Fantasia Amulet Bag Necklace

The personal chollenge I gave mvs*lf when creating this piece was to make each fringe using a different technique and not repeating ony one method. The body of the bag started out as a strip of beadwork.

4 to 6 oz. size 8° hex beads in assorted colors

5 to 7 oz. size 8* Japanese seed beads In assorted colors

8 to 10 oz. size 11° gold Delicas

20 oz. two styles Japonese bugle beads in assorted colors

4 to 6 oz. seed beads in several sizes

Focal bead

10 to 15 special beads: freshwater pearls, miracle beads, crystals, faceted round beads, and faceted teardrop beads

Nymo "B" thread

10" 22-gouge Niobium wire

A12 beading needle

Thread conditioner

Scissors

Wire cutlers

Round nose pliers

Crimping pliers

Sectioned ceramic wotercolor dish

Finished sisei 3" x 5' bag widi 22" strap

Instructions

1. Thread a needle, double die thread, and condition.

2. String on 54 assorted 8° beads {or enough beads to create the diameter bag you want) in groups of four to seven of each color or texture.

3. Sritch in basic peyote, matching the base row beads for the first three rows.

4. Once you have three or four rows with 8° beads, begin varying the bead sizes in the stitch. As you add beads ol varying sizes, it may help to think of die 8° beads as a single unit and cwo 11° beads as one unit. Try to create patches of color and texture as you add beads, and be sure to try to blend the patches into one another.

To create an arch:

1. Pass through a bead, add six beads, skip three beads, pass through the next raised bead, and continue as before, adding beads ro complete the round

2. When you sritch your way back to the arch, add beads to the bead arch in the same manner as the pcyotc stitch.

Add os mony gaos os you wish and vary the length of the openings. Consider adding o larger Dead and then adding on orch ovor It. You con odd moro than on© arch in a row, but be sure that you don't add so many arches that the beodwork loses Its shape. You'll need to roinforc« lb© arches to give them strength. Be sure to scarrcr pearls, focetcd beads throughout the becdviork os you sfitch to create visual texture and interest.

2. Stitch the wire hand onto the ccnter of the beadwork, using bead loops.

To embellish:

1. Bend a wire hand out of the niobium wire, as instructed on page 43.

2. Stitch the wire hand onto the ccnter of the beadwork, using bead loops.

3. Continue beading back and forth on the project.

4. Add an arch around the end of the wire hand and build up the arch with two or three rows.

5. Use seed bead loops to attach the fingers to the arch to reinforce the beadwork.

To create the hag:

1. WKcn you have a piece of beadwork that is about 7" long and at least 3' high. I stitch until your needle is at the end of [ a row.

I 2. Fold the ends of the beadwork toward I the middle and overlap one end over the I other slightly. You may need to try each [ end in front to determine which end you I prefer.

3. Needle through the beadwork to attach the two ends together to create a tube. Keep in mind that you don'i have to perfecdy align the ends. Stitch through the back of the beadwork that will be in the front to anchor it. Some of the visual interest in this project will be created by the texture on the end that's in front. It will look like a ruffle.

To close the bottom:

1. Continue adding rounds until the bag is the size you desire and decide which side of the bag will become the front.

2. Add three rows of fiat pcyote to the (taut using 8° beads and stitching back and forth on the edge that is die front

4. Stitch back and forth on the end that's in front. Add some larger beads or charms.

5. Position a focal bead in the top of die crevice formed by bringing the two cads to the middle and stitch through it to anchor it to the beadwork. Continue building the upper edge of die ntbe.

when you compress the sides of the beadwork together.

3. Fold up this flap and fit the staggered beads into die beads of the bag back. Add another row, if necessary, so the beads easily interlock.

4. Stitch the bottom and bag back together, zipping the two portions together, and adding beads [as necessary' to fill any gaps.

5. Anchor the thread in die beadwork to end.

To add the fringe:

1. Thread a needle with a new thread, double the thread, and condition it.

2. Anchor the thread in the bead fabric and bring the needle out at the bag fronts bottom left side.

3. Thread on 2' of assorted seed beads, ending with a special bead.

4. Add a ph ot bead and pass back through the special bead and up through the beads on the fringe.

5. Finish fringe strand by putting a half-hitch over the threads where you anchor the fringe.

6. Continue adding a variety of fringe scrands using different techniques until rhc bottom of the bag is completely embellished.

4. Add additional rextural embellishment up the sides and onto the strap in order to integrate the strap into die bcadwork, stitching up the strap for several inches.

I. Find the center of one of the upper edges of the bag and begin to stitch in flat pryore stitch to create a narrow strap that is three beads wide.

2. Continue stitching back and forth on the strap until it is the length you de-sire.

3. An.lior the strap to the other side by zippiug it onto the side of the bag.

To finish:

I. Find the center of one of the upper edges of the bag and begin to stitch in flat pryore stitch to create a narrow strap that is three beads wide.

2. Continue stitching back and forth on the strap until it is the length you de-sire.

3. An.lior the strap to the other side by zippiug it onto the side of the bag.

4. Add additional rextural embellishment up the sides and onto the strap in order to integrate the strap into die bcadwork, stitching up the strap for several inches.

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