Jean Campbell s/r Lx1«"W (without fringe)
You're sure to get compliments when you wear this unusually shaped amulet bag festooned with fire-polished beads and pearls.
176 transparent topaz, olivine, and spring green 6x5
faceted fire-polished rondelles 14 transparent topaz faceted fire-polished teardrop beads
1 hank of 5mm golden freshwater pearls 5 olivine 2 x 25 Czech 2-holed tubes Size 110 transparent topaz Japanese seed beads Size 11° opaque olivine Japanese seed beads Size B gold beading thread
Step 1: Make the front of the bag. Using 2 yards of thread and leaving a 4" tail, create a strip of square stitch 10 rondelles wide by 15 rondelles long. The rondelles should lie vertically for each row. Work the colors randomly. Weave in the tail and working threads and trim.
Step 2: Make the back of the bag. Use the topaz size 11 °s to create a strip of peyote stitch that is slightly larger than the square-stitched strip created in Step 1. The bag shown has a peyote-stitched strip that is 26 beads wide by 40 beads long.
Step 3: Assemble the bag. Begin by starting a new thread and whipstitch the two strips together at the sides. On the bottom, weave the thread from each bead on the peyote-stitched row to the connecting threads on the square-stitched row.
Step 4: Begin to embellish the top by starting a new thread at the top of the square-stitched row. Use pearls and olivine size I l°s to create simple fringe across the bag. Exit through the last rondelle of the bag. 'String 1 olivine tube, 1 topaz rondelle, and 1 olivine size 11°. Pass back through the rondelle and the tube." Pass through all of the rondelles on the first row of the bag and repeat from * to
Weave through beads so you exit from the fourth end rondelle down. Repeat from * to *, using the second hole of the tube. Pass through the rondelles of the fourth row and repeat from * to *. Secure the thread and trim.
Step 5: Begin the bottom fringe by starting a new thread at the lower corner of the bag, exiting from the corner rondelle. String 1 olivine size 11°, 1 pearl, 1 olivine size 11°, 1 rondelle, 1 olivine size 11°, I teardrop, and 1 olivine size 11°. Pass back through all but the last bead strung. Pass through the rondelle you just exited and come out between the first and second rondelles. Make another fringe leg.
Pass through the second rondelle. String 1 tube and make a fringe leg. Pass back through all except the last bead strung. Pass through the third through eighth rondelles on the row. Pass through the second hole of the tube. Repeat the fringe sequence so it matches the first three fringe legs. Secure the thread and trim.
Step 6: Make the strap. Begin by starting a new 8" thread at the upper corner of the bag. 'String 1 olivine size 11° and 1 pearl. Repeat from * twice.
String 6 olivine size 11°s and pass through a tube. String 5 olivine size 1 l°s and pass back through the first size 11° strung in this step. Weave through the whole stringing sequence several times. Secure the thread and trim.
Step 7: Repeat Step 6 on the opposite upper corner of the bag.
Step 8: Using a yard of thread, string 6 olivine size 1 l°s. Pass through the second hole of one of the green tubes added in Step 6. String 5 olivine size 1 l°s and pass back through the first bead strung in this step. Tie a knot.
String beads as desired using all of the pearls, fire-polished, and seed beads. String enough beads so the strap will reach your desired length, compensating for the tube on the oppo site side's length. When you are ready to attach the other tube, string 6 olivine size 1 l°s, pass through the second hole of the tube, string 5 olivine size 1 l°s, and back through the first seed bead added before the tube. Tie a knot. Pass through all of the beads on the strap again, tying knots periodically to secure the thread.
Jean Campbell is the editor of Beadwork magazine and books.
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