

[10] Pick up two ll°s and a 3mm. Then string the following pattern three rimes: an 11°, a 4mm, an 11°, a 3mm, an 11°, a

I 6mm, an 11 and a 3mm. Tape or clamp the needle so the 1 beads don't fall off.

[11] Repeat step 10 with the other needle on the other end of the necklace.

[12] Using the needle on the left side of the necklace, pick up an 11°, a 4mm, two 1 l°s, a 3mm, and three 1 l°s. Sew through the loop or jump ring on a clasp half, pick up three 1 l°s, and sew through the 3mm in the same direction to form a loop (figure 6, a-b). Reinforce the loop with a second thread path. Pick up two ll°s, and sew through the 4mm and 11° (b-c).

[13] Keep the tension fairly tight so the beads are snug but not stiff, and tic a half-hitch knot (Basics, p. 10). Sew back through the remaining strung beads to the first 3mm (figure 7, point a), tying a few half-hitch knots between beads. Pick up two ll°s, and sew through the 4mm (a-b). Sew through the top two ll°s (b-c). Tie a half-hitch knot, and sew back through the two new ll°s and the 4mm (c-d).

[14] Using the other needle, repeat steps 12 and 13.

[15] To reinforce the top edge of the motifs, continue sewing through the beads as shown (figure 8, a-b). Then sew through the bottom 1 l°s and the 6mm to the next 4mm (b-c). Repeat across the remaining motifs. Secure the tails in the bcadwork. •

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Making the squares

You can make this project with either 11" cylinder or seed beads. When making the squares, the bead counts are the same regardless of which kind of 11° you're using.

[1] On 18 in. (46cm) of Fireline or conditioned thread (Basics, p. 10), crystal. Leaving a 6-in. (15cm) tail, go back through the ll°s in the same direction (figure 1, a-b). Pick up six ll»s, and go through all 12 ll°s again (b-c). Tie the tail and the working thread with a square knot (Basics).

[2] Pick up an 11°, a 4mm, and an 11°. Skip two ll's on the ring, and go through the next 11'-' (figure 2, a-b). Repeat around to add a total of four 4mms (b-c). Step up through the first

[3] Pick up an 11°, a 4mm, and an 11», and go through the next 4mm on the

I previous round (figure 3, a-b). Repeat I around to add a total of four 4mms

(b-c). Secure the working thread in the | beadwork with a few half-hitch knots (Basics) between beads, and trim. Secun the tail the same way.

[4] Repeat steps 1-3 either 13 times for an 18-in. (46cm) necklace (for a total of 14 squares) or 16 times for a 21-in. (53cm) necklace (for a total of 17 squares).

Assembly

The bead counts for assembling the necklace are different depending upon whether you're using cylinder or seed beads. If you're using cylinders, as we did in the instructions and step-by-step photos, you'll use a pattern of five cylinders, one 4mm, and five cylinders. If you're using seed beads, substitute three seed beads each time the instructions say to pick up five cylinders.

[1] Center a clasp half on 2 yd. (1.8m) of Fireline or conditioned thread. Attach a needle at each end of the thread.

[2] On one needle, pick up five cylinders, a 4mm, and five cylinders. On the other needle, pick up five cylinders, go through the 4mm, and pick up five cylinders (photo a).

[3] Cross the needles through a corner 4mm on a square (photo b).

[4] Retrace the thread path with both needles for security.

[5] With each needle, sew through the next eight edge beads of the square, exiting the 4mm at the opposite corner.

[6] Repeat steps 2 and 3 (photo c) and 5 to connect all the squares.

[7] On one needle, pick up five cylinders, a 4mm, five cylinders, and the other clasp half. With the other needle, pick up five cylinders, go through the 4mm, and pick up five cylinders. Go through the loop of the clasp half, and continue through the beads picked up with the first needle and the 4mm on the last square. With the first needle, go back through the beads picked up with the second needle, and continue through the 4mm on the last square. Retrace the thread path, secure the tails with a few half-hitch knots between beads, and trim. O

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